The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof. Bem Angwe, has commended the achievement recorded by government under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) describing it as a veritable tool for the propagation of human rights of Nigerians.
According to Prof. Angwe the right to life is meaningless without the provision of the basic necessities of life, noting that many lives have been saved through the MDG intervention projects which focus on economic, social and cultural rights including issues of health, education, environment, women and children.
Prof. Angwe who stated this during a working visit to the office of the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the President on MDGs noted that the projects being executed under the MDGs are human rights oriented and have direct bearings on the lives of ordinary Nigerians.
The Executive Secretary called for a synergy between the NHRC and the office of the SSA on the MDGs to ensure the sustenance of the projects.
Prof. Agwe disclosed that the Commission will soon embark on audit of all health institutions across the country especially those in the rural areas to ensure that they offer qualitative services to the people.
“Such intervention will guarantee effective service delivery among the various cadres of health service providers”, he said.
In her response, Senior Special Assistant to the President on MDGs, Dr. Precious Gbeneol commended Prof. Angwe for his foresight and understanding of the linkage between her office and the work of the Commission, pledging to collaborate with the Commission in areas of common interest.
Dr. Gbeneol stated that the federal government is on the right course in the implementation of the MDGs, disclosing that by 2015 attention will shift from MDGs to sustainable development goals.