By Abdulwahab Abdulah
LAGOS — Lawmakers have been urged to enact laws that will protect the rights of ordinary Nigerians.
Executive Secretary of National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, Prof. Bem Angwe, who made this appeal during a visit by a delegation from the Benue State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker of the House, Mr David Iorhemba, noted that to achieve good governance central to the enjoyment of rights, there must be adequate legal framework.
Angwe said: “It is important to have an effective legal framework for redressing all violations of human rights because nobody is insulated from rights abuse.”
Reminding the lawmakers of their duties, Angwe said he had earlier requested from the legislators from the state Houses of Assembly to forward copies of all pending and future bills before them to the Commission for vetting.
He said: “This will in a way 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.”
He called for synergy between the lawmakers and the NHRC to improve the lots of ordinary Nigerians.
Responding, Speaker, Benue State House of Assembly, Mr Iorhemba, said their visit was to express support and cooperation with the commission.
The Speaker noted that NHRC, as a creation of the law, deserved the support of all Nigerians and noted that it was the duty of the legislature to ensure that NHRC dischargesd its constitutional obligations without hindrances.
He congratulated Angwe and pledged the support of the state Assembly to the proposed office of the Commission in the state.