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Jonathan names new members for rights commission

Abuja— President Goodluck Jonathan has nominated new members to the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, four years after the tenure of the last board expired.

Among the new nominees is the Executive Secretary, Professor Bem Angwe, who is to take over from Mr. Rowland Ewubare, who has been in the position in acting capacity.

Jonathan, in a letter to the Senate President, Senator David Mark, said he was exercising his rights as contained in Section 20 of the 2010 amended act establishing the commission.

The nominated members include Prof. Chidi Anselm Odinkalu as chairman, Mr. Sully Abu, Mrs.Eugenia Abu, Mr. Kayode Komolafe, representing the media; Mrs. Ranti Daudu and Mr. Dave Ezeigwe, representing the Nigerian Bar Association, Saadautu Mahdi, Jones Osim and Olawale Fapohunda representing human rights groups.

Others are Mrs. Olufunmilayo Falana and Mrs. Cynthia Ene Olofu Ogbe. to represent the womenfolk.

The Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, is to nominate one person to the board while the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Interior and Justice are to nominate one person each to the board.

The Executive Secretary is to serve as secretary of the commission.

An earlier nomination to the Senate was rejected in July because of allegations of nepotism in the composition of the board. The senate had also complained that the list sent to them were screened by the 6th Senate saying it required fresh nominations for legislative action.


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