10th of December every year is observed globally as International Human Rights Day. It’s a day the United Nations General Assembly, in 1948, adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to identify common rights and freedoms for all people in all nations. The provisions of the chatter were domesticated in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria which makes her a signatory to it.

In view of the above, Jamub Group, as part of her Corporate Social Responsibility joined other Civil Society Organizations’ worldwide to mark this year’s International Human Rights Day at Suleja Custodial Center, Niger State with the Inmates, where about eleven inmates with minor offences/option of fine after were released to go back home to rejoin their loved ones for Christmas celebration. They were also fed with some refreshment and transport fare back to their various homes.

The Group General Manager, Mr Olusegun Karrim in his opening remark at the occasion told the inmates to ensure to turn a new leaf as the society’s expectation of them is high. “The burden of responsibility lies on you as the society is looking forward to seeing positive changes in you. Whether inside the confinement or outside the facility there is no difference, you must ensure you change the perception of the society about yourself and make a difference with your life”.

He cited an example of a young man who was falsely accused and incarcerated in prison for 12 good years, yet he was not deterred, he wrote WAEC while he was in prison  and when he was released went ahead to pursue his dream of reading law. Last month he was called to the Nigerian Bar a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. He told them that they too can make a difference with their lives. He cited other examples of people whom made it in life after their release from prisons like Nelson Mandela, Obasanjo etc who later became Presidents. “President Olusegun Obasanjo was also in the prison, but came out to be the president of Nigeria; Nelson Mandela was in prison too: this men have touched their world, we believe you can do the same”. He said.

Meanwhile, the Company Secretary, Bar. Ikechukwu Odozor in his presentation commended the Federal Government for reforms in Nigerian prisons service and called for better treatment of inmates in order that they are not reintegrated into the society with wounded psyche upon the expiration of their term.

Advising them on characters they need to imbibe as a culture, he said; “freed inmates must learn to isolate themselves from the cause of anger, they must be ready to deal with rejection, they must resist negative influences and combat addictions.

An excited freed inmate, Danjuma Shehu who was to spend a 2-year term for being unable to afford a fine of N50,000, could not conceal his emotions. “Right now I feel wonderful I’m so excited, I’m still having like one year and some months to spend, I only spent two and half month. I have a problem with my parents, so my plan is to go back home and ask for forgiveness. Maybe my life will be better.”

The Assistant Controller of Correction, Suleja Prison, Mrs Abigail Agu in her vote of thanks appreciated Jamub Group for the great gesture in facilitating the release of inmates, she therefore called on the inmates to avoid any act that could bring them back into the facility by working hard to becoming successful. In her words; “you inmates must make sure not to come back here, work hard and become successful”.

Also, Present at the event was the Deputy Superintendent of Correction, Mr. Adetutu and other Custodial officials. Other guests from Jamub group were Mr. Joseph Odugboye, Head of Human Resources; Mr. Lawrence Akaniro, Head of Business Development Unit, Mr. Simon Muje, Head, Jamub Energy; Ms Esther Mbachu, Head of Accounting; Ms. Freda Okhiria, Public Relations Officer and other staff of the organization.

Signed:

Freda Okhiria,

Public Relations Officer