Rights activist and president of Women Arise, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin has described development as a mirage, except on the condition that they are targeted at improving standards of living of humans.
The revered activist was speaking at the Southwest Conference on Human Rights, Security and Grassroots Development organized by the Committee for the Defense of Human Rights (CDHR) in Ogun State, Friday.
Okei-Odumakin spoke on the topic, Human Rights Protection, A Panacea for Sustainable Development in Nigeria. She said development in any facet of life; economic; technological; political or other social areas are centered around the human which are aimed at advancing experiences from unpalatable situations to better or more palatable situations.
“But if all marked indices of development are present but do not improve the human welfare condition, development has not occurred,” Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin said as she advanced her speech.
Okei-Odumakin said the human cannot enjoy development if their rights are constantly violated, which would make experiences miserable.
“You can’t move from one stage of life to the next if you are deprived of privileges associated with one stage and also do not resolve the deprivations by getting justices for them,” she continued.
Her speech, which advocated for genuine guaranteeing and protection of human rights enunciated the various human rights violations prevalent in Nigeria. While showcasing recent examples of gross human rights violations in Nigeria, she declared that human rights abuse are in “commercial quantity and display” in Nigeria.
“We must stop human rights violation and let people have unfettered access to justice, education and as well stop all discriminations if we must truly develop”, she added.
The conference was also attended by other prominent Activists, political and social actors as well as representatives of government society agencies in the State. Some of the notable activists at the conferences include Comrades Abiodun Aremu, Femi Aborishade, Debo Adeniran and Amitolu Shittu among others.
The participants were hosted by the Ogun State Chairman of the CDHR, Comrade Folarin Olayinka under guidance of the Committee’s President, Barrister Malachy Ugwumadu.