By Raphael Izokpu
A group, Global Right has appealed to the Federal Government to implement a National Action Plan (NAP) on business and the human rights of Nigerians.
Its Country Director, Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru, told newsmen at a national roundtable on business and human rights in Abuja that the government should protect while companies should fulfil their duties to all the stakeholders.
Baiyewu-Teru said that where there are breaches, the available remedies for the people should be engaged.
According to him, “business is as good as human civilisation, as you can neither take away business from our civilisation nor social economic development.”
The national roundtable on business and human rights, organised by the group was themed: “Developing a national action plan for business and human rights in Nigeria.”
On the place of private businesses on human rights, she said, most businesses are privately-driven, adding that, “l believed that business should be largely private and it is not really the duty of the government to do business, but to regulate business.”
Baiyewu-Teru further said that voluntary principle is just a strand on the guiding principles on business and human rights. It is the strand that actually looks at the issues of security and human rights and how it impacts people.”
On her part, the Director of Planning at the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Mrs. Ifeoma Nwakama, said that Nigeria has a national action plan for the protection and promotion of human rights, adding that it is being reviewed because there is no section on business and human rights.