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OUR IMPACT ON NIGERIANS WILL DEFINE OUR LEGACY – VP SHETTIMA

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OUR IMPACT ON NIGERIANS WILL DEFINE OUR LEGACY – VP SHETTIMA

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Given the expectations of Nigerians and the high hopes the world places on Nigeria, the Tinubu administration will ensure the country’s fortune gets a massive boost in growth and development.

This was the assurance given by Vice President Kashim Shettima when he hosted some members of his University of Ibadan Postgraduate Alumni, as well as members of the 1989/1990 set of the National Youth Service Corps whom he served with in Calabar.

Speaking in his office at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, the Vice President noted that the administration’s impact will hugely be its legacy, hence, the commitment of the government towards improving the livelihood of Nigerians.

Addressing the University of Ibadan Postgraduate Alumni, Vice President Shettima said the transient nature of human life demands that he should recognise that both him and President Tinubu are just first among equals in Nigeria, and are holding a trust on behalf of the Nigerian people.

The VP stated: “I always believe that power is a humbling experience. We spend more of our lives outside power than in power. And most importantly I see it as a gift from God. Asiwaju and I are occupying the prime positions in this country, not because of our intellectual acumen or political sagacity, but purely by the grace of God.

“We do not occupy our positions because of our physical prowess, and certainly not because of our pedigree. There are people of superior pedigree than us. It is a gift from God and a call to serve humanity for a very short span of time and the impact we make in the lives of our people will determine our positions here and in the hereafter.

“So, to me, it is a humbling experience. It is an opportunity to add value to a great nation like ours, more so that Nigeria’s anticipated demographic bulge suggests we improve the quality of governance in the bid to mitigate any looming demographic disaster.”

Earlier, Prof. Oluwayemisi Arowosoge who led the University of Ibadan Postgraduate Alumni called on the Tinubu administration to prioritise enhanced agricultural production by promoting an all-year-round agricultural system, with focus on value addition.

She also encouraged the government to build more earth dams and empower women across the country in a bid to ensure the success of the proposed initiative.

On his part, Barr. Baba Birma who led the Vice President’s set of corps members in Calabar said they were at the Presidential Villa to felicitate with him as well as commend President Tinubu’s leadership strides.

He said though there are challenges at present, the nation would pull through it and come out better.

He particularly praised the Vice President for his commitment and dedication in some of the tasks executed by his office so far, noting that they were not surprised considering his antecedence.

The group prayed for God’s guidance and wisdom for the Vice President as he supports President Tinubu in leading Nigeria on the path of prosperity and progress.

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Women Stakeholders: Women Political Participation Would Stimulate Diverse Perspectives, Empower Communities

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Women Stakeholders: Women Political Participation Would Stimulate Diverse Perspectives, Empower Communities

By: Michael Mike

The Coalition of Women Political Participation Partner’s Working Group is calling for constitutional gender inclusion to drive women’s political participation, which is necessary for diverse perspectives in decision-making and the promotion of good governance.

The group during a meeting to brainstorm on actions that should be evolved to ensure gender equality in political representation in the country, said women’s political participation would stimulate diverse perspectives and empower communities.

At the coordination and strategy meeting on affirmative action reforms to increase women’s political representation in the ongoing constitution review process in Abuja supported by the United Nations Women, the President of Women in Politics Forum (WIPF), Ms. Ebere Ifendu, stressed the need for affirmative action to strengthen advocacies and to effectively influence policymakers in the ongoing constitution review to promote women’s political participation.

She said: “The Nigeria’s constitution review presents a unique opportunity to rectify the underrepresentation of women in politics. We must seize this moment to create a more inclusive democracy, harnessing the potential of all citizens, regardless of gender. As advocates, we believe that affirmative action is an important tool to address past injustices and ensure fair representation of women in the political landscape. We need more participation of women in politics. We need a quota system. We need affirmative action because for all the countries that have a certain percentage of women in governance, it is due to legislation. Without legislation, we may not achieve anything.”

She added that the meeting was to coordinate all efforts, including advocacy for the adoption and enactment of reforms to boost women’s political representation in the constitution review process.

“The current constitutional review process presents a unique opportunity to incorporate gendered affirmative action reforms into Nigeria’s legal framework, demonstrating a commitment to equity, equality, and inclusivity,” Ifendu said.

She added that: “As Nigerian women, we went to court and got a judgment on the National Gender Policy. We are saying that since there is a judgment, we should begin to work on implementation and be able to demand the implementation of the court order. We heard that the government has appealed. We have not received any notice of such an appeal. So, we want to believe that the law, as we speak today, is that the gender policy must be respected, and it’s talking about 35 percent affirmative action.”

On her part, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and women’s advocate, Professor Joy Ezeilo, said it is time to have total inclusion that accommodates and recognizes the rights of women, youths, and persons with disabilities to participate and be included in governance and decision-making in the country.

She said: “We are so behind other countries. So, what are we talking about that we cannot operationalize 35 or 30 percent? And we are still talking about something below? Women should not accept anything below 35 percent of political positions. We went to Beijing in 1995 and it was agreed that at least 30 percent affirmative action be given to us over 25 years ago. We have to find a way that this constitution becomes inclusive while addressing other problems in Nigeria.

“There is also the issue of justice, fairness, and equity in the application of resources for the greater benefit of all Nigerians. So, it is time to take action to rectify these wrongs of the past and these structural inequalities and discrimination against women.”

The former Country Director of ActionAid Nigeria, Mrs. Ene Obi along side the Director of Planning and Statistics at the Maryam Babangida National Centre for Women Development, Jummai-Idonije
emphasized the need to engage the legislature, media, grassroots women, and other stakeholders to increase women’s political representation.

They also called for collaboration and commitment from women politicians to increase the number of women in leadership positions.

The stakeholders urged the 10th National Assembly to operationalize the 35 percent affirmative action, as observed in other countries and in line with international standards, to promote equity, fairness, and justice.

The coordination and strategy meeting, supported by UN Women is to unify efforts among diverse organisations to establish a coordinated programmatic approach that leverages the strengths and resources of each participating organisation towards a common goal in advocating for affirmative action reforms to increase women’s political representation

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ECOWAS Court Deepens Cooperation with ICRC

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By: Michael Mike

The ECOWAS Court of Justice and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) achieved a significant milestone on July 12, 2024, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This MoU, a pivotal moment in their partnership, is poised to deepen their collaboration in international humanitarian law and international human rights law.

The MoU, signed at the Court’s seat in Abuja, aims to engage both parties on topics of mutual interest through various collaborative activities, such as trainings, roundtables, and joint conferences.

In his opening remarks at the signing ceremony, Justice Edward Amoako Asante, President of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, expressed his pleasure in attending this important event. He highlighted the long-standing relationship between the ECOWAS Court and the ICRC, noting the valuable training and support provided by the ICRC to build the Court’s capacity in International Humanitarian Law. He emphasized the importance of renewing this relationship to continue developing jurisprudence in new areas of law and welcomed the ongoing cooperation.

Yann Bonzon, Head of Delegation for the ICRC, addressed the attendees, underscoring the ICRC’s historic and valuable relationship with ECOWAS. He detailed the evolution of this partnership, including the first MoU signed in 2001 and the most recent revision in 2023. Mr. Bonzon emphasized the crucial role of the ECOWAS Court in safeguarding International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and International Human Rights Law (IHRL). He expressed confidence that the initiatives born out of this MoU will enhance the expertise and role of the Court in applying these laws, thus better addressing humanitarian challenges in West Africa. Yann Bonzon was accompanied by Rafiullah Qureshi, Deputy Head of Delegation, ICRC and Juliet Kelechi Unubi, Humanitarian Affairs and Diplomacy Advisor for the ICRC.

Elaborating on the objectives of the MoU, Juliet Kelechi Unubi, highlighted the mutual benefits of leveraging each other’s expertise, facilitating access to expert opinions, publications, and training. She underscored the unwavering commitment to continue IHL training for ECOWAS Court judges and staff, a key initiative to strengthen their knowledge and interpretation of international human rights law. This emphasis on continuous training reassures the audience about the Court’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing its expertise.

Concluding the ceremony of the signing of the memorandum, Dr. Yaouza Ouro-Sama, Chief Registrar of the ECOWAS Court of Justice, expressed deep appreciation to all those who collaborated on the finalisation and signing of the MoU. This expression of gratitude made the participants feel appreciated for their role in the partnership. He commended the ICRC’s global efforts in protecting victims of armed conflict and violence and expressed confidence in the effectiveness of the MoU. He extended heartfelt gratitude to the ICRC for its continuous support and invaluable contributions to the Court’s activities.

The Vice President of the Court and other judges, the Director of Administration and Finance, the Director of Research and Documentation, and the Deputy Chief Registrar were also present at the event.

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ECOWAS Court Holds Republic of Ghana liable for Breach of Citizen’s Right to Information

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ECOWAS Court Holds Republic of Ghana liable for Breach of Citizen’s Right to Information

By: Michael Mike

The ECOWAS Court of Justice on 12 July 2024, held that the Republic of Ghana violated the right to information of Isaac Mensah and ordered the State to provide him with the requested information.

In the judgment delivered by Justice Edward Amoako Asante, Judge Rapporteur, the Court ordered the Republic of Ghana to release to Isaac Mensah, documents relating to the investigations on the enforced disappearance of his father and subsequent actions. The documents include a 2009 UN/ECOWAS Investigation Report, the coroner’s report on bodies evacuated to Ghana and report on the disbursement of the money paid by The Gambia to the affected families, among others.

The Court dismissed all other claims sought by Isaac Mensah and the Registered Trustees of African Network Against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances (ANEKED) against the Republic of Ghana concerning the arrest, detention, and disappearance of some West African migrants in The Gambia in July 2005.

In the application with suit number ECW/CCJ/APP/47/20, filed on 18 November 2020, the Applicants alleged that Peter Mensah, a Ghanaian and father of Isaac Mensah, was among some West African migrants travelling to Europe through The Gambia who were arrested by state security agents of The Gambia and killed or disappeared.

They averred that Ghana violated its human rights obligations under the African Charter and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) by its failure to thoroughly investigate the enforced disappearance of Peter Mensah in The Gambia, provide effective remedy and grant the Applicants access to information relating to the unlawful detention and disappearance of Peter Mensah.

They asked the Court to direct the State to conduct an effective investigation into the disappearance of Peter Mensah, give copies of past fact-finding reports and other requested documents to the Applicants, and pay the sum of 1,500,000 USD as compensation to the first Applicant, Isaac Mensah.

In response, the Republic of Ghana challenged the competence of the Court to hear the matter since the incident occurred in The Gambia, outside the jurisdiction of the Republic of Ghana. It also objected the admissibility of the application on the grounds that the Applicants did not establish their relationship to Peter Mensah, the primary victim of the alleged human rights violations. It therefore asked the Court to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction and inadmissibility.

On jurisdiction, the Court declared it had jurisdiction over Isaac Mensah’s claim relating to violation of the right to information but declined jurisdiction over alleged violation of the prohibition against enforced disappearance, right to effective remedy and right to truth. The Court noted that incidents forming the basis of those claims occurred outside the territory of the Republic of Ghana and therefore the Court did not have jurisdiction over them.

On admissibility, the Court declared the first Applicant’s application relating to the violation of the right to information was admissible but that he lacked the capacity to sue on behalf of other 23 individuals claiming to be members of the Mensah family due to lack of authorisation to sue on their behalf. It also struck out the second Applicant, Registered Trustees of African Network Against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances (ANEKED) from the suit for lack of evidence of any mandate to bring the application on behalf of the Applicants.

In its findings, the Court noted that despite getting a waiver of confidentiality from The Gambia on a 2009 UN/ECOWAS Investigation Report on the alleged detention and enforced disappearance of Peter Mensah and others, Ghana had failed to release it to Isaac Mensah. Consequently, the Court held that the Republic of Ghana breached the Applicant, Isaac Mensah’s right to information contrary to Article 9(1) of the African Charter and Article 19(2) of the ICCPR.

The Court ordered the Republic of Ghana to release the Report and other documents requested by the Applicant to him within four months of the service of the judgment.

Also on the bench were Justice Gberi-Bè Ouattara and Justice Ricardo Claúdio Monteiro Gonçalves.

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