Wife of the Executive Governor and CEO of Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, Barr. Anna Ishaku has said that Social Justice is needed in our society today in checkmating issues affecting humanity.
The Governor’s wife made the remarks at an event organised to commemorate World Social Justice Day at the Conference Hall of Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba.
She said the coronavirus pandemic has brought about a surge on digital economy as such rights of all should not be violated but granted to enable them earn a living.
She said this year’s theme – “Social Justice in the Digital Economy” was apt as it is aimed at providing better platform for all genders to participate in promoting the economy of the country.
Barr. Anna sued for cooperation for all and to fill up the gap that has been created by social inequalities in the society.
In his presentation, a lecturer under the Department of Sociology, Federal University Wukari, John Wajim did a presentation titled “Fundamental Principles and Rights in a Working Environment.”
Wajim remarked that workers according to International Labour Organization Laws, have the rights to freedom of association and peaceful assembly at a work place.
The lecturer advocated total elimination of all forms of forced or compulsory labour and effective abolition of child labour.
He decried the discrimination faced by women in terms of employments especially political appointments.
On her part, the Commissioner, Ministry of Social Development, Bridget Twar, represented by the Permanent Secretary said the increasing cases of crimes are as a result of social injustice.
Presenting the paper titled “Reducing Inequalities, the Path to Social Cohesion”, the Commissioner enumerated the various kinds of inequalities to include economic, social and political inequalities which needs to be addressed.
She called for increase in minimum wages of workers, provision of access housing for workers, provision of free education for less privileges as well as investing more education for a better society.
Earlier, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer of Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba, Sarah David Ibi enjoined the participants to pay keen interest to paper presentation for a well informed take home message.
In attendance was Commissioner for Women Affairs and Child Development, Hauwa Kwena and other dignitaries.