By Nduke Udobong
Citizens of Akwa Ibom State have once again been encouraged on the need to know their rights with a view to standing up to protect same anytime, anywhere.
This advice was handed down on Friday, December 19, 2015 during a sensitization workshop organized in Uyo by the Center for Socio-Legal Studies, Abuja, in collaboration with the National Human Rights Commission.
The Sensitization workshop which was facilitated by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly (Senate) Matters, Distinguished Sen. Ita Solomon Enang, had as its Resource Person, Mr. Omoba Joseph Esq.
In his lecture, the resource person noted that nobody had the right to take away another person’s right, but that where One’s right stopped is where another’s began.
He hinted that the National Human Rights Commission was out to educate Nigerian public on the various avenues available for redress in an event where rights are infringed upon.
Barr. Omoba specifically noted that in line with the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights are not given by anybody that could be taken back but that it is inalienable given the status of a person as human.
“whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world …All human beings are born free and equal in dignity an rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”.
While enumerating various human rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the resource person advised the citizens of Akwa Ibom State not to hesitate to approach the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) located at Nwaniba Road, Uyo, in an event where any of their rights are violated by anybody, no matter how highly placed.
Goodwill message was presented by the facilitator of the sensitization, Distinguished Sen. Ita Enang who encouraged Akwa Ibom people to always stand up for their rights, adding that the era of impunity in the country was over.