NGO calls for collective efforts to enhance social justice in Nigeria
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Public Administration and Social Development Consult has called for collective efforts of stakeholders in enhancing social justice in Nigeria.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Consult, which is committed to promoting social justice, Mrs Margaret Ibeku, made the call at a news conference in Abuja.
Ibeku identified a lack of awareness and slow dispensation of justice as some of the major factors affecting Nigeria’s social justice system.
In her words, “One of the first challenges of social justice in Nigeria is awareness.
“Most Nigerians don’t even know organisations to go to for redress if there is any infringement on their rights or they are lagging in the opportunities that ought to be available to them.
“Slow justice system has made it seem to be that offenders who infringed on the rights of the common man did not have consequences for their actions.”
She said that in light of the above, the organisation would partner with the Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to organise a maiden “Social Justice Conference and Award” event on Oct. 27, 2022, in Abuja.
Ibeku, who is the Chairperson of the National Steering Committee of the Social Justice Conference and Awards, said that the maiden event is aimed at promoting awareness of citizens’ rights, identifying vacuums and bridging the gap to promote the Nigerian justice system,
“This conference will bring together academia, technocrats, civil society, public servants, interest groups, students, cultural interest and religious groups, researchers and private organizations to interact and x-ray topical issues that border on Social Justice and Good Governance.”
Ibeku said that the conference also cover the issue of oil and gas, Internally displaced persons, the housing sector and so many other sectors of the economy.
She said while the former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Prof Chidi Odinkalu, would be presenting a keynote address at the conference, other stakeholders including politicians would be invited for discussion on the 2023 general elections.
She said the body would thereafter present its white paper on recommendations to the government and other stakeholders to promote social justice in Nigeria.
Ibeku said highlights of the occasion would include the presentation of awards to Ministries, Agencies and Departments of government private organisations and individuals who had put so much into delivering justice in Nigeria.
She urged Nigerians to visit its website www.socialjusticeaward.com to nominate recipients for various categories of awards to be given on that day.