The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Prof. Bem Angwe has called on the Nigerian Legislature to proactively enact laws that seek to protect the rights of ordinary Nigerians.
Receiving a delegation from the Benue State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker of the House, Hon. David Iorhemba, Prof. Angwe noted that adequate legal framework is required to achieve good governance which is central to the enjoyment of rights.
“It is important to have an effective legal framework for redressing all violations of human rights because nobody is insulated from rights abuse. he said.
Prof. Angwe reminded the legislators of his earlier call on State Houses of Assembly to forward copies of all pending and future bills before them to the Commission for vetting, adding that the purpose is to promote good governance.
‘If there is good governance, our hospitals are well equipped, our roads are in good shape and our schools provide qualitative education then there will be less violation of peoples’ rights”.
The Executive Secretary called for synergy between the law makers and the NHRC to improve the lots of Nigerians.
In his remarks, the Speaker Benue State House of Assembly, Hon. David Iorhemba said they were in the Commission to express support and cooperation to the work of the NHRC.
The NHRC, the Speaker reiterated, is a creation of the law and therefore deserve the support of all Nigerians. According to him, it is the duty of the legislature to ensure that the NHRC discharges its constitutional obligations without hindrances.
He congratulated the Executive Secretary and pledged the support of the Benue State Assembly to the proposed office of the Commission in the State.