The National Human Rights Commission on Sunday Awards Ganduje Best Governor In Human Rights Protection, Education, Infrastructural Development and efforts at decongesting correctional facilities.
In a special 2019 Human Rights Summit Awards, of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), governor Ganduje was specially recognized with an Award of Excellence in the area of human rights promotion and protection, good administration of justice, among others.
A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kano State Abba Anwar and sent to Solacebase on Sunday said the event themed “Adopting Rights-Based Approach in the Public Sector Sustainable Development Agenda,” was held in Abuja on Sunday.
The statement said the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Mr Tony Ojukwu, said Ganduje’s efforts in pushing regional strategy to get rid of the situation of Almajiri in the region, calls for deep appreciation from all Nigerians.
“Integration of the Almajiri system of education to the conventional system is indeed another platform for making Kano a leading example across the states of the federation,” he said.
Appreciating further that, “Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s concern with the situation of inmates in the Correctional Centres, that was what informed his decision to effect the release of over 2,000 inmates in the last few years and paid their fines. While other sentences were either terminated or changed to lesser sentences,” he appreciated.
The statement said the Awards were given to states that excel, individuals, corporate organizations, civil society organizations, philanthropic bodies and development partners.
In the statement, the NHRC boss said the process that led to the emergence of all those who emerged as Awardees, was public-based. Explaining that, “People voted electronically for their choice after following some procedures. And we had a Committee in place that worked out all the modalities.”
So, it was Nigerians, who, according to Mr. Ojukwu “…who made all the nominations and sent in their choices. It was based on that, Ganduje’s Kano excels and becomes the winner.”
They got over 13,000 views on states, individuals, corporate bodies, civil society organizations, and philanthropic organizations, on different social media platforms, before they reached the final stage of nominations.
Governor Ganduje, who made appreciation remarks on behalf of other Awardees commended the efforts of the Commission for the historic way of appreciating good work and patriotism, adding that, the Awards given to corporate bodies or states were given generally to those bodies and states.
According to the statement, in other categories of the Awardees, Prof. Joy Ezeolu, Dean Faculty of Law, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Enugu Campus, a renowned human rights activist, was the Awardee in individual category and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the category of the development partners, among others.
It added that at the level of civil society organizations, Centre for Law Enforcement Education (CLEEN) was the winner under this category as Tony Elumelu Foundation was the Awardee under the category of Philanthropic organizations.
Similarly, in the category of states, after Kano emerged the first, Lagos and Ebonyi came second and third in the category.