Justice Minister Dean Extols Indians Donation to Prison -Urges Others to Emulate Indian Business Chamber
By Stephen G Fellajuah
MONROVIA – The Attorney General of the Republic of Liberia, Frank Musa Dean has extolled the Indian Business Chamber for the donation of food and nonfood items to prison facilities in Liberia aimed at alleviating food shortage within the prison system. The Justice Minister also called on other Liberian partners in progress to emulate the good example of the Indian Business Community.
On Friday, February 17, 2023, the Indian Business Chamber handed over 200 bags of rice, 50 bags of beans, 15 jerry cans of red palm oil, 10 bags of salt, 10 cartons of vita cube, and one bucket of chlorine to Justice Minister Frank Musa Dean, for use by the prison system.
Receiving the items, Minister Dean said the government of Liberia was very pleased to have received such a needed gesture from members of the Indian Business Chamber of Liberia, referring to them as a reliable partner and friend to Liberia.
“As you may know, this is not their first visit, they have come often to identify with us. Of course, we control 16 prisons around the country so some of these items will be distributed to some of them including the Margibi prison”, Minister Dean noted, saying “We are pleased by this gesture and we ask other business friends to follow suit.”
In his subsequent remarks, he stated that people who are detained are citizens even though they have run in conflict with the law, but yet they are citizens of Liberia; and of course, while incarcerated, they are entitled to certain basic rights including feeding.
The Minister at the same time encouraged other humanitarians, businessmen, organizations and other friends to copy the example of the Indian Business Chamber, by donating or contributing to the less fortunate and to the country’s prisons.
“Jeety contribution has been very helpful and his conduct has been exemplary”, Minister Dean further commended the former Indian Honorary Consul General to Liberia, Mr. Upjit Singh Sachdeva.
Speaking earlier, the renowned Indian businessman and philanthropist Upjit Singh Sachdeva (Mr. Jeety) revealed that during his latter visit at the Monrovia Central Prison on Armed Forces Day, he pledged that the Indian Business Chamber for which he is the founding chairman, donate food items to prison facilities in Liberia.
He said the presence of the Indian Business Chamber at the prison facility on Friday was to make good on its pledge based on a plea from Minister Dean a few days ago that there was shortage of food in the prison system.
Mr. Jeety went further to urge his fellow businessmen in the country to not “Give to get; but give to inspire others”, adding that prisoners are unable to fend for food. Jetty also called on others to support the efforts of the government in whatever little way they can so that these inmates can have nourished meals.
He then thanked members of the Chamber of Commerce who joined the Indian Business Chamber to donate to the prisoners.