Rivers State Deputy Governor Dr.  (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo says it is important for citizens and Governments   at all levels to encourage and respect the rights and dignity of the people.

Dr. Banigo stated this in her goodwill message from the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday the 9th of December to commemorate the International Human Rights Day 2022.

The Deputy Governor said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948 underscores the importance of promoting and recognizing human rights in all ramifications.

In a statement by her press officer, Owupele Benebo, she said the theme for this year’s celebration which is “Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All” is in consonance with the non-discriminatory and gender friendly posture of the Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike led Administration in the State, adding that the Rivers People have continued to enjoy dividends of democracy   and unfettered freedom since the inception of this Administration.

It would be recalled that the 10th of December, marks the end of the 16 days of activism that was launched on the 25th of November which was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

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