The Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Ben Angwe, on Friday said that the commission would establish an office in Abia State before the end of July.
Mr. Angwe disclosed this in an interview during his visit to Aba campus of Rhema University.
“NHRC has entered Abia State and will be here till thy kingdom come. We are going to set up an office in Abia state here and now.
“By next month, they will start work. I have asked that an office be acquired for them, once that is done, they will start work immediately,” Mr. Angwe said.
He said the visit of the commission was to cap the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding it signed with the university in October 2014 for collaboration on human rights education.
He said that Rhema University was the first in Nigeria and in Africa to enter into such agreement and was followed by the University of Pretoria in South Africa.
The executive secretary said the commission was committed to ensuring that Nigeria got rid of human rights abuses through education and enforcement of human rights.
In his remarks, Ogbonnaya Onwudike, the Vice-Chancellor, Rhema University, said the university believed in the teachings of the Holy Bible which included the injunction to speak for people without a voice.
“As a University, we have the responsibility to impart knowledge through teaching, research, leadership and provision of service to host community.
“You will agree with me that one of the greatest challenges facing the world today is insecurity manifested in different forms of human rights abuse.
“From kidnappings to Boko Haram, the list is endless. Human life is becoming more and more devalued every passing day.
“It appears that humanity has lost a sense of human dignity and moral rectitude.
“It is time to remind us of the need for sustenance of life and dignity of the human, either black or white, male, female, physically challenged or not, educated or uneducated.
“The human race is one and we are all created equal, endowed with the same rights and privileges and shall be judged by our Creator”
Mr. Onwudike said that his university was offering a course on human rights and it’s already in its current curriculum to demonstrate the university’s commitment to the respect for human rights.
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