The of Rivers State Governor Barr. Nyesom Wike and the Governor of Borno State, Prof. Babagana Zulum among others have emerged winners of the 2021 Human Rights Awards.
The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission Tony Ojukwu Esq said this in Abuja as the Commission prepares for the Commemoration of the 2021 International Human Rights Day Celebrations.
It would be recalled that the Commission had on the 12th of November announced the commencement of a voting process to be done online. The Commission in partnership with a civil society organization, The Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights (CESER) employed the new media platform to request members of the public to vote for nominees of their choice. A special web domain www.nhrcawards.ng was dedicated for the exercise. This is a demonstration of the Commission’s commitment to public participation and transparency in the process of selecting the awardees.
The three awards categories are: Federal Government Agencies, Governors and Civil Society Organizations who have distinguished themselves in the advancement of human rights in Nigeria.
At the end of the voting process, the following emerged winners: In the state Governor’s category, Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum and Rivers state Governor, Barr Nyesom Wike emerged tops as the best performing Governors in the area of improving the livelihoods of citizens and thereby providing the enabling climate for protection of their human rights in Northern and Southern Nigeria respectively.
In the MDAs category, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHDA) emerged winner as the best human rights compliant government agency of the year because their work has impacted the lives of the people who voted for them.
Similarly, in the category of Civil Society Organizations, Women Advocacy Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) made the list as the best CSOs in promoting and advancing human rights in Nigeria.
The objective of this award is to among other things encourage respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in all spheres of life, as nations are judged today by their human rights records.
The human rights boss used this medium to call on everyone living in Nigeria to play a role in building a culture of respect for human rights in order to have an egalitarian society. ‘Human right is justice and justice is peace’ Ojukwu added.
The winners will receive their awards on the 10th of December 2021 which also happens to be the third edition of the human rights awards. Some NGOs who are runners-up in the CSOs category will be given certificates of recognition to encourage them to continue in their efforts of promoting and protecting human rights in Nigeria. The runners-up are Prisoners Rehabilitation and Welfare Action (PRAWA), Action Aid Nigeria, Global Rights Nigeria, Project Alert on Violence Against Women.