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Kogi Govt Inaugurates PDCRC ultra Modern Office

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Kogi Govt Inaugurates PDCRC ultra modern office

By Stephen Adeleye

The Kogi State Government on Thursday commissioned an exquisitely furnished office with basic modern equipment for the State Public Defender and Citizens’ Rights Commission, (PDCRC), to create a conducive environment for effective delivery of its mandates.

The State’s Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ibrahim Sanni Muhammed SAN, who commissioned the office at the State’s Secretariat in Lokoja, commended the Governor for his commitment to promoting, protecting and enforcement of human rights in the state.

Mohammed also commended the DG of PDCRC for his commitment and efforts for going the extra mile to ensuring a befitting office accommodation for the Commission in spite the little available resources.

He further applauded the DG for the successes the PDCRC had recorded since its establishment and for working in tandem with its mandates.

According to him, the testimonies we have heard today confirmed that the Commission has done very well with limited resources.

The Attorney General assured the commitment of the State Government to ensuring that the commission continue to be independent without any form of interference in achieving its mandates.

He appreciated all the relevant stakeholders especially the security agencies for their support for the Commission and urged them to sustained the gesture.

He stressed the need for the general public especially the less privileged to be sensitised and be aware of the Commission’s activities.

He thanked His Excellency Alhaji Professor Yahaya Bello for his commitment to human rights, and for providing the enabling working environment for the Commission to take-off seamlessly.

”This is highly commendable, and we are very grateful to His Excellency for this initiative and his tremendous support”, he said.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, the DG of Kogi PDCRC, Barr. Abdullahi Zakari, noted that the Governor, signed into law, the bill establishing Kogi PDCRC Law, 2018, on 3rd June, 2019, giving meaning to access to justice as a key instrument in the enforcement of human rights in Kogi State.

”According to him, the PDCRC responsibility is to provide free legal aid and representations in civil and criminal matters in all Courts, and other related services to the indigent, less privileged and vulnerable residents of Kogi, who could not afford the service of legal practitioners.

He added that the commission also has the responsibility to promote, protect and ensuring the enforcement of human rights of residents of Kogi State guaranteed under Chapter Four (4) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As amended).

He said that the commission effectively commenced operations in October, 2019, and had in the short span of its existence in spite the overwhelming challenges, made some modest achievements, such as massive awareness campaigns through visit to critical stakeholders in the administration of justice sector.

He added that the Commission had made Legal Representation in High Courts and other courts in the State. Stating that so far, of the over 25 cases being handled by the Commission, seven (7) have been concluded, while others were still ongoing.

He added: ”Kogi State was about the first State in Nigeria to establish Human Rights Special Intervention group (HRSIG) to receive and rapidly respond to complaints of brutality by law enforcement officers in the wake of the then nationwide EndSars Protest.

Zakari further emphasised that a Critical Reforms in the Justice Sector had taken place in the State, under the leadership of the Hon Ibrahim Sanni Muhammed SAN, part of which was the establishment of PDCRC. All the reforms are quite impactful on effective delivery of Justice.

He added that the Commission was full of huge expectations in its desire and determination to work towards ensuring that human rights of Kogi residents were promoted, protected and enforced.

He stressed that the Commission had enjoyed independence in carrying out its mandates without any form of interference from government organs or individuals.

”The state is much more prepared than any other time to ensuring that residents’ rights are promoted, protected and enforced”.

He stressed that the huge commitment of ‘His Excellency, Alh Yahaya Bello, had only challenged them to do better, saying ”when our working environment is conducive, then our productive will definitely increase.

”Our lawyers will continue to get trained both local and international training to improving effective service delivery on our mandates”..

In his vote of thanks, the Chairman Governing Council of PDCRC, Muizideen Yoonus Abdullahi, thanked the Governor for his decision to establish the Commission, which was backed up by law.

He further commenced the security agencies for ensuring safety of the lives and property of the people of Kogi State, and for their support for the Commission since its establishment.

He thanked the security agencies for ensuring safety of the lives and property of the people of Kogi State, and for their support for the Commission since its establishment.

Other stakeholders at the meeting were: the DSS, NSCDC, POLICE, NBA, Kogi Chief Judge, Solicitor General, Women Affairs Ministry, Legal Aid Commission, FIDA, among others.

In their goodwill messages, the stakeholders commended the Governor for the establishment of the Commission, while assuring the DG of their full support in ensuring the promotion and enforcement of human rights in Kogi State.

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Don’t pay lip service to resolution, South-South Study Group (3SG), urges Southern Governors

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** demands for a referendum

The South-South Study Group, (3SG) has charged the Southern States Governors not to pay lip service to their resolution but ensure that it does not stop with the communique but backed with action to lift the lot of their people from the present servitude and disadvantages that they have been subjected to.

They therefore called for a national referendum to give political action to their resolution on restructuring and their common position against open grazing among others.
The group challenged the Governors not to allow themselves to be weighed down by politics of their party affiliations as they commended them for the far reaching resolution.
The 3SG, which is a network of some of the South-South’s leading professionals in the public and private arena, gave the indication in a statement they issued on Sunday.

The statement which was signed for the group by Otoks Dan Princewill further challenged the Southern governors against shying away from articulating the desires of their people in the competive environment between the large majority of progressively minded Nigerians and the few persons determined to foster regression.

Endorsing the intervention of the Southern governors, 3SG said:
“The timely intervention by the Southern Governors presents a watershed moment as the nation becomes a contested arena between the progressive will of the people and the regressive whims and caprices of a few.
“It is for this reason that the commendable display of astutely effective diplomatic effort by the Southern Governors across party lines emphasizes the urgency and need for relief as demanded by Southerners of all affiliation.
“On this note, the Southern Governors must realise that now more than ever, regardless of party affiliation, the citizens of Southern Nigeria look up to this collective body of Southern Governors to protect them from rampaging marauders and bandits, to push forward their collective interests and hold many more positive Conferences also involving other Southern stakeholders in the immediate future for the sake of the rapidly deteriorating national state of affairs.
“Nigerians at home and in diaspora are waiting on edge with baited breath in expectation that this presents hope for a new beginning.”
Affirming that the resolution of the governors on restructuring was explicit, the group said:
“The Communiqué of the Southern Governors explicitly explains what Restructuring entails; review of resource control, revenue allocation formula, strict adherence to federal character principles in appointments and the shared interests of the Federating States.
“It is pertinent to acknowledge that our festering national ills have been dramatically amplified by a current approach of gross insensitivity to the diversity and the multicultural nature of Nigeria. This complete neglect of the most primary characteristic of Federalism by the current Federal Government worsened the already festering national malaise.
“The solutions to our national problems arising from diversity and multiculturalism were clearly stated only with slight differences and variations in the national conferences of 1995, 2005, and 2014. Interestingly, the ruling party in its review of the National Question reaffirmed these same solutions based on the imperative of Restructuring.”

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Open grazing ban by southern Governors a welcome development, says Aisha

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A renowned activist, Aisha Yesufu has lauded the Southern governors for taking a bold decision in ending the menace of the herders in their region through the ban on open grazing.
The activist added her voice to the reactions that has trailed the resolution of the southern Governors through her twitter handle.
She said it is clear prove that the country does not belong to one tribe but that every tribe/region has a right to make decisions.
The Southern governors after a meeting in Delta State on Tuesday, banned open grazing in their domains.
This was coming just as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state also made it clear that there is no going back on the implementation of the ban on open grazing as resolved by Southern governors.

He said he will implement ut to the later in Rivers Stater.

Aisha in a video on her Twitter page said: “ Dear Southern Governors, Una do well! For every North there is a South and no region has monopoly of being self centered and intolerant!
“We all can be crazy and everyone has a bed in a psychiatric hospital. Na who wan occupy am dey go there!

“I’m so proud of southern governors, let them keep making such decisions and having meetings and sending communiques.
“They think it’s only Northern governors that have a day in this country . There’s so much insolence and disrespect in this country.
“I see some people coming out to say the southern governors don’t have the right to make such decisions but yet hail northern governors for making decisions for their states.

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Buhari leaves for Paris on a four-day African finance summit

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The President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit starting today Suday

A statement issued on Saturday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, indicated that the President will be attending the African Finance Summit.

The sumit the statemnt said will  focus on reviewing African economy, following shocks from the Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries.

The statement was titled ‘President Buhari to participate in African Finance Summit in Paris, meet with Emmanuel Macron on security.’

Shehu said the smmit, to be hosted by French President, Emmanuel Macron, would draw major stakeholders in the global finance institutions and some Heads of Government, who will, collectively, discuss external funding and debt treatment for Africa, and private sector reforms.

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