We will take human rights to the doorsteps of every Nigerian – Ojukwu


The Executive Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission, Tony Ojukwu, Esq. said the Commission was determined to take human rights to the doorsteps of every Nigerian by expanding its network through innovative ideas.

Ojukwu, who stated this during a courtesy visit to CHI LIMITED in Lagos, said human rights violation still abounded in most communities especially with the practice of obnoxious culture which contravened human norms and standards in modern civilisation.

He said the Commission was currently partnering Pillars of Hope Initiatives in Africa (POHAI) to carry out an advocacy through television drama titled “Silent Prejudice”.

He said the drama sought to project the ills associated with the practice of OSU caste system, a practice which he described as inimical to human rights.

He called on the management of the company to help sponsor the programme, saying “Chi which is a product of Coca-Cola is a household name therefore sponsoring a television series which has a very high percentage of viewers both at home and abroad will no doubt take human rights awareness to most homes as well as add credibility to the company.”

In his response, the MD of Chi Ltd, Mr Roy Deepanjan, said the company was willing to partner the Commission “as such partnership will not only make them credible but will also improve their operations.”

He said: “if you are in a climate of peace your business will thrive better and Chi is determined to take care of both customers and its staff by way of Mainstreaming Human rights better in its operations.”

He pledged a strong commitment to partner the Commission in providing nutritious yoghurt and other drinks to the children of IDPs in the North East, saying that “Chi is already doing this through its Nurture the Child initiative.”

He said one of their humanitarian services was to cater to the nutritious needs of the indigent children.

“We are there to serve humanity and we are privileged to be present in almost every part of the world except North Korea and Syria where Coca-Cola is not present,” he stated.

He said “Chi holds human rights at high esteem which is why we have a work ethics and we are audited every year.”

Speaking further Mr Roy pointed out that the Company had not dismissed any of its staff members in the past 10 years he had served the company and this to him was an indication of not exposing the staff members to any form of human rights which could impede on the fulfilment of their rights.

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