The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has described Kano State as human rights-friendly, calling on other states of the federation to follow suit.
Kano human rights friendly, says NHRC
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
The Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu, made the remark during a courtesy to Governor Ganduje on Sunday.
This was disclosed by a press statement signed by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Malam Abba Anwar.
Ojukwu who led the members of the NHRC Special Investigation Panel on Sexual and Gender Based Violence to the givernor, said human rights protection and promotion are vital ingredients for sustainable democracy and development.
Ojukwu said: “While we appreciate what the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission is doing, we commend the governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for doing very well in human rights protection. The governor is doing extremely well in this all-important direction.”
According to him, the choice of Kano, for the sitting of the Special Investigation Panel of his Commission, was not by accident.
He added: “When we were discussing on which of the 7 states in this North West geopolitical zone should host our sitting, we unanimously agreed to come to Kano and hold the sitting. Your Excellency the choice of Kano is appreciatively deliberate.”
Speaking, Governor Ganduje attributed the successes achieved to the state’s Anti-Corruption Commission, commending the untiring effort of the commission’s leadership under Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado.
Ganduje said: “While we appreciate his good work and that of his staff, we also give the Commission free hand to operate. It is as a result of this approach that a serving Commissioner then lost his job, as a result of investigation conducted by the Commission. So also some Permanent Secretaries, Directors among others also followed suit to loose their jobs due to Commission’s investigation.”
Out of over 7,000 cases treated by the state’s Anti-Corruption Commission, over 30 percent of them were human rights related cases.
Ganduje, however, disclosed how his administration’s effort in strengthening human rights related agency boosts the state image in the face of human rights protection and promotion.
He added: “We have offices of the state Anti-Corruption body in all our 44 local governments. All the offices were built and none of the offices were rented. Because we want run away from any form of intimidation from landlords. And at the state office, we have equipped the office with modern communication gadgets for smooth operation of the office.”
“Educating our children is another rights that must be protected. That is why we said free and compulsory primary and secondary education. So denying children from going to school is another form of rights deprivation. I am therefore calling on the National Human Rights Commission to delve into this and see that the rights of our children are not tampered with.”
According to him, the state is taking stock of all out-of-school children, adding once the inventory completed, the sate government will swing into action.
He explained: “We have already notified parents and guardians that whoever hides his or her child from going to school” that is an offence.
“In the spirit of human rights protection of our children in this context, we want the NHRC to join hands with us.”