By Adesikeola Ajiboye
Elected and appointed leaders have been admonished to committedly provide good governance for a better Nigeria.
The NOA State Director Mr Olusegun Adeyemi said this on Friday at the Gubernatorial Town Hall on Human Rights and the 2023 elections organized by the National Human Rights Commission in Kwara State.
The NOA Director, while delivering a goodwill message at the event noted that Nigerians deserve the best and elected officials must justify taxpayers money to deliver dividends of democracy for a better nation.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Mr. Tony Ojukwu, who spoke at the programme, said NHRC had the mandate to promote and protect human rights of every person in Nigeria.
Ojukwu, represented by Mrs Dorothy Amah Deputy Director Legal and Head Complaints Registry said the right to participate in the governance process, including voting and standing for elections, was central to a democracy.
Also speaking, Barrister Jumoke Olaoye the NHRC State Coordinator emphasised that before, during and after 2023 elections, fundamental human rights have to be protected.
The rights, according to her includes freedom of association, right to peaceful assembly, right to freedom of movement, right to freedom of information and the right to freedom of opinion expression.
In their presentations, the Kwara State Gubernatorial candidates of Labour Party, Mallam Basambo Abubakar, People’s Redemption Party Mallam Mustapha Abdulkareem; Action Alliance, Mr Mogaji David and Africa Action Congress Ahmed Aliyu were unanimous in their call for an improvement in governance and administration.
The candidates took turns to explain how their administration would prioritize agricultural revolution through which thousands of unemployed youths could be meaningfully engaged.
They also promised to maximize the human and natural resource, defend human rights and prioritize gender issues as well as provide an enabling enviroment for business to thrive.
There were goodwill messages by the Nigeria Police Force, NSCDC, Media, CSOs and others in attendance.