NHRC, STAKEHOLDERS CONSIDER NATIONAL ACTION PLAN ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Posted: 2017-01-27

The Activities of Multinational Corporations and other businesses adversely affect livelihoods and human rights in various ways and as such steps should be taken to address these human rights concerns, the Acting Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mrs. Oti Ovrawah has said.


Mrs. Ovrawah who stated this in her welcome address at a stakeholders meeting in Abuja to consider a Consultative Draft of National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights noted that many communities in Nigeria are negatively affected by the activities of oil, extractive industries or other businesses.

She said that in order to address these issues, stakeholders like Ministries, departments, agencies of government, civil society organizations, business groups and community representatives were strategically selected to attend the stakeholders interface towards the realization of the overall goal of a safe and secure environment for all.

The meeting which was organized by the NHRC with the support of embassy of Switzerland in Nigeria is expected to come up with a national document to be adopted in the conduct of business in Nigeria in line with the UN guideline on Business and Human rights, this in turn would advance the course of human rights in Nigeria.

At the event were the Ambassador of Switzerland to Nigeria His Excellency Eric Moraz, Evelyn Mere the Country Director of Ox farm and other critical stakeholders


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