The Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Bamenda joined the Prison Administration and inmates of the Bamenda Central Prison to celebrate the International human Rights Day 2014.
In activities leading to the celebration proper, the Commission supported the prison with the construction of a Grand Stand. This Grand Stand was officially opened on the peak celebration that took place on 18th December 2014 by the Superintendent of the Prison, General Tiwa Jonas. The Commission equally supported the occasion with the award of prizes to some exceptional inmates.
During this occasion, we had the Prison Chaplaincy Team of the Archdiocese of Bamenda led by Rev. Father Joachim. He joined the other pastors to pray for God to strengthen the inmates and all those working with prisons so that the situation of human rights in the 05 prisons of the Archdiocese is greatly improved.
General Tiwa Jonas in his speech on this occasion appreciated the efforts of all individuals and organizations working in the prison to see that the rights of both inmates and prison personnel are fully respected. To this, he gave special credit to the Justice and Peace Commission of the Archdiocese of Bamenda which has not only stopped at building the capacities of inmates and prison personnel over the years, ensuring that they access justice, striving to transform inmates to become better persons upon return to their families, but has taken a giant step to assist in improving on the infrastructure within the prison through the construction of a grand stand. This goes a long way to support the efforts of the government, which are often limited. He ended by encouraging these individuals and organizations to keep up with their invaluable contributions to improve upon the situation of the prison.
Participants during this occasion were lead to the stands where inmates had displayed the articles they produce for the market. These included stands for traditional attires, poultry, shoe mending, and agriculture amongst others.