By Austin Erameh
The Cross River State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Joe Oshie Abang, has assured of his administration’s commitment to strengthen collaboration with the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in the formulation of appropriate internationally-complied policy or legal frameworks for guiding humanitarian response in the state.
Abang gave this assurance while receiving a group of civil society organisations led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager (Democratic Governance), CISLAC, at his office in Calabar, Cross River State’s capital.
The Commissioner reiterated commitment to partner CISLAC in advancing holistic solutions to complement existing efforts by the state and developmental partners in addressing the growing challenges associated with human trafficking.
Also speaking during the visit, Anya explained that the meeting aimed at advocating to relevant government agencies on the need for the introduction of state-based frameworks on emergency response.
“This visit aims primarily at advocating for a state law and/or policy that will be in compliance with international standards and good practices in the humanitarian community and take into consideration the specificities of the state in addressing both protection and assistance of Internally Displaced Persons, Refugees and other Persons of Concern during and after emergencies,” he said.
The Programme Manager further urged the State Governor, through the Ministry of Justice, to introduce an Executive Bill to the State House of Assembly to give legislative backing to the operational mandate of a designated agency of government in coordinating humanitarian response.