The Kukah Centre was established by Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah to enhance and encourage greater citizen engagement in Nigeria. The Centre has become active in the last year, working to strengthen national debate, improve governance and encourage Nigerians to take an active role in the country’s leadership.
The Centre treats political leadership as a collaborative exercise and aims to promote governance structures which incorporate multiple levels of engagement, including individuals, households, small businesses, the 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.
To design programs that encourage debates and free exchange of ideas.
To serve as a mediating platform between the government, citizens and communities.
To engage like-minded partners to promote inclusive governance processes that foster the common good of all citizens.
To foster a productive partnership between faith leaders, the academia and public officials.
To enhance the quality of leadership training at all levels both in the public and non-governmental sectors.
Inter-faith dialogue is at the core of the Centre’s work and involves actively promoting conversation 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 through the promotion of an active and engaged citizenry by serving as a platform for inclusive dialogues and advocacy initiatives.
The Centre’s good governance programs seek to foster an informed and active electorate that recognizes the urgent need to participate in shaping government policies. This is predicated on the understanding that for it to be meaningful, good governance requires a fully functioning and participatory democracy.
We believe that to secure our future, we need to raise and train leaders for the next generation imbued with a sense of service based on shared values.
MEMORY PRESERVATION AND KNOWLEDGE PROMOTION
The Centre’s memory preservation and knowledge promotion activities will raise awareness on critical issues of both historical and contemporary national importance, with a view to promoting active citizen engagement. Knowledge promotion underlines the importance of political participation that is driven by ethnic or religious considerations.
We will adopt a partnership and multiple stakeholders approach as follows:
Interfaith and Policy Dialogue
Leadership Training & Retreat
Round table and Lecture Series