The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has expressed optimism that about 80 percent of Nigerians would by December ending be aware of their fundamental human rights.
Prof. Bem Angwe, Executive Secretary of the NHRC, made this known in Abuja, when he received Mr. Mike Omeri, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), at the commission’s headquarters.
“By the end of this year, we want to achieve a target of having at least 80 per cent of Nigerians aware of their rights.
“As a result of this, the commission has identified some institutions in the country to partner with.
“We commenced this partnership with parliamentarians who accepted to make available their constituencies and support the commission to promote the rights of their constituents.
“That relationship has produced resources and logistics needed to promote the rights of Nigerians in many states,’’ Angwe said.
Speaking earlier, Omeri said that the agency was working hard to complete the task of translating the section of the constitution on human rights into the three major Nigerian languages.
“We are still working on the promise we made to translate a portion of the constitution into the three major languages and we hope to get this done as soon as it is possible,’’ he said.
He appreciated the commitment of the commission to ensuring that the rights of every citizen were protected by swiftly intervening whenever the rights of a citizen were trampled on.
The NOA boss expressed concern that some Nigerians were still ignorant of their rights and would not even know when these rights were being abused.