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The Fulfillment of Key Socio-economic and Fundamental Rights in Nigeria: Akwa Ibom State as a Paragon

By E. J. Uko


This article examines the fulfillment of key socio-economic and\ud Fundamental Human Rights in Nigeria, taking Akwa Ibom State as\ud a noble paragon. Notable among the fundamental human rights of\ud focus are the socio-economic rights to education, health care,\ud housing/shelter, and food/water. The article equally delves into the\ud extent of protection and fulfillment of the rights of the most\ud vulnerable members of society, including the aged women, and\ud children, in accord with the dictates of international human rights\ud law. The paper then weighs the fulfillment of the above rights in a\ud legal balance, noting the security situation in Akwa Ibom State\ud and the entire Niger Delta Region in the light of the provisions of\ud international human rights documents on the rights to security and\ud security of the human person as necessary adjunct to peace, stability,\ud economic progress and human growth. Noting that the right to\ud security/security of the human person cuts across the provisions of\ud the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, (ICCPR)\ud first generation of rights and second/third generation of human\ud rights. The paper indepthly examines how a relegation to the\ud background of the right to security of the human person can\ud singularly render nugatory other achievements or progressive\ud developments in terms of promotion, protection and fulfillment of\ud other categories of rights. Despite the security challenges, which\ud have become not just a state, or national challenge but also a global\ud problem, the paper however scores the present administration of\ud Akwa Ibom State (under Governor Godswill Akpabio), very highly\ud for the visionary strides in terms of fulfillment of basic socio-\ud economic rights and responsiveness to the needs and rights of\ud children, women and the elderly

Topics: Key socio-economic, Fundamental Human Rights, Akwa Ibom State, Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence, K1-7720, Law, K
Publisher: International Centre for Integrated Development Research
Year: 2013
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