The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) held a one day interactive meeting on Wednesday 11th December 2019 in Port Harcourt, focusing on Community Priority Needs, Governance and Development in the Niger Delta. Participants were drawn from community leaders, media, community based organisations, civil society organisation and the academia.
The discussions enriched the draft Community Needs Assessment Research report which will be published and used as an advocacy document to engage the government of Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom from 2020. The community Parliamentary Committees formed and trained in the 3 target states will drive the advocacy process. This activity was organised with support from National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
CEHRD's founder, Comrade Patrick B. Naagbanton was laid to rest today, Saturday, 23 November 2019 at his compound at Bodo City, Gokana LGA, Rivers State. Though Patrick is dead, his legacy lives on
On Thursday, 21 November 2019, we, friends and partners planted 49 trees across different locations in Bodo City, Gokana LGA, Rivers State. The trees signifies the 49 years Comrade Patrick B. Naagbanton, CEHRD's founder lived on earth before his death. He was an iconic Human and Environmental Rights Defender.
Today, Friday 22 November 2019,there will be an evening of poems and tributes in his honor at Visa Karena Hotel, Port Harcourt by 3pm. He will be laid to rest tomorrow, Saturday 23 November 2019 at his compound, Bodo City.
CEHRD first quarterly review meeting of the female champions at Ogale Civic center, Nchia Eleme. The meeting has in attendance of 58 persons comprising 45 mapped female champions among the 3 target LGAs (Eleme, Oyibo and Okirika) in Rivers State that were sensitize in September 2019 and 13 other persons including facilitators, staff of Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Adolescent Desk Officer at the Rivers State Ministry of Health and staff of CEHRD.
The quarterly review meeting was designed for collation of monthly sensitization data and for the champions to share their challenges and success stories. The project is organised with support from CHAI.
''Patrick Naagbanton was a fearless and inspirational human rights champion, who dedicated his life to helping others, Amnesty International said today, mourning the death of the 49-year-old activist and writer in Port Harcourt, Nigeria on 21 September 2019.''
Amnesty statement: https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/afr44/1103/2019/en/
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With a deep sense of sorrow and shock, Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, CEHRD a foremost NGO in Port Harcourt, announces the passing of Patrick Naagbanton, a committed human and environmental rights defender, poet, humanist, and independent,investigative journalist.
He was knocked down by a reckless driver along Eliozu Road in Port Harcourt on Friday, September 13 at about 3 pm while he stood at the roadside. He was rushed to a private hospital in coma and placed under intensive care. He died after about eight days of battling for survival, on Saturday, September, 21, 2019. Patrick, who hailed from Bodo City, Ogoni, Gokana LGA of Rivers State worked at Beacon newspapers and Environmental Rights Action ERA, before he founded CEHRD, an international human and environmental NGO, which has been in the forefront of the struggle for environmental and social justice in the Niger Delta and across the country.
He later resigned his position as the pioneer Coordinator of the organisation to join the Nigerian Stability and Reconciliation Program, NSRP of the British Council, as well as other international development agencies as a consultant. His death has been described as an irreplaceable loss not only to the human rights community, but to humankind in view of his uncommon courage, expansive, generous spirit, humility and selflessness.
Patrick born August 25, 1970, is survived by his wife, Avary, his aged mother, children and other relations as well as numerous friends and colleagues. Burial arrangements will be announced later.
Director of Programmes
The Launch of the Women in Governance Network (WIGN) in Rivers State on 15th August 2019 by Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) was a success. The torch has been lit and given to them to go into their communities and mobilise and mentor other women. Over 200 WIGN members drawn from d 3 Senatorial Districts in Rivers State took oath of membership.
The oath of membership was administered to the women by Hon Christiana Tamunobereton-Ari, Vice chairperson, Ogu/Bolo LGA, Rivers State. WIGN members will mobilise and mentor other women. Present during the Launch were the Vice chairpersons of the 23 Local Government Areas in Rivers State. This is with support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Abuja.
CEHRD convened a round table discussion and review of the Violence Against Persons(Prohibition)VAPP Law for domestication in Rivers State.The output of this review will be a memorandum to be presented during the forthcoming public hearing on the passage of the VAPP ACT in Rivers State.
In attendance are representations from Arise for Gender and Livelihoods Initiative (Alive), African Women Lawyers Association of Nigeria,(AWLAN) Rivers State Chapter, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Rivers State Chapter, Hon Samuel Ogeh, member representing Emouha LGA at the Rivers State House of Assembly, and representation from the Ministry of Justice, Rivers State.
Quarterly meeting with CEHRD trained ESHRIA Community Monitors on existing and emerging related challenges in Ogoni communities. Smart phones were handed to the monitors as a tool to enable them carryout their monitoring and reporting efficiently and effectively.