Sat. Apr 13th, 2024

From TCNEWS

As the world observes to the year 2024 World Social Justice Day, a leading civil rights advocacy group dedicated to promoting human rights, social justice, and good governance in Nigeria, the Centre for Human Rights Advocacy and Wholesome Society, CEHRAWS has called for robust anti-corruption measures, transparent governance practices, and accountability mechanisms to combat corruption at all levels of society.

In a release signed and made available to our correspondent by Mr. Okoye Chuka Peter, CEHRAWS Executive Director, the group decried that systemic corruption has further undermined social justice in Nigeria by perpetuating impunity and eroding public trust in governance institutions.

According to Okoye, from economic inequality to systemic corruption, ethnic tensions, gender disparities, and inadequate access to basic services such as healthcare and education, Nigeria, like many countries, has been grappling with multifaceted challenges that impede the attainment of social justice for all its citizens and the barriers to social justice are prevalent and pervasive.

Mr. Okoye.

CEHRAWS who emphasized the need for policies and initiatives that address the root causes of poverty and promote inclusive economic growth, observed that economic inequality has remained a significant obstacle in Nigeria, with a large proportion of the population living below the poverty line.

The group pointed out that the unequal distribution of wealth, has equally exacerbated social disparities, hindering equitable access to opportunities for prosperity and upward mobility. 

While also advocating for dialogue, tolerance, and respect for diversity as essential pillars of social justice, CEHRAWS further observed that ethnic tensions and conflicts have continued to pose significant challenges to national cohesion and unity in Nigeria. 

The release read, “CEHRAWS stands at the forefront of championing the cause for social justice in our nation. This year’s theme – Overcoming Barriers and Unleashing Opportunities for Social Justice, resonates deeply with the current state of affairs in Nigeria.

” Access to essential services such as healthcare and education remains a pressing concern in Nigeria, particularly for marginalized communities. CEHRAWS calls for increased investment in social infrastructure and the implementation of policies that guarantee universal access to quality healthcare and education. By prioritizing the well-being and development of all citizens, we can unleash the full potential of our nation and advance social justice for all.

“Gender disparities persist in various spheres of Nigerian society, limiting the full participation and empowerment of women and girls. CEHRAWS underscores the importance of gender equality and women’s rights in achieving social justice. By promoting equal opportunities, combating gender-based violence, and ensuring access to education and healthcare for all, we can create a more equitable and just society for future generations.

“By fostering a culture of inclusivity and understanding, we can overcome divisive barriers and build a more harmonious society where every Nigerian feels valued and respected.

“As we commemorate 2024 World Social Justice Day, CEHRAWS reaffirms its commitment to advancing the cause of social justice in Nigeria. Together, let us overcome barriers, unleash opportunities, and build a more inclusive and equitable society where every Nigerian can live with dignity, freedom, and justice”.

Furthermore, CEHRAWS maintained that only through sustained efforts to uphold the rule of law and strengthen institutional integrity can Nigeria achieve true social justice.

By NWAMARA

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