EU Pledges Support to Nigeria's Fight Against Poverty
The European Union (EU) is pledging to support Nigeria through the provision of basic services in her fight against poverty and towards the fulfillment of the Universal Human Rights Obligations.
This pledge was made by Head of EU delegation to Nigeria, Ketil Karlsen during the EU-Nigeria Human Rights Dialogue organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday in Abuja.
Karlsen, while addressing newsmen on the outcome of his dialogue with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama and other stakeholders in human rights protection commended the Federal Government’s plan to remove 100 million Nigerians out of poverty.
He also promised to support its ambition in terms of an estimated 14 million children out of school.
‘’We have all heard the President establishing his very noble ambition of lifting 100 million people out of poverty.”
“It is our ambition to support that ambition but of course it is a daunting task looking at the number of children out of school and that basic provision of education and health etc. is such an integral and vital part of seeing that human right prevails in Nigeria.’’
Onyeama in his response said the EU-Nigeria dialogue had become important for the government to uphold international standards of human practice.
He noted government measures are in place to preview human rights policies as a way forward to achieve the target through collaboration with EU within the framework of the African Union.
‘’We make it clear that as a government we have an obligation and desire to respect and promote the human rights of Nigerians.”
“Still reviewing it, it is a very good way of doing that with the Europeans, but also even within the framework of the African Union.”
“Nigeria is coming up to use the African peer review mechanism and we are going to be reviewed in the next summit of African heads of state. There are various aspects of human rights here for us it is the bedrock, the cornerstone of our democracy”, said the Minister.