VPI, Nigeria partner to improve Human Rights in extractive industry

VPI, Nigeria partner to improve Human Rights in extractive industry

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Signatories to the Voluntary Principles Initiative and the Federal Republic of Nigeria are set to improve human rights in the extractive sector in Nigeria through the adoption of the voluntary principles in the sector.

“The delegation from the Initiative of the VPI on Security and Human Rights -led by Mr. Ronald Roosdorp of the Netherlands Government will arrive in Nigeria on Sunday, February 11, 2018 for a-five day working visit” the Executive Director, Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE), Mr. Joel Bisina said.

Other members of the delegation would be representatives from governments, companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, The Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States that are signatory to the VPI.

While in the country, the delegation will engage stakeholders in Nigeria including federal and state government officials, corporate entities and members of the civil society active in the extractive and security sector, to share perspectives and experiences aimed at supporting Nigeria to understand and adopt the voluntary principles.

Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights are a set of principles designed to guide companies in the extractive sector in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within an operating framework that encourages respect for human rights. The voluntary principles serve as implementation tools for the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights at the global compact.

During the visit, the team will meet with the relevant stakeholders to appraise security risks, potential for violence, rule of law and conflict analysis. These are considered as essentials in the promotion and protection of human rights which are important elements in advancing business goals.

The visit would strengthen the work of the In Country Pilot Working Group, established in 2017, to identify and respond to local in-country challenges related to implementation of the Voluntary Principles and to identify joint solutions to those challenges.

 Meanwhile, Roosdorp has expressed delight at the prospect of engaging and sharing experiences with Nigerians.

“We feel really delighted at the prospect of engaging and sharing our experiences with our Nigerian colleagues with a view to improving the human rights quotient in the business environment in Nigeria’s Extractive sector” Mr. Roosdorp said.

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