By Edith Nwapi
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has presented its 2024 to 2027 proposed Strategic Plan (SP) to the public, for proactive engagements.
The plan was presented to stakeholders at a meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
Speaking at the presentation, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr Anthony Ojukwu, SAN, said the strategic plan would serve as a guiding framework for the commission.
According to him, it emphasises the need for proactive measures, evidence-based interventions and the promotion of rule of law to ensure enjoyment of fundamental rights.
“The importance of a strategic plan to any organisation can not be overemphasised.
“A strategic plan helps to define the direction in which an organisation must travel and aid in establishing realistic objectives and goals that are in line with the vision and purpose charted out for it.
“It makes your organisation proactive rather than reactive, and it also creates a sense of collaboration and collective responsibility,” he said.
Ojukwu said that the strategic plan of NHRC for the four-year period from 2024 to 2027 would build on its precursor.
He added that the plan would serve as a comprehensive roadmap to drive forward the protection, promotion and enforcement of human rights across the country.
He also said that the four-year strategic plan was aimed at guiding the commission in carrying out its mandate in fulfilment to the commitment to international human rights principles.
Ojukwu said the principles were enshrined in the universal declaration of human rights and various regional and international conventions.
“The key objectives, strategic themes and specific actions to be undertaken between 2024 and 2027 are informed by the thematic areas of focus of the commission.
“The plan was also informed by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the National Development Plan 2021-2025 of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the policy thrusts and eight point agenda of the current administration.
“The commission recognises the significance of collaboration and intends to achieve these priorities through strengthening collaborations and partnerships with various stakeholders, including government agencies, CSOs, institutions and the general public,” he said.
The NHRC boss further said that the commission would carry out a broad range of actions including human rights education and policy advocacy.
He added that the commission was aiming to achieve tangible outcomes that would contribute to the overall improvement of human rights promotion in the country.
Mrs Victoria Ojogbane, Director, Planning, Research and Strategy, Ministry of Justice commended NHRC and said that the ministry did a similar thing as it developed a six-goal strategic plan for 2023-2024 which was home grown.
“We can not go far without a strategic plan, it is like a vehicle that can take us to where we want to go,” she said.
The presentation of the reviewed NHRC Strategic Plan (SP) was done by Mr Daniel Entoun, Deputy Director, Planning, Statistics and Documentation of the commission.
He said that the 2019 to 2022 SP was not 100 per cent successful as such the need for the 2023-2027 SP.
“That was the reason we embarked on a review to ensure that the coming SP will be more successful.” (NAN)
Edited by Emmanuel Afonne