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 we mark 2022 social justice day in Nigeria, the level of unemployment, which is 00000 suggests the existence of so much social injustice. Addressing social injustice will directly and indirectly address our current level of insecurity, impoverishment and inequalities anchored on race, gender, religion or social status. Social injustice is like a wide fire, it does not only engulf its target, and it spreads to non-targets thereby destroying everything. A society of social injustice is unhealthy and reprehensible. Absence of social justice is also an absence of good governance.
An opportunity like Social Justice Day should be very crucial and significant to any government that wants to leave justice a legacy to the society. Year in year, out most governments at federal and state are silent during this important day to humanity. Therefore, CCIDESOR is calling on Federal Government and the 36 states government to use 2022 world social justice day to renew social justice contract with Citizens and define clearly the path of formal employment in 2022 particularly for the Nigerian youths. Citizens Centre for Integrated Development and Social Rights subscribes to the theme of 2022 world social justice day and call on Mr. President, the 36 States Governors and FCT Minister to:
- Declare embargo on employment as social injustice and immediately abolish it along with other policies that prevents citizens from gaining formal employment
- Encourage private sector through clear policies on formal employment so as to eliminate the syndrome of casualization of staff.
- Create enabling environment that will grow formal employment by the private sector
- Eliminate high insecurity which breeds unemployment and injustice
- All the 36 States and Federal Government should make firm promises on the number of formal employment they will create in 2022.
Nigeria should recognize that Promoting social justice through formal employment will eliminate poverty, exclusion, gender inequalities, unemployment, Human Rights as well as social protection. We can use social justice to build a new Nigeria. We can.
Nnenna Onyenoha Nnaemeka Onyejiuwa
Executive Director Program Manager