The Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI) and Nigeria’s Human Rights Radio, the home of Brekete family have concluded plans for partnership in order to promote human rights and fight corruption in Nigeria.
This was made known during a courtesy visit by the management of CCSI to the station’s headquarters in Abuja. The Executive Director, CCSI, Mrs. Babafunke Fagbemi who led a team of top management members to the station said there is a link between CCSI and Human Rights Radio because both organisations seek to speak for the voiceless.
“We are very proud of what you are doing here at Human Rights Radio, we see a link between our organization and yours because we are both acting as voice for the voiceless,” Fagbemi said.
She noted that while CCSI has been at the forefront of the campaign for inclusive health for all Nigerians especially in its malaria and family planing programmes, however the organization has also turned its attention to social issues like corruption and its social cost.”
We are proud of Brekete family but beyond that we have many programmes that give access and voice to the people. – Odoh Okenyodo
Our project, Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption, (SCRAP-C) is designed to query the social norms that reinforce habits of corruption. We are trying to reintroduce those values that frown at corruption like Honesty, Integrity and Transparency.
“Not only that, we are getting the people to know that by not speaking out against acts of corruption, they are not only reinforcing the acts but it also speaks to the social cost of corrupt acts, like lack of social infrastructure.
“Since Human Rights Radio has distinguished itself for fighting for the voiceless and projecting the same values that would impact positively on our society, we believe we can work together to achieve a common goal of corruption free society,” Fagbemi said.
Responding, the General Manager of the station, Mr. Odoh Okenyodo thanked the CCSI management while assuring them of the station’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and promoting human rights in the country.
“We are proud of Brekete family but beyond that we have many programmes that give access and voice to the people. We are creating innovating programmes and bringing radio directly to the people in the community to amplify their voice and enable them fight for their rights.
“We are challenging the way broadcasters reinforce the issues of human rights and our reporters see radio as a medium for behaviour change,” he said.