Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has pledged that his
administration will remain committed to the protection of vulnerable
people’s rights, as well as uphold ideals that had led to
collaboration between it and the Department for International
The governor gave the assurance at the handing over of TAMAR SARC, a
rights advocacy centre and home for victims of abuse, to the state
government by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul
Arkwright, in Enugu.
“We must ensure full realization of the centre and also assure you of
our willingness for future partnership. The Department for
International Development has assisted us especially in the key areas
of development like Justice for All, state accountability, among
others,” the governor said.
Mr. Arkwright commended the many positive steps taken by the Ugwuanyi
administration to enthrone economic development in the state. He noted
that it was gratifying that people could now resolve social issues
amicably, adding that “the United Kingdom will continue to contribute
to the development of Nigeria”.
The head of DFID in the South East and South South, Mrs. Olachi Chuks
Romnie, thanked the governor for identifying with their programmes
over the years and pledged their readiness to complement his
administration’s efforts to develop the state.
While the Enugu State commissioner for Gender Affairs and Social
Development, Princess Peace Nnaji, canvassed support for the
government’s policies, other speakers including the executive
director of Women Aids Collective, Prof. Joy Ezeilo, mostly frowned at
violence and emotional abuse against women and girls and called for a
concerted effort to stop the malaise.