Who We Are
THE KUKAH CENTRE
The Kukah Centre (TKC) is a Nigeria-based policy research institute, founded by Most Rev. Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto. The Centre has offices in Abuja and Kaduna and treats political leadership as a collaborative exercise that requires multiple governance structures at various levels – individuals, households, small businesses, the organized private sector, NGOs and government.
Interfaith dialogue is at the core of the Centre’s work and involves actively promoting conversations among Nigeria’s faith communities, as well as between leaders in faith and public policy. The Kukah Centre aspires to become Nigeria’s leading institution for the promotion of an active and engaged citizenry by providing support for inclusive dialogue and advocacy initiatives.
Some of our Projects
Former governors, Babatunde Raji Fashola of Lagos State and Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, participated in a political debate, ‘Both sides,’ where they discussed the subject – ‘Fixing Nigeria: The Nuts and Bolts’ – as well as shared their experiences on governance. The event which was moderated by Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, held at the Aso Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
A one day conference on women’s rights and the socio-cultural realities in Northern Nigeria which highighted the legal framework for women’s rights and wind up with some suggested actions to improve the situation. It held at the Catholic Social Centre, Independence Way, Kaduna.
As part of its work in fostering public policy discourse, the Centre organized a Roundtable on Nigeria’s Rebased Gross Domestic Product (GDP)’ which formally placed the country at the top of Africa’s economies. The forum with the theme: ‘A Reflection on Nigeria’s GDP Rebasing: Issues, facts and Fiction’ featured Finance Minister Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Statistician-General of the federation/CEO National Bureau for Statistics (NBS), Dr. Yemi Kale, eminent economists, labour leaders and civil society activists.
The forum vigorously debated how the figures were arrived at and its implications for Nigerians, particularly the poor.