The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Wednesday inaugurated a national working group (NWG) to explore opportunities presented by the national action plan (NAP) on business and human rights.
NHRC Executive Secretary, Mr. Tony Ojukwu said the approval of the 2024-2027 National Action Plan on the promotion and protection of human rights is a demonstration of federal government’s recognition of the crucial relationship between business activities and the protection of human rights.
Ojukwu made this known in Abuja at the high-level forum on business and human rights organised by the Commission as part of activities marking the International Human Rights Day.
According to him, the approval of the 2024-2027 NAP has set the stage for a sustainable, comprehensive, and coordinated approach to addressing the challenges and opportunities of business and human rights.
He said, “The National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights serves as our guiding framework, providing a roadmap for integrating human rights considerations into business practices.
“It outlines key priority areas, such as human rights due diligence, the duty is to protect by government, the responsibility to request by businesses access to remedy, sustainable development goals, and the rights of vulnerable groups.”
Chairperson of the Governing Council of the NHRC, Dr Salamatu Sulieman, said the forum serves as a platform for dialogue, knowledge exchange and collaborations among key stakeholders, urging the working group to carry out their task diligently.