This Project is aimed at providing infrastructure for a public forum in which different opinions and voices can come together to address corruption and human right abuses and to facilitate deliberations and feed backs, which is a corner stone of democracy, that will allows ordinary citizens voice to be heard, especially on issues that threatens their fundamental human right, e.t.c. To create a new era of rights and justice for Nigerians. To check abuses by security agencies. To provide an essential plat-form for governments, intergovernmental organizations, scholars, journalists, activists, and others as a reliable source of human rights issues and corruption case across Nigeria which will be used by relevant agencies

Challenges

Good governance is essential to the realization of all human rights, including the elimination of poverty and ensuring a satisfactory livelihood for all which can be achieve through participatory governance. Thus this project is tailored towards providing a forum/platform for the actualization of this participatory governance and will also act a watch dog for corrupt practices and human right abuses which is a major bane of Nigeria today.

Nigerian government actors including the police, military, and elected officials commits serious and persistent abuses against Nigerian citizens with near-complete impunity. Hopes for improvement in human rights situation and corrupt practices are provided through this project in focus which will have an impact on the fundamental rights of the less privileged and also empower journalist and non-governmental organizations to check corruption in governments and address human right abuses. This is because the project will monitor the effectiveness in which laws and policies are implemented which have direct impact on the rights of the people, especially the less privileged.

Widespread corruption in the Nigeria Police Force is fuelling abuses against ordinary citizens and severely undermining the rule of law in Nigeria. On a daily basis, countless ordinary Nigerians are accosted by armed police officers who demand bribes and commit human rights abuses against them as a means of extorting money. These abuses range from arbitrary arrest and unlawful detention to threats and acts of violence, including sexual assault, torture, and even extrajudicial killings. Police also routinely extort money from victims of crimes to initiate investigations and demand bribes from suspects to drop investigations.

However, some security experts, argue that due to a combination of structural factors (political oppression and instability as well as economic exploitation, mass poverty, widespread corruption, etc.) and institutional inadequacies (poor quality of personnel, inadequate training, poor facilities, grossly inadequate remuneration and general conditions of service, and hostile police public relations), the country's police force is ill-equipped to perform its function well and in compliance with the rule of law. Instead, what is evident is that the Nigerian police are highly and visibly subservient to the rich and powerful, even in the rendering of services.

There are consistent reports that the Nigeria Police Force executes detainees in custody, suspected armed robbers under arrest, people who refuse to pay bribes or people stopped during road checks.

There is urgent need to foster in Nigeria full respect of human rights, the rule of law, effective participation, multi-actor partnerships, transparent and accountable processes, an efficient and effective public sector, access to knowledge, information and education, political empowerment of people, equity, sustainability, and attitudes and values that foster responsive human right and honesty in the Nigeria populace.

In the light of the above, it is imperative to give voice to the voiceless that face countless human right abuses in Nigeria and because of their inadequacies such as been poor and or with no education. Thus this project is tailored towards making their voice heard and their cases/abuses addressed.

PROGRAM SUMMARY

The aims and objectives of the project is to provide infrastructure for a public forum in which different opinions and voices can come together to address corruption and human right abuses and to facilitate deliberations and feed backs, which is a corner stone of democracy, that will allows ordinary citizens voice to be heard, especially on issues that threatens their fundamental human right, e.t.c

  • To create a new era of rights and justice for Nigerians
  • To check abuses by security agencies
  • To provide an essential plat-form for governments, intergovernmental organizations, scholars, journalists, activists, and others as a reliable source of human rights issues and corruption case across Nigeria which will be used by relevant agencies.

Information Communication Technology ICT media has been shown to be very effective as watchdogs and, even more so, as public forum.

Through this online platform citizens will be able to report instances of corruption and human abuse cases. Then we channel it to relevant agencies that will assist in addressing the issue which will be closely monitored by us and a Coalition of Journalist which will be formed in the course of the project.

Activities.

Create a One Stop Shop Web Portal where corruption and human right abuse cases can be reported which will be channelled to relevant agencies responsible for addressing such issue. It will be closely monitored by us and a Coalition of Journalist which will be formed in the course of the project to see how the issues was handled or resolved.

The project will build and empower a coalition of Journalist on investigative reporting through a workshop who will be involve in gathering important news/stories for the One Stop Shop Web Portal.

  • Establishment of Hotline for Reporting Abuses & Corrupt Practices
  • Setting-up a database for Cases of Human Right Abuses and Corruption

The project will partner with radio stations that have phone calling-in programmes from the public about abuses and incidents that bother on human right abuse and corrupt practices so that the information can also be uploaded in the Portal. This is especially tailored to reach those in the rural areas with little or no access to the internet and the illiterates.

Field monitoring and investigations of 400 Police Stations and Posts across Nigeria.

  • Development of Portal Content.
  • Recruitment and Training of Project Team.
  • Support and Training for Coalition Team.
  • Information Gathering and Concluding Project Assessment.

Methodology

Building and sustaining a strong transparent Portal, that delivers essential information access and feedbacks to the nation and making available data and information by which all federal, state, and local government entities hold themselves publicly accountable.

Building a Coalition of 37 Journalists from the 36 State and the Federal Capital Territory and 37 Human Right Lawyers. The Journalists will be providing information on corruption and human abuse cases for the Project Portal and the lawyers facilitating their easy access to Police Stations and mediating on identified human right cases either at the Station visited or those reported in the portal.

  • Sensitization and Advocacy Programmes on Access to Justice for the poor.
  • Working with the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria in addressing human right Cases Reported in the Portal.
  • Training Workshop for the 37 Journalist on investigative Reporting
  • Partnering with Radio Stations with Grass Root Radio Phone Programmes so that issues reported in the course of Programmes will be featured in the Portal and then set to relevant Authority for action. When these authorities know that the issue is in public domain they will carefully and expediently act on the issue honestly.
  • (Absence of Corruption, Fundamental Rights, Open Government, Regulatory Enforcement, Civil Justice, change in Policy & Institutions)

Democratic institutions

The project will enable for the public to participate in policymaking through the Portal which will be channelled to relevant stakeholders. It will also establish mechanisms for the inclusion of multiple social groups in decision-making processes, especially locally. Most importantly, it will facilitate civil society and local communities to formulate and express their positions on issues of importance to them.

Service delivery

The project will promote good governance reforms in advancing human rights when it will facilitate relevant Agencies to fulfil its responsibility to provide public goods which are essential for the protection of a number of human rights, such as the right to education, health, food, accountability and transparency, people cantered policy that ensures that services are accessible and acceptable to all, and paths for public participation in decision-making.

Rule of law

It will assist institutions ranging from penal systems to courts and parliaments to better implement legislation. Most importantly, it will enable ordinary citizens and the less privileged that are treated cruelly and or victimized countless times in the country by the Nigeria Police. Thus the Portal will enable them bring complains to public domain and that will enable them get assistance from relevant legal legions. This will also make the Police to be mindful of their acts/conducts since any unlawful act will get to the Inspector-General of Police and other top Security Personnel because widespread corruption in the Nigeria Police Force is fueling abuses against ordinary citizens and severely undermining the rule of law in Nigeria It will also be an advocacy platform for legal reform, public awareness-raising on the national and international legal framework for human right and corruption.

Anti-Corruption

It will project accountability, transparency and participation to shape anti-corruption measures through a Publish what you Pay Campaign and Advocacy Initiatives by creating mechanisms of information sharing, and monitoring governments' use of public funds and implementation of policies.

The long-term failure of the Nigerian authorities to address police bribery, extortion, and wholesale embezzlement threatens the basic rights of all Nigerians ranging from commercial drivers, sex workers, criminal suspects, and victims of common crimes, government officials, religious and civil society leaders, journalists, and members of an armed vigilante group, etc shows that corruption and abusive behaviour within the Nigeria Police Force is endemic that need to be tackled. Thus this project is aimed at addressing it.

Anticipated Challenges

There is the anticipated challenge of pushing Nigerian government to implement genuine reforms. There might be need to intensify our advocacy strategies with a view to mobilizing a sustainable public opinion against the culture of impunity, pushing the government to wake up to its obligations to promote and protect human rights, establishing a culture of respect for human rights within the police, ensuring that victims and their families have access to justice, and putting an end to impunity for police and security officers.

Also is the challenge to monitor and systematically document incidents with a view to fully identifying the victims and perpetrators and engaging government oversight agencies with a view to ensuring that victims secure remedies and perpetrators appropriately brought to account.

Despite Freedom of Opinion and Expression which this project facilitates there is huge challenge for surveillance and monitoring of communications so that it will not be used by opposition to the Government as a plat-form to antagonize the Government or for spreading fictitious stories/cases of corruption and human right abuses.

Another challenge is that cases that should feature in the Portal should be backed by fact such as data, pictures, videos, etc. This will ensure credibility of the information and data from the site.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan signed into law the Freedom of Information Bill on Saturday, May 28 2011. The law promotes transparency and accountability in government, giving citizens access to public records and government agencies seven days to produce the information requested. The law also makes it a crime to destroy public records Despite the rigours undertaken to get the bill passed and signed into law, the law has being grossly under-utilized by Nigerians and the media amidst the widespread corruption in the country. Thus this project has a challenge to further ask questions on some of the revelations about corrupt practices in Government and human right abuses. Thus this project has a challenge to utilize the full apparatus of the Freedom of Information Act in providing Information about human right abuses and corruption, especially in the public sector.

The project challenge includes the concept of good governance that is linked to principles and rights set out in the main international human rights instruments. Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the importance of a participatory government and article 28 states that everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in the Declaration can be fully realized. The two International Covenants on Human Rights contain language that is more specific about the duties and role of governments in securing the respect for and realization of all human rights. Article 2 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights requires states parties to respect and to ensure the rights recognized in the Covenant and to take the necessary steps to give effect to those rights.

Employment Generation Prototype Project

Agriculture is an important factor in accelerating economic growth and industrialization through sustained development, virtually everything we use or eat including medicines for our health come from the soil, so it is necessary we go back to our soil and tap the resources by way of farming. In this way we can fight hunger and also have reserves enough for the teeming population and for export. Agriculture which is supposed to be the backbone of Nigeria economy should be developed from the grassroots, because there is high percentage of cultivable land, adequate rainfall and vast labour force (manpower).

We intend to utilize this approach in solving the unemployment problem and food security problem in the country. The approach is to use agriculture production and processing by establishing relationship with both local and international companies, organizations involve in farming and processing farm produce to set-up plantations and processing plants in the Country such as Tomatoes plantation and Tin tomatoes plants which can be sold in the entire region and even oversea among others.

Desirable areas of investment in agriculture include direct production, processing and marketing, while joint-venture partnerships are also possible. There is also an enormous potential for investment in the production of the following crops. Large-scale mechanized farming of rice, maize, soya beans, cotton, groundnut, etc.

Oil palm, rubber, cashew, cocoa, gum Arabic and ginger plantation and processing fruit juice production and canning, cassava processing into flour, starch, pellets and chips. Fresh vegetables and flowers production for export, which is quite attractive, given the country's proximity to European markets and the fact that Nigeria is truly a tropical country that knows no winter. Dry-season or irrigated vegetable farming, due to the availability of sub-surface water and large irrigation dams in the country can help seed production and processing, food processing and marketing fabrication of prototypes of equipment developed by local institutions.

Fruits and juice and solid tissue composition are produced abundantly throughout the country. These include oranges, mangoes, cashew, and pineapple, among others. A major constraint in the production of juice from fruits in Nigeria is the inadequacy of processing and canning facilities to extend their shelf life. It will be worthwhile to invest in this, especially given the large market for such products in the country and in the regional markets. Investments in the production and processing of industrial and export crops such as palm produce, cocoa, rubber, cashew, cotton, coffee, ginger and gum Arabic are economically feasible and financially viable in the Country. The potential for seed production and processing has remained largely untapped in Nigeria and has a large scope for foreign investment.

Ginger production in recent times has gained a lot of popularity; currently Nigeria is among the largest producer of ginger in the world. It is now grown in many States in Country and has many industrial uses. The high demand for the produce has spurred local producers to include the crop, where ecologically suited in their farming systems and Nigeria ginger competes favourably with any other in the world market.

Gum Arabic is another very important industrial crop which is only beginning to attract investments and in high demand in ceramic, glass, industrial adhesives, inks, cosmetics, etc, locally and in foreign markets. Livestock resources which currently include about 18 million cattle, 54 million goats, 33 million sheep, 8 million pigs, 1 million donkeys and 97 million poultry, have a potential of trebling within a decade. Attractive areas of investment in livestock include: Dairy farming in areas with sub-tropical climate such as the JOS, MAMBILA and OBUDU PLATEAUX and UBIAJA PLAINS which is tsetse free, beef cattle ranching and poultry production. The future of fisheries is bright with the numerous water bodies that form the resource base of the fisheries sub-sector.

Also good prospects/investment opportunities exist for TUNA and other pelagic resources. Fishing and fish processing, large scale broad stock development and fingerlings production for fish farming, aquaculture and aquaculture mechanization and shrimp farming. The forest resources include forest and woodland area of about 11 million hectares. Only 2 percent of these areas are productive commercial forest, yielding the timber requirement of the country. About 100 of the 490 utilizable tree species are currently utilized. Investment opportunities exist in areas such as short rotation forestry plantation for pulp wood, poles, edible fruits, gum, raise plywood and particle boards, veneers, furniture components and fittings are among others.

From the foregoing, it is obvious that the prospect for the agricultural sector are enormous and could accommodate a lot of investments, especially this period when the greatest solution to our problems of poverty, is to create enough employment opportunity by creating jobs and thus ensuring food security for the teeming populace.

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