On 20th November 2017, Eni, through its Subsidiary in Nigeria, Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), organized a 3-day Workshop on Security and Human Rights for Nigerian security forces, aimed at raising awareness about the promotion and protection of human rights.
Respect for human rights is a core value for Eni and the initiative is part of an extensive program being implemented since 2011, to support the spread of the culture of human rights among private and public security forces, and train them to respect human rights and avoid the use of excessive force.
The program, first to be organized by an international oil company in the Country, attracted large presence and participation of highest ranks of the Nigerian security forces, including the Chief of Army Staff, Lt-General Tukur Buratai. A Director of the National Human Rights Commission, Mr. Olaniyi Omodara, also attended the workshop with other high ranking members of the organization.
Welcoming the participants, Managing Director of NAOC, Mr. Insulla Massimo, said the workshop was to refresh and broaden their knowledge on Security and Human Rights issues to enable them re-assess and align their rules of engagement with international best practices and standards.
The Chief of Army Staff, who spoke on behalf of the heads of Government Security Agencies (GSAs) present, thanked Eni for the initiative, and emphasized the importance of human rights to the Nigerian Armed Forces. He assured that the knowledge gained will be disseminated to the rank and file of the agencies.
The courses were organized according to the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPSHR) and presented by Mr. Raoul Forster, a former head of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Within the 3 days, over 400 representatives from the various GSAs participated in the programs in Abuja and Port Harcourt.