Gender equality has become a matter for international concern and an ongoing human rights violation which the world is committed to ending. Equality is the ideal situation where women and men have equal opportunities for the achievement of their full human rights and potential; are capable of contributing equally to and reap equally from, national political, economic, social and cultural growth. In addition, it includes systematically recognizing and removing the root causes of discrimination in order to provide equal opportunities to men and women. Equality is also considered to include formal and substantive equality not just simple equality between men and women.


As the world celebrates Social Justice (Social Justice Equality Day) what is Nigeria doing to attain social justice?  CCIDESOR therefore joins the mass of crusaders of social justice in Nigeria and around the world to call on all tiers and organs of government in Nigeria particularly the executive to lift any form of embargo on employment in Nigeria. Embargo on formal employment is a tool of social injustice.  We call on the President and the 36 States Governors as well as the Minister of FCT to recognize social justice day by removing any embargo or other forms of encumbrances to employment in Nigeria immediately. This will help Nigeria to start the real journey towards elimination of poverty, deprivation and other forms of inequalities.


As an organization that promotes Women Rights, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights – CCIDESOR uses today’s celebration of International Women’s day to express our support for total emancipation of Nigeria women – the mothers of the nation, the mothers of democracy and the pillar of hope of a better nation and world.


As the world which Nigeria is part of observes International day of zero tolerance of female genital mutilation, Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights.(CCIDESOR) joins citizens and organizations who believed that FGM is a violation of the rights of girls and women, to commiserate with millions of Nigeria women who are victims of FGM and call on government at federal and state levels to save the remaining women from being victims by either passing  law  against it or implementing the existing law that prohibits FGM.


What a remarkable moment it has been for Nigerians in the last few weeks. What used to be a social media uproar against the highhandedness of ‘Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigeria Police Force coupled with the pain of far too many cases of police brutality has spilled over to the streets of cities across Nigeria; a situation that hitherto seemed impossible.  Like author and social activist, Bura-Bari Nwilo, puts it, ‘The generation that’s known for pressing phone also knows how to register its displeasure.’ This is what demonstrators, mostly youths, have attested to as they demand an end to the infamous SARS and also for the total reform of the police.


End Poverty Now – CCIDESOR

Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Right (CCIDESOR)  has insisted that poverty must end now if the country is to connect to the comity of developed countries.

CCIDESOR noted that the only way to address poverty is by ensuring that good governance tripoded on accountability, transparency and citizens engagement are seriously addressed, adding that any government that does not revolve around these governance issues may be running the leitmotif without having to address the plights, aspiration and expectation of the citizens.

‘In a world characterized by an unprecedented level of economic development, technological means and financial resources, that millions of persons are living in extreme poverty is a moral outrage. Poverty is not solely an economic issue, but rather a multidimensional phenomenon that encompasses a lack of both income and the basic capabilities to live in dignity’.

Persons living in poverty experience many interrelated and mutually reinforcing deprivations that prevent them from realizing their rights and perpetuate their poverty, including, dangerous work conditions, unsafe housing, lack of nutritious food, unequal access to justice, lack of political power and limited access to health care.

The federal and state governments should deploy their governance pattern towards the realization of these, in so doing, the spate of poverty would have been addressed which is in line with SDG 2020.

According to Mahatma Gandhi, poverty is a form of violence. In the light of the above, Citizens Center for Integrated Development and Social Right (CCIDESOR) has called on the governments at all levels to address the spate of poverty in the land by improving the economy.

Speaking to newsmen, the Executive Director of CCIDESOR, Ogechi Ikeh noted that as the world celebrates International Non-Violence Day, the federal and state governments should begin to look at those sectors that enhance the economy, like the educational sector, health, roads, market system to check the high cost of food items, hospitals by making sure that citizens can access avoidable health services among other indices that grow the economy.

The Executive Director used the day to call on state and non-actors to reaffirm “the universal relevance of the principle of non-violence” and the desire “to secure a culture of peace, tolerance, understanding and non-violence”.

It would be recalled that  “Non-violence is the greatest force at the disposal of mankind. It is mightier than the mightiest weapon of destruction devised by the ingenuity of man”.

As the world marks the International Day for Girl-Child, a pro-women’s rights organization has called for more voices to be given to the girl-child through breaking of silence on societal stereotypes attached to the female gender.


The Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights (CCIDESOR) has urged state and non-state actors to ensure the protection of the girl child especially in the face of COVID-19.


As Nigeria marks her 60 years old as a Nation, there has been  remarkable milestone which is worthy to be celebrated.

Our dear country Nigeria  has been faced with many challenges starting with leadership and insecurity which Nigeria is plagued with even as we advance in age has worsened and people live in fear  of the unknown from herdsmen attack to terrorists and kidnappers scare etc.                                                         According to statistics recently by the Nigeria security tracker, 25,794 were killed between 2015 and 2019 and more than 100,000 persons have been killed by Boko Haram while 1.9 million people have been displaced because of conflict and violence ; more than half of these people are children. Three quarter of those internally displaced found shelter with host communities who are among the World’s poorest people.