2018 National Human Rights Commission || Press Release

OJUKWU ASSUMES OFFICE AS ES NHRC, TASKS JOURNALISTS ON PUBLIC ACCOUNTABILITY

Posted: 2018-05-03


Anthony Okechukwu Ojukwu Esq on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 officially assumed office as the Substantive Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) following his nomination by the President and subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Ojukwu who assumed office as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Commission on the eve of the 2018 World Press Freedom Day, used the opportunity to call on journalists to be more committed to their constitutional responsibility of upholding public accountability and respect for human rights as "these form part of the cardinal pillars of democracy".

The new NHRC boss observed that the theme of this year's commemoration, 'Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law', is apt as it serves as a reminder to both the political leaders and citizens on the need to ingrain justice and rule of law in governance and that no person or authority is above the law and Constitution of the nation.

He said that the role given to the mass media to be free to uphold the fundamental objectives as contained in Chapter 2 Section 22 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) cannot be a fluke because by that provision, the media or the press is mandated to uphold the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people. At the same time, he said the media is empowered to help government realize the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Commission therefore called on the government and citizens of Nigeria to see mass media workers as development agents who are constitutionally empowered to champion the cause of good governance, peace and security. However, this duty calls for responsibility on the part of the media not to witch-hunt but investigate stories in an unbiased manner without fear or discrimination.

As part of his strategy to provide excellent leadership to the NHRC, the new CEO said he is determined to ensure fast and effective response to handling complaints of human rights violations brought to the Commission, adding that he will put infrastructures in place to give staff the required training to enhance their performance.

Fatimah Agwai Mohammad

Head Media Relations Unit, NHRC

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