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By TEKAN Peace Desk
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BB - Journey to Ending Incessant Attacks in Plateau State - 19th Jan. 2022

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Appraisal and lessons learnt from Bassa-Jos North By-election
This edition is engage the conduct, successes and areas of improvement for subsequent elections 
45:06
April 29, 2022
Demand for transparency in Governance II
As a continuum to last week’s discussion, building bridges again continues its focus on good governance with a view to probing the accountability index and orientation in Nigeria both at micro and macro level. Transparency is a key requirement of good governance. It’s a requirement in both micro and macro levels. This means that decisions taken and their enforcement are done in a manner that follows rules and regulations. It also means that information is freely available and directly accessible to those who will be affected by such decisions and their enforcement. It also means that enough information is provided and that it is provided in easily understandable forms and media. The demand for such cannot be overemphasized especially in a democratic setting like Nigeria. Transparency cannot be enforced without the adherences to the rule of law. You can share your through our feedback channel. 
46:49
April 29, 2022
Demand for transparency in Governance
Transparency is a key requirement of good governance. It’s a requirement in both micro and macro levels. This means that decisions taken and their enforcement are done in a manner that follows rules and regulations. It also means that information is freely available and directly accessible to those who will be affected by such decisions and their enforcement. It also means that enough information is provided and that it is provided in easily understandable forms and media. The demand for such cannot be overemphasized especially in a democratic setting like Nigeria. Transparency cannot be enforced without the adherences to the rule of law. Happy listening!
45:01
April 29, 2022
Social Justice as an indicator to quality leadership
There is no gain saying that concept of social justice has been a matter of debate and over time Nigerians have come to terms that it is just a concept not a deliverable. The value of justice in Nigeria have been considered as an ideology not a practice hence, the reflection is mirrored at both local, state and national scale of administration. The level of inflation, insecurity, high cost of governance. On this program we are examining government policies with of aim educating our audience on the practices, failings and possible solutions to policy formulations as regards delivering social justice and good governance. Also the idea of good governance is a subject known only at theoretical levels. What are some of these indicators to look out for in gauging good governance? How can the people be part of these process and also take part for sake of transparency? In another development there have been concerns on the indiscriminate posting of bills and littering of public places by campaign posters. This is connected to the poor culture of facility management by both leaders and citizens. Please enjoy the conversation With Mr. Chinge Dodo (A public analyst and a social commentator)
44:26
April 29, 2022
Prioritizing Public Demands
We had an open mic discussion on Building Bridges, we entertained opinions of teeming audience as a way of recording their yearnings if given the opportunity to lead. The wishful thinking opens up the lines for audience to state their possible actions based on hierarch (prioritizing public demands). “What two things will you do differently if you were president, governor and why? That was our question for the day. we would like to get your feedback. Enjoy the podcast!
45:24
April 29, 2022
Imperatives of Peace clubs for sustainable in Plateau state
Enjoy the exclusive conversation between TEKAN Peace Desk and Justice, Development and Peace Caritas on the topical issue of peace  clubs in secondary schools tailored for sustainable peace in communities.  
44:35
April 29, 2022
The Fate of sacked of communities in Plateau state
The security situation in Plateau State has deteriorated owing to the violent conflict which erupted in state capital in 2001. Since then, the losses of the state became be unquantified. We have resorted in counting lives as numbers not human then we lose its sacredness.as it stands the sacredness of lives is worth nothing as the news of people being killed is almost a daily occurrence. The agricultural potential of Plateau state in one of the highest in the country yet the return on investment for farmers in that sector has been generally low due to insecurity and the non-willingness of investors to come. The tourism potential of Plateaus is second to none in the country, however the sector has remained moribund because of insecurity and governments inability tackle security. The after effect of these incessant attacks in the state led to the displacement of persons, illegal occupation of sacked hamlets and villages as well as the denial of access and seizure of farm lands by these militias. The fate of these sacked communities in Plateaus state hangs on the balance. Justice is said to be denied to these communities. Available data shows that 102 villages in Plateau have been overran and some occupied by Mr. Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri Esq from Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN) was our guest on this edition of Building Bridges.
45:26
April 29, 2022
BB - The fate of sacked communities in Plateau state – 26th Jan. 2022
The security situation in Plateau State has deteriorated owing to the violent conflict which erupted in state capital in 2001. Since then, the losses of the state became be unquantified. We have resorted in counting lives as numbers not human then we lose its sacredness.as it stands the sacredness of lives is worth nothing as the news of people being killed is almost a daily occurrence. The agricultural potential of Plateau state in one of the highest in the country yet the return on investment for farmers in that sector has been generally low due to insecurity and the non-willingness of investors to come. The tourism potential of Plateaus is second to none in the country, however the sector has remained moribund because of insecurity and governments inability tackle security. The after effect of these incessant attacks in the state led to the displacement of persons, illegal occupation of sacked hamlets and villages as well as the denial of access and seizure of farm lands by these militias. The fate of these sacked communities in Plateaus state hangs on the balance. Justice is said to be denied to these communities. Available data shows that 102 villages in Plateau have been overran and some occupied by Mr. Dalyop Solomon Mwantiri Esq from Emancipation Centre for Crisis Victims in Nigeria (ECCVN) will be our guest to discuss this and more.
45:25
January 26, 2022
BB - Journey to Ending Incessant Attacks in Plateau State - 19th Jan. 2022
BB - Journey to Ending Incessant Attacks in Plateau State - 19th Jan. 2022
45:31
January 19, 2022
BB - Youth Empowerment for Effective Community Development - 12th Jan. 2022
The youth population form major part of every society, contributing to the development and growth. While this remains true, it is al true that if not properly empowered with the right perspective, platform and opportunities, they may cause a major drawback to their communities. There is an alarming rate of unemployed young people in Nigeria. Most of the crimes and criminality are sadly perpetrated by who young people who are not gainfully employed or armed with the wrong mindset about life. We cannot discuss peace without really talking the impact of young people in peacebuilding processes. Youth empowerment is pivotal to community development. However, such empowerment schemes need to be properly monitored, structured and wholistic for it to produce result in terms of improving the lives and source of livelihoods of young people. Over the years, TEKAN Peace Desk through its Interfaith Skills acquisition program has empowered vulnerable and indigent women and young people across religious and tribal divides. On this edition of building bridges, we shall be taking a look at how this empowerment is contributing to peacebuilding processes for effective community development. What is the idea of youth empowerment? What is the contribution of youth empowerment to peacebuilding and community development processes? What are the challenges and successes encountered while empowering young people? These and many more will form the basis of our discussion with Mr. Julius Abimiku, Mrs. Victoria Hagalstine and one of Young beneficiary of its vocational empowerment program.
47:15
January 12, 2022
BB - Policies and plans that will advance Nigeria’s Development in 2022 - 5th Jan. 2022
Policies (or plans) are strategies carefully mapped out for implementation to achieve stated objectives. Usually, these policies/plans are situated within the ambits of existing or created piece of legislations. Like other climes, the current administration has its own economic and development plan. We shall be taking a look at the plan and what it holds for Nigerians in the new year. The government last Wednesday officially launched its National Development Plan (NDP) 2021-2025 which succeeded the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017 – 2020. The NDP targets the creation of 21 million full time jobs for Nigerians and also hopes to lift 35 million people out of poverty by year 2025. The private sector is expected to be the largest contributor in terms of the funding alongside other stated funding sources by the government. What are the components of the National Development Plan?  How will it improve and impact Nigerians and increase development at the community level in the new year and with the electioneering period in view? What are the commensurate derivable benefits to Nigeria and Nigerians alike in the face of harsh and unstable economic condition? What are the basic improvements the NDP is bringing, better than the ERGP? All these are pertinent questions as we take wholistic look at the NDP which will form the economic and developmental compass for the country in 2022 and beyond. We have a team of Development practitioners and analysts to do justice to this topical issue; Mr. Kitshiwe William (Program Manager, Mennonite Central Committee), Mr. Dan Zita (Public Affairs Analyst) and Mr. Kabiru Sabo (Programmes Manager, TEKAN Peace Desk).
47:15
January 05, 2022
BB - 2021 in Retrospect _ Review of major talking points of the year - 29th Dec. 2021
The year 2021 has been an historic year in view of the various happenings within the year. There are various issues that stand out in the year which has been our major talking points and driven our advocacy on this platform within the year. On this edition of the programme, we shall be having a review of those major talking points as we assess the challenges, emerging issues and way forward as the year winds down in 2 days’ time. Notable among these are issues of insecurity ranging from farmer – herder attacks, communal clashes, increased kidnappings, banditry, insurgency. Other major talking points are the issues of the increasing cost of commodity, new variant of the Covid19 Pandemic, Good governance, state of our policing one year after the #EndSARS protests, The various regions of the country have had its fair share of insecurity in the year 2021. This is with its attendant negative impact on human and capital development with increased polarization of the country across ethnic and regional lines. The education sector has had its fair share of security challenges with increased cases of school kidnappings. This has been the order of the day in northeastern and north western parts of the country. All these forms bulk of the demand for good governance by citizens who grapple with economic fallout across board. This is coupled with increasing cost of governance or recurrent expenditure and surging depth profile of the country. All these and many more will form the bases of our discussion today as we review major talking points within the year. Which of these issue(s) stands out for you? What are the emerging issues as the year winds down? And what are you grateful to God for this year?
46:10
December 29, 2021
BB - Security peculiarities during the festive season; Useful tips - 22nd Dec. 2021
The ember months each year is filled with several challenges occasioned by increased human and economic activities. The rush is usually at its peak in December as the festive season sets in. This is underscored by increase in market activities, travels and rush to make ends meet. All these have a spiral effect on the security situation within the period in our communities. Various communities experience several security challenges ranging from increased in kidnappings, armed robbery and petty thefts as the case maybe. The Department of State Services (DSS) had on Wednesday (15th December, 2021) issued a public security advisory where it cautioned recessing members of the National and state assemblies as well as other public and private sectors workers on vacation may be predisposed to threats of various degrees. The statement reads in part, “these individuals are susceptible to kidnapping, hijack, assassination, armed robbery and political manipulations. They are advised to be security conscious in order not to fall victim of these attacks and destructive political maneuvers” It is no longer news that several communities in Jos and environs are faced with the afore mentioned security issues. This calls for increased communal security approaches to better protect our communities during the festive season. This is to further compliment the effort of security operatives in securing our surroundings. How can we support our local security structures for effective performance during this period? What do you need to know about security tips to better protect yourself during the festivities? All these and many more will form the basis of our discussion on this edition of Building Bridges with Dr. Obadiah Samuel
50:32
December 22, 2021
BB - Road traffic peculiarities during the festive season; Useful tips _ 15th Dec. 2021
In the last edition of Building Bridges, we discussed issues surrounding the ember months. We dwelt on peculiar issues of the season with local relevance to the well-being of the general public. Today, we shall further our discussion by focusing on the road traffic peculiarities of the yuletide season. This period (Christmas and new year celebration) is accompanied by increase human activities leading increased vehicular activities and travels as the case maybe. This usually leads to increase in vehicular traffic across various roads and accidents. Various roads in Jos and environs are already witnessing increased vehicular traffic and accidents leading to the loss of lives in some cases. According to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS, 2020), “2,080 road crashes occurred in Nigeria within the second quarter (April - June) of the year”. Speed violation accounted for 47% of reported road crashes. This is closely followed by wrongful overtaking accounting for 10% of the crashes. While a total of 855 person lost their lives in road traffic crashes within the period. It is expected that this sad development might further increase as the Christmas season sets in, if not properly checked. This calls for increased awareness for drivers and passengers alike to stay safe and travel safe during the season. Usually, increased traffic and accident are caused by Bad roads, road (un)worthiness of vehicles, drivers’ state of mind / drunk-driving, over speeding, fatigue among drivers, use of Mobile phones while driving, substance abuse among other factors hinging on lack of adherence to common road safety regulations by relevant authorities such as the Federal Road Safety Corpse (FRSC). It is those who drive to remain alive that will ultimately remain alive to celebrate the Christmas and new year. On this note, how do we ensure that drivers are conscious of the dangers of not adhering to road safety regulations this season? How do we curtail cases of reckless driving? What do you need to know as you are plan to embark on that journey for the Christmas and New Year holiday? All these and many more will form the basis of our discussion on this edition of Building Bridges with Route Commander Mr. Peter Yakubu Longsan, Public Enlightenment Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corpse (FRSC), Plateau state sector Command.
47:31
December 15, 2021
BB - Art for Peace and Resilience _ 1st Dec. 2021
The festive season is here again! The season is characterized by increased human activities across communities geared towards making the festivities memorable. Many people celebrate differently but it all hinges on local realities at play in communities. While all these activities are being planned, there’s need to harness various inspired initiatives to build bonds of love and unity across divides. Harnessing the art of the season for peace cut across relevant creative activities such as music, exhibitions, Dance and carnivals for peace. A close link to that is the worsening economic realities with dire consequences on community members’ mental health. There is also a need to build resilience for the season and beyond through inspired initiatives to be carried out within the festive season. This is the crux of our conversation as we explore opportunities embedded in arts for peace and resilience during the festive season. Consequently, we shall anchor our conversation on the underlying principles behind forms of art in communities during the festive season. How can we harness such forms of art for peace and resilience? How effective can those form of art be in our quest for peace and unity across communities? are those arts well suited for healing while seeking peace and unity? We shall be discussing this and more with Dr. Jacob Onoja
49:24
December 01, 2021
BB - Contextualising Local Peace Initiatives in Dadin Kowa Community and Laranto Community- 24th Nov. 2021
Peace is a collective effort of community members. It begins with every individual irrespective of social, economic, religious or tribal inclination. Peace can only last as decided by community stakeholders. As such, making the decision for peace requires a daily, deliberate and concerted determination of community dwellers. Peace can also be achieved by mutual understanding of community members anchored on justice for all. There are drivers of peace in our communities that can be leveraged for this purpose. But overtime, these drivers become weakened by human activities such as antisocial vices, rumors and fake news. These activities are not without dire consequences to stability of our communities. Key segment of the population, are often at the center of this. On today’s edition of building bridges, we shall be discussing local peace initiatives in Dadin Kowa and Laranto Communities as ignited by young people and Youth groups as well as other Development Associations within these communities. What are the drivers of peace in Dadin Kowa and Laranto Communities? how can these drivers be enhanced for communal peace in these communities? what are the lessons for other communities? how effective have they being overtime? Are the emerging local peace issues generic or specific? All these and more will form the basis of our discussion with Mr. John Mark from Dadin Kowa Community and Yakubu Tagni from Laranto Community.
48:03
November 24, 2021
BB - Contextualising Local Peace Initiatives in Nabor and Rikkos - 17th Nov. 2021
Peace is a collective effort of community members. It begins with every individual irrespective of social, economic, religious or tribal inclination. Peace can only last as decided by community stakeholders. As such, making the decision for peace requires a daily, deliberate and concerted determination of community dwellers. Peace can also be achieved by mutual understanding of community members anchored on justice for all. There are drivers of peace in our communities that can be leveraged for this purpose. But overtime, these drivers become weakened by human activities such as antisocial vices, rumors and fake news. These activities are not without dire consequences to stability of our communities. Key segment of the population, are often at the center of this. On today’s edition of building bridges, we shall be discussing local peace initiatives in Nabor and Rikkos Communities as ignited by young people and Youth groups as well as other Development Associations within these communities. What are the drivers of peace in Nabor and Rikkos Communities? how can these drivers be enhanced for communal peace in these communities? what are the lessons for other communities? how effective have they being overtime? Are the emerging local peace issues generic or specific? All these and more will form the basis of our discussion with Mr. Sani Danjuma from Nabor Community and Mallam Garbati from Rikkos Community.
47:26
November 17, 2021
BB - Contextualising Local Peace Initiatives in Gyel_Bukuru and Tudun Wada - 10th Nov. 2021
Peace is a collective effort of community members. It begins with every individual irrespective of social, economic, religious or tribal inclination. Peace can only last as decided by community stakeholders. As such, making the decision for peace requires a daily, deliberate and concerted determination of community dwellers. Peace can also be achieved by mutual understanding of community members anchored on justice for all.  There are drivers of peace in our communities that can be leveraged for this purpose. But overtime, these drivers become weakened by human activities such as antisocial vices, rumors and fake news. These activities are not without dire consequences to stability of our communities. Key segment of the population, are often at the center of this. On today’s edition of building bridges, we shall be discussing local peace initiatives in Gyel/Bukuru and Tudun Wada as ignited by young people and Youth groups. What are the drivers of peace in Tudun Wada and Gyel/Bukuru? how can these drivers be enhanced for communal peace in these communities? what are the lessons for other communities?  how effective have they being overtime? Are the emerging local peace issues generic or specific? All these and more will form the basis of our discussion with Mr. Job Manajang from Gyel/Bukuru Community and Mr. Richard Egbita from Tudun Wada Community.
47:57
November 10, 2021
BB - Imperatives of the unlawful impeachment of Plateau State House of Assembly Speaker – 3rd Nov. 2021
The face off in the Plateau State House Assembly is no longer news. However, while the fracas remains, several interest groups calls for restoration of order in the house. The honorable members are divided between Hon. Nuhu Ayuba Abok, yet others have pledge their allegiance to Hon. Yakubu Sanda. While the unfortunate standoff between the two factions continues, legislative business has suffered setback with untold fall out on governance in Plateau state. Many stakeholders have called for immediate resolution of the impasse. Others have condemned the way and manner in which Hon. Nuhu Ayuba was purportedly impeached. What is the effect of these on Governance? What is the effect on peaceful coexistence of residents and citizens while the stalemate lingers? What are the imperatives on the rule of law in Plateau state? is there a quick fix to this legislative stalemate? What are the legal and constitutional provisions as well as solutions to this problem? To do justice to all these, we have Barr. Samuel Dido with us in the studio
38:06
November 03, 2021
BB - Protection and inclusion of Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) - 22nd Sep. 2021
It is often said that there is Ability in Dis-Ability! Needless to point out the fact that our humanity encompasses everyone irrespective of the situation that life presents. These challenges could sometimes pose serious trials to some. Yet others have successfully overcome these encounters through resilience and innovative means. While this remains, we need to know the concerns of Persons living with disabilities in Nigeria. Poverty indicators are worrisome for the average Nigerian, the situation is more precarious for vulnerable and neglected people within communities (especially PWDs). Although accurate number of PWDs is hardly available but the World Health Organization and the World Bank indicated that about 30 Million Nigerians have one form of disability or the other. While about 63% of adults with disabilities in Nigeria are unemployed and 30% of out-of-school children are those living with disabilities (source: IFA). While anyone experience violence, discrimination, abuse or neglect, people living with disabilities are at greater risk with women and girls living with disability are at even greater risk. What are the concerns of persons living with disabilities? How can these concerns be addressed in Nigeria? how can their interest be factored into community developmental initiatives? What are the working approaches, policies, and legislations that can leveraged for the protection of persons living with disabilities?
47:39
September 22, 2021
BB - Strengthening Democratic Resilience in the face of Future crisis - 15_09_2021
September 15 is designated by the United Nations as international democracy day. The day enables member countries to evaluate existing democratic structures and dividend as well as the aspirations of citizens and global best practices. This is further anchored on SDGs 16; peace, justice and strong institutions. On this edition of Building bridges, we shall be discussing ways of strengthening democratic resilience in the face of present and future crisis with keen focus on way forward. The conversation will explore sustainable ways of consolidating democratic ideals across communities despite prevailing crisis (attacks, injustice, freedom of expression, health and security). It will also highlight the institutions meant to strengthen or consolidate democratic ideals and their performance with a view to better hold them to account in a shrinking civic space. To this end, how have we fared as a democratic country? Are democratic ideals essential part of the process of governance? What is the line between duties of government and dividends of democracy? How can we strengthen democratic ideals in the face of emerging crisis and challenges? How can we better up hold the rule of law and human right while tackling insecurity and emergency situations to reflect democratic ideals and global best practices? All these and many more will form the basis of our conversation with Mr. Shingdam Yakubu Dangkat, a Public Affairs commentator as well as Management and Leadership Consultant.
45:49
September 15, 2021
BB - Operation Rainbow Matters Arising - 8th Sept 2021
The agitation and call for local security initiatives (State and community police) to better protect lives and property within communities has birthed different security outfits across the country. Such as the neighborhood watch, Vigilante and hybrid security operations in other parts of the country where local vigilantes have been working hand in hand with the security agencies to provide relevant information and collaboration for effective provision of security of live and property. One of such security outfit on the Plateau is the Operation Rainbow. A hybrid force established in June, 2010 by the Plateau state government under the leadership of former Governor Jonah David Jang to increase the peace-building effort to help curb that of the joint tasks force (JTF), civil society’s organization (CSO’s) and non-governmental organization (NGO’s). Operation Rainbow with its neighborhood watch operatives was set to perform community policing duties in their various localities. They are expected to provide accurate and timely information on the security situation in their wards to enable proactive action by government security agencies. With the coming of the current administration, the security outfit seem to be a shadow of itself while security situation worsened by the day. Although several community dialogue efforts; state and non-state actors round table have been engaged for lasting peace by the current administration on the Plateau. This was complemented by the creation of the Plateau Peacebuilding Agency in 2016 for further community engagement on building lasting Peace. While this peacebuilding initiatives are commended, events in recent times suggests more needs to be done to better protect lives and property. Consequently, many commentators and callers on this platform have called for the full resuscitation and empowerment of operation Rainbow to meet emerging security challenges in collaboration with state security outfits on the Plateau. Recall that the Plateau State house of assembly in its august Resolution had also called on the executive arm to put words to action on the resuscitation and empowerment of Operation Rainbow. While these remain, what are the challenges facing the security outfit back? What are the hurdles and matters affecting the full operation of the security outfit? How can the outfit be better repositioned for effective protection of lives and property on the Plateau? How effective and efficient can the outfit be in delivering on its mandate as designed? These and many more will form the basis of our discussion with two experts: Dr. Obadiah Samuel and Mr. Anthony Boniface
46:16
September 08, 2021
BB - Internal security operations _ 1st September. 2021
The dynamics of security challenges bedeviling several regions, states and communities in Nigeria have had several untold negative impact on human and capital development of the country. Lives and property have been lost to this unfortunate attacks and other acts of criminality perpetuated by criminal under various guise. Available statistics from NRC shows that over 2 Million people have been internally displaced due to the prevailing insecurity across the country. While it remains the constitutional mandate and prerogative of the government to provide security, citizens have consistently lamented the worsening security across the country despite the various internal security arrangements put in place by the government. The Nigerian police seems overwhelmed leading to increased agitation for community policing but in return, the conversation seems to be diffused towards state police to effectively protect lives and property. The military have been involved in several internal security operations to complement effort of the Nigerian police force. While this is commendable, we need to discuss the various operations of the Armed forces along the lines of their operational codes, rules of engagement, global best practices in terms of human rights, civil-military relationship and collaboration with CSOs. This and many more will form the crux of our discussion with Mr. Kabiru Sabo, Miss. Lois Nanle and Mrs.  Victoria Hagalstine.
43:35
September 01, 2021
BB - Counting the Cost Prt.2 _ 25TH AUG. 2021
TEKAN Peace Desk - We are live on Building Bridges on JayFm Live with Dr. Prince Charles Dickson as we count the cost of communal crises on Jos and environs. (II) ♨What is your view on the economic and social setback on the state due to the periodic crisis and attacks?   ♨What is the effect on education, development, and social cohesion?  ♨How has the crisis affected you as a person and how are you coping? ♨What is the way forward despite the unceasing dialogue and peacebuilding initiatives?  Join the conversation! Share your thoughts!  #WeJosWantPeace! #PrayForPlateau 
47:00
August 25, 2021
BB - Counting the Cost Prt.1 _18TH AUG. 2021
We are live on Building Bridges on JayFM 101.9 by 11 am - 11:45 am as we count the cost of communal crises on Jos and environs. What is your view on the economic and social setback on the state due to the periodic crisis and attacks? What is the effect on education, development, and social cohesion? How has the crisis affected you as a person and how are you coping? What is the way forward despite the unceasing dialogue and peacebuilding initiatives? \nJoin the conversation! Share your thoughts! #WeJosWantPeace! #PrayForPlateau"
45:37
August 18, 2021
BB - Transforming food systems Youth Innovations for human and planetary health_ 11.08.2021
The youth represent a significant segment of Nigeria’s population. The powers of the youth and access to major resources and platforms have been undermined in several ways. The international Youth day specifies a day where the needs, aspirations and contribution of the youth are critically assessed with a view to providing meaningful solutions and way forward on emerging issues affecting the youth. This Year’s theme; Transforming food systems: Youth innovations for human and planetary health Focuses on the highlighting efforts by youths at improving food systems through various innovative approaches that are human friendly. The world population is growing population in Nigeria and Globally calls for increased food production which also needs improved youth driven innovative approaches. However, this key segment of the population faces various challenges while trying to engage their creative drive to solve these problem. On this edition of Building bridges, we shall be highlighting the need for youth to make informed decisions on food choices through increasing agricultural enlightenment and approaches that promote community and individual well-being as well as sustainable options human. What are the available food systems across communities and what are the effort to transform these systems? Are there youth innovative approaches to transforming these identified food systems? How sustainable are they in the face of increasing insecurity across farming communities? We shall be having this very important conversation with three versatile youth advocates and enthusiasts across various areas of social endeavor. We have with us; Mr. Dakadieng Ayuba, Mr. Samuel Idawko and Mr. Panshak Wesley.
55:13
August 11, 2021
BB - Discussions with the Irigwe Youth Leadership State of Security in the Irigwe land - 4th August. 2021
The attacks in Irigwe Land calls for concern from all well meaning Nigerians as they seem to be unabetting.  Join us on our flagship Peace Advocacy program on #BuildingBridges on JayFm Live by 11am as we discuss events and efforts to ignite dialogue for peaceful coexistence in Irigwe Land.  We shall be discussing with Key stakeholders from National Association of Irigwe Youth Council;  ♨What is the state of affairs after the gruesome attacks few days back?  ♨ what are the peace initiatives being ignited to calm frayed nerves?  ♨How can we avoid the occurrence of such sad occurrence in Irigwe Land and plateau state by extension?  ♨What is the way forward?  ♨What are the burning questions you want to ask the Irigwe Youth Council and what solutions do you want to propose to the issues on ground?  #nonviolence  Join us, share your thoughts, comments, and questions with us! Let's talk peace!
42:58
August 04, 2021
BB - Awareness and Sensitization on the ongoing Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) Part – I – 28th July, 2021
The beauty of democracy lies in a consistent and credible electoral process where the wishes and aspirations of the majority reigns. There are series of activities before the main elections which requires participation of citizens as much as the elections itself. Part of these activities include Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) to update the voters’ register and other emerging issues that require attention. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier announced commencement of the Continuous Voters’ Registration across the federation. In a bid to make the process easier, more accessible and user friendly for new and old registrations, the commission had launched a portal which allows a two-step registration process in which first prospective registrants login to pre-register by providing their biodata and some biometrics and second to complete the registration by physically presenting themselves at a designated registration center of their choice. The Commission’s Chairman – Prof. Mahmood Yakubu was quoted to have said, “the online innovation was one of the Commission’s innovation to enhance voter experience by making the registration exercise faster, easier, and less crowded than before. Given the lingering COVID-19 situation, the new registration solution will help decongest registration centers, reduce delays, and allow prospective registrants to schedule appointments and monitor their applications from the comfort of their homes.” The online registration started on 28th June, 2021 while the physical part of the registration started on 26th July, 2021 across various INEC LGA offices and designated centers. Few days into the physical registration process, various registration centers have witnessed increasing turn out of prospective registrants for the physical capture and other related matters covered by the CVR exercise. On this edition of the programme, we shall be raising awareness on the conducts of the process and issues arising from the various centers as witnessed by prospective registrants. This is with a view to providing relevant updates and information to citizens who wish to participate in the process as a means to strengthening political participation as well as the electoral process (rights to vote) for better outcomes in subsequent election. To do justice to this, we have with us in the studio Mr. Sylvanus Yepe (Head of Voter Education and Publicity – INEC Plateau State) and Engr. Wakili Tol (Head of ICT department INEC Plateau State) Here's the link for new registration https://cvr.inecnigeria.org/Home/start
43:27
July 28, 2021
BB – SELECTION PROCESSES IN LEADERSHIP Internal democratic practices _ 21th July prt 2. 2021
Political parties are the expression of political pluralism; they contribute to the formation and expression of the will of the people and are a fundamental instrument for political participation. Their creation and the exercise of their activities are free in so far as they respect the Constitution and the law. Their internal structure and operation must be democratic.” olitical parties are the expression of political pluralism; they contribute to the formation and expression of the will of the people and are a fundamental instrument for political participation. Their creation and the exercise of their activities are free in so far as they respect the Constitution and the law. Their internal structure and operation must be democratic.”olitical parties are the expression of political pluralism; they contribute to the formation and expression of the will of the people and are a fundamental instrument for political participation. Their creation and the exercise of their activities are free in so far as they respect the Constitution and the law. Their internal structure and operation must be democratic.” Internal democracy in political parties, also known as intra-party democracy, refers to the level and methods of including party members in the decision making and deliberation within the party structure. Intra-party democracy is usually known to nurture citizens’ political competencies and/or producing more capable representatives which in turn ensures that the party produces better policies and political programmes. Although the view that “parties should practice what they preach” is commonly shared, there are also skeptics who might argue that too much democratization may hinder parties to keep their electoral promises and also dilute the power of a party’s inner leadership. There is no gain saying that political parties in Nigeria have no concrete ideologies for internal democracy hence they reflection is mirrored at a national scale of administration. The recent cross movement of politician from other parties to the ruling party is a thing of concern. On this program we are examining the selection processes of political parties with the aim educating our audience on the practices, failings and possible solutions to our selection process in our political parties. How can the people be part of these process and also take part for sake of transparency?  In another development there have been concerns on the rising cost of commodities and services in the country. This is connected to the high rate of inflation and poor monetary policies by the countries leadership. The prices of commodities have doubled in the market. This will form part of our concerns on the Public in Corner (PIC).
47:36
July 21, 2021
BB – SELECTION PROCESSES IN LEADERSHIP Internal democratic practices _ 14th July. 2021
Political parties are the expression of political pluralism; they contribute to the formation and expression of the will of the people and are a fundamental instrument for political participation. Their creation and the exercise of their activities are free in so far as they respect the Constitution and the law. Their internal structure and operation must be democratic.” Internal democracy in political parties, also known as intra-party democracy, refers to the level and methods of including party members in the decision making and deliberation within the party structure. Intra-party democracy is usually known to nurture citizens’ political competencies and/or producing more capable representatives which in turn ensures that the party produces better policies and political programmes. Although the view that “parties should practice what they preach” is commonly shared, there are also skeptics who might argue that too much democratization may hinder parties to keep their electoral promises and also dilute the power of a party’s inner leadership. There is no gain saying that political parties in Nigeria have no concrete ideologies for internal democracy hence they reflection is mirrored at a national scale of administration. The recent cross movement of politician from other parties to the ruling party is a thing of concern. On this program we are examining the selection processes of political parties with the aim educating our audience on the practices, failings and possible solutions to our selection process in our political parties. How can the people be part of these process and also take part for sake of transparency? In another development there have been concerns on the rising cost of commodities and services in the country. This is connected to the high rate of inflation and poor monetary policies by the countries leadership. The prices of commodities have doubled in the market. This will form part of our concerns on the Public in Corner (PIC).
43:36
July 14, 2021
BB - Electoral Reforms (2) - 30th June. 2021
At has been on the line of discussion in and out that our electoral processes have to go through some re-digging and reformations and yes, our conversations has been about ELECTORAL REFORMS. We discussed this last week with Mr. Santos Ayuba and couldn’t come to a satiable stop so we have him again on this same topic. Sit back and listen. Remember to #getIinvolved.
43:39
June 30, 2021
BB – Electoral Reforms (1) - 23rd June. 2021
On this edition of Building Bridges we have Mr. Santus Ayuba Larap a public analysis to discuss with us on ELECTORAL REFORMS. Kindly listen attentively and do not forget to #getInvloved
42:42
June 23, 2021
BB - Human Right_Right to freedom of speech and right to freedom of expression_Prt 2 _ 16th June. 2021
Can you expect a good democracy or government without allowing people to air out their views and say what they want to say? Listen to the second part of the discussion tagged “Human Right – Right to freedom of speech and right to freedom of expression” with Mr. Godfrey Mathew #BuildingBridges #tekanPD #TPD
47:16
June 16, 2021
BB - Human Right_Right to freedom of speech & right to freedom of expression_prt 1 - 9TH JUNE 2021
On the 5th of June, 2021 the federal government of Nigeria banned the use of twitter in Nigeria. It has since been a trending issue as many citizens see the action as an infringement on their freedom of speech and expression. Others lament the lost the action will cause to their process of employment, business and many other activities hinged on twitter. In this episode, we shall be discussing Human Right – Limitations, possibilities and boundaries. We shall base this discussion on the human right to speech and freedom of expression. Journey with us as we look into the first part of this fascinating topic.
46:42
June 09, 2021
BB - Experiences for safer schools in the midst of growing insecurity - 28th April. 2021
After the Chibok schoolgirls abduction in 2014, the Federal Government launched the safer school’s initiative to better protect students in school. Despite this laudable achievement, several students have been kidnapped from schools ever since. Many have wondered why the problem persist and why would students be the prime targets. This heightened doubts about the feasibility of the initiative coupled with several allegations that have been made about the management of funds earmarked for the initiative. The safer school initiative had Borno, Adamawa and Yobe as pilot states because of their peculiar security challenges and experiences. Years after, other states such as Kaduna, Niger and Zamfara have had their fair share of insecurity leading to the kidnap of students from schools while Plateau State have also had record of security breach within school community with various sad stories. On this edition of the programme, we shall be gleaning on basic learnings from the safe school initiative that private and community schools can adapt to ensure that schools are kept in the face of increasing insecurity across the country. The initiative has the following practical steps to keep students safe in school; A. School-based interventions B. Community interventions to protect schools; and C. Special measures for at-risk populations. This comes with various effects on education across volatile communities. Consequently, available statistics indicate, nearly 6.3 million or 60% of the 10.5 million Nigerian out of school children live in northern Nigeria where kidnap of students from schools has been more prevalent over the years. There are also huge geographical disparities between the percentage of out of school children in the Northeast, which is 30 times greater than the percentage in the Southeast and 60% of these are girls from Northern Nigeria. In view of all these, what is the impact on education in Northern Nigeria? what is the effect on the turnout of students across volatile areas? What are the likely school based interventions that can be applied to ensure students are kept safe while in school? What are some likely community interventions that can help protect school children? What are the uncertainties of school proprietors and parents / Guardians in this challenging times? What is the way forward? What lessons can be learnt and adapted by school in Jos and environs from these experiences? All these and many more will form the basis of our discussion on today’s edition of Building Bridges.
46:21
April 28, 2021
BB - Reducing Poverty for Sustainable Community Development and Growth
Poverty has various dimensions and impact on development and our community. This affect the community in many ways among which include, increase in crime rate, insecurity, youth restiveness among numerous ills that bedevil communal unity and development. While the fact remains that a key part of government roles and responsibility in any context is job creation, economic stabilization and other employment stimulating factors whereby citizens can latch on to improve their lives and livelihood. The United Nations in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pegged reduction of extreme poverty by 2030 as its number one goal. While the goal seems ambitious, many have doubted its feasibility. Consequently, 9 years to Vision 2030, the poverty rate in Nigeria keeps increasing with its attendant negative consequences across communities. The Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) captured Human Development Dimensions of poverty in Nigeria to include; Health, Education, Housing conditions among others. Some recent statistics have designated Nigeria as “poverty capital” of the world while the government have refuted this on many grounds. Statistics from Nigerian Bureau of Statistics (NBS) states that 40.1% of Nigerians live below the poverty line of 1 dollar per day. This means that over 82.9 Nigerians are considered poor by national standards. This is tied to related factors such as surging population, Education level and economic condition among others. While these may seem to be figures or percentages, how do they define/affect the ordinary Nigerian? What are the effects of poverty on our communities? What are the Metrics for determining poverty level? How reliable are these metrics vs. the realities across communities? How effective are poverty alleviation programmes of the government? what has been the effect of these poverty alleviation programmes and policies on human development across communities? what are the setbacks and way forward? These will form the basis of our discussion with Mr. Ben Chikan, a Development practitioner as well as social and economic justice advocate today.
44:45
April 21, 2021
Advancing Human Rights of Citizens through Community Advocacy
Human Right as enshrined in the constitution stipulates the right of everyone to basics of existence as human. It is universal and must be respected by all for mutual coexistence. Human Rights stipulates the minimum standards for human behavior which are guaranteed by local and international laws. The international Bill of Rights outlines basic Human rights to include; The right to equality and freedom of discrimination, the right to life, liberty, and personal security, Freedom from torture and degrading treatment, the right to fair trial, the right privacy, freedom of belief and religion and freedom of opinion among others. The Human Rights Commission exist to ensure that minimum global standards are met in terms of protecting the rights of citizens. However, the recently released 2020 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices in Nigeria by the US Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour observed Significant human rights abuses in Nigeria to include: unlawful and arbitrary killings by both government and non-state actors; forced disappearances by the government, terrorists, and criminal groups; torture and cases of cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment by the government and terrorist groups; harsh and life-threatening prison conditions; arbitrary detention by government and non-state actors; political prisoners; serious problems with the independence of the judiciary; arbitrary or unlawful interference with privacy; serious abuses in an internal conflict, including killing and torture of civilians; serious restrictions on free expression, the press, and the internet, including the existence of criminal libel laws; substantial interference with the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association, severe restrictions on religious freedom; serious acts of corruption among others. Several stakeholders had spoked out against existing Human rights abuses in Nigeria. But the government had in its usual manner downplayed such allegations. In view of all these, what is the impact of these rights abuses on freedom of expression by citizens? How does it affect community advocacy for development? How can CSOs and FBOs be strengthened to promote and protect the rights of citizens from being trampled by state and non-state actors alike? How can citizens be better enlightened about their Fundamental rights? How can citizens be advocates of Human rights as we seek to unite our communities for Peace and security? How can existing platforms for protecting the rights of citizens be leveraged? All these and many more will form the basis of our discussion on this edition of Building Bridges as we highlight issues from relevant sections of the 2020 Country Report on Human Right Practices in Nigeria with Barr. Matthew Bala.
44:12
April 07, 2021
Gender in Community Development
Globally women participation in community development has been generally less than encouraging despite their numerical strength. The importance of gender in community development has been a neglected issue. The situation has grown so worst that it has generated both national and international recognition. Women are at the center of development nexus, in most communities, women have a pivotal role in economic development and in challenging poverty. They perform many of the agricultural tasks and raise small livestock, provide firewood and water, generate substantial income for the family budget from sale of handicrafts, a variety of grown and wild foods, firewood and other products, and care for their children and homesteads. To accomplish their tasks, women are, formally or informally, resource managers. They must be fully involved in the decision-making process regarding community development. There are various barriers to women participation in community development to include cultural practices, low level of women education and poverty. How can gender contribute to best for development to ensure a better living in the community? Tell us your thoughts and feelings about gender in community development. These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
50:55
April 05, 2021
Community Advocacy for Development 11
Community advocates are those individuals that have an interest in the development and redevelopment of a community. The local community advocates are resident living in the community and are concerned about the welfare of the community. These individuals are not only concerned, they are active. As a matter of fact, some professionals call them community activist. They know where the problems areas are and have a good understanding of the improvement activities that are needed. The most important thing is that it does not matter what is done to advocate for change just as long as people take some actions that helps to achieve the change How can a community best demand for development to ensure a better living for citizens? Tell us your thoughts and feelings about community development. These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
46:11
April 05, 2021
BB - Identifying and strengthening Community Structure for Peace and Security (II)
On the last edition of the program, we had an engaging conversation where we identified various community structures that can help strengthen peace and security in communities. This is in view of current security challenges facing many communities. Among structures identified, Communication and local security networks stood out. These structures were said to be the main need of various communities thereby leading to many avoidable acts of crimes. Similarly, callers also identified the need for building the capacity of local residents to better safeguard their communities. The major purpose of any political authority / Government is to preserve the life and property of the citizenry who granted it the authority by surrendering their natural freedoms. The failings of government in this regard has been alarming with the National security adviser – Bagana Monguno being quoted as saying that alleged sponsors of criminality are working with persons in “critical agencies of agencies of government” to frustrate the efforts to secure the country. Prevailing conversations have also birthed the demand for state police to better safeguard the security of lives and property across communities. However, this agitation has been downplayed by the government on various grounds. Although, section 214(1) of the 1999 constitution states that “There shall be a Police Force in Nigeria, which shall be known as the Nigerian Police Force, and subject to the provisions of this section, no other Police Force shall be established for the federation or any part thereof.” But the same Constitution guarantees in sections 33 – 35 the right to life, dignity of the human person and personal liberty. In this vein, what is the role of community members in safeguarding their communities? How can citizens build capacity for this? What is the role of relevant Community stakeholders in safeguarding our communities? This and many more will form the basis of our discussion with Mr. Obadiah Samuel and Mr. Godwin as guests
44:38
March 31, 2021
BB - Identifying and strengthening Community Structure for Peace and Security (I)
Rising insecurity has been a very big challenge across communities especially in the Middle Belt Area of Nigeria. This problem has taken various dimensions ranging from insurgency, Banditry, Kidnapping, armed robbery among other prevalent acts of criminality within the region and country at large. Many communities / Villages have been ransacked and scores have lost their lives and property. Several stakeholders and socio-cultural groups have expressed dissatisfaction at the manner and seriousness with which the government is handling these emerging challenges of insecurity across communities. while others, have also expressed dismay over the country’s security architecture to handle the matter. These conversations have also birthed the demand for state police to better safeguard the security of lives and property across communities. However, this agitation has been downplayed by the government on various grounds. Although, section 214(1) of the 1999 constitution states that “There shall be a Police Force in Nigeria, which shall be known as the Nigerian Police Force, and subject to the provisions of this section, no other Police Force shall be established for the federation or any part thereof.” But the same Constitution guarantees in sections 33 – 35 the right to life, dignity of the human person and personal liberty. What happens when communities remain vulnerable to attacks with little or no support from the those saddled with the responsibility of protecting them? The right to life, dignity of human person and personal liberty are inalienable and every Nigerian citizen or community has a right to do all that is within their powers (without violating the right of other persons or other communities or breaking any law) to protect these rights. What can be done when the failings of Government in this role become persistent? What can residents do to safeguard their communities in the face of rising crimes and criminality? Are there structures in the community that can be leveraged for this purpose? What are these structures? How can these structures be strengthened in the face of continuous provocative attacks? All these will form the basis of our discussion on this edition of building bridges with Mr. Obadiah Samuel and Mr. Godwin as guests.
45:58
March 24, 2021
VALUING WATER
22nd March, the world water day is celebrated, the world water day celebrates water and raises awareness of the global water crisis, and a core focus of the observance is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. The theme of world water day 2021 is valuing water; the value water is about much more than its price, water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource. SDG 6 is to ensure water and sanitation for all, without a comprehensive understanding of water’s true, multi-dimensional value, we will be unable to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone. World water day is about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource. By celebrating all the different ways water benefits our lives, we can value water properly and safeguard it effectively for everyone. How can we best value water and safe guard water resource to ensure a better living for citizens? Tell us your stories, thoughts and feelings about water.
48:03
March 23, 2021
Gender issues: Focus on VVF and discrimination against victims
Nigeria has the highest prevalence of Vesico-Vaginal Fistula (VVF) in the world; with between 400,000 and 800,000women living with the problem and about 20,000 new cases occurring annually, 90% of the cases go untreated. Vesico-vaginal fistula is a direct communication between the bladder and vagina resulting in leakage of urine into the vagina. This is a major gynecological problem in the country. It also occurs when the blood supply to the tissues of the vagina and bladder is restricted during prolonged obstructed labour, the tissues die between these organs, forming holes through which urine can pass uncontrollably. In most societies of third world, women are often seen as a vulnerable gender group, however, the attendant devastating and humiliating effects of all health for example VVF further makes them more vulnerable in these societies, thus exposing their emotional instability. These women often see themselves as being different from other women in several areas, in spite of the fact that their sexual freedom has already been curtailed, they find it difficult to enjoy their sexuality, other infectious diseases may also arise, and they age more easily and quickly than their contemporaries who have not had their womanhood curtailed. This disrepairable and demoralizing condition thus destroys the psychological well being of the victims, when someone loses confidence in enjoying a quality life; she often lives a miserable life throughout her life. This condition is typical of a Nigerian who is a victim of VVF In most Nigerian communities, affected women are ostracized from their local community, divorced, abandoned and remain childless, thereby infringing on their dignity. How can we best curb this issue to ensure a better living for citizens? These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
45:08
March 16, 2021
Restructuring: Matters Arising
Listen to the open mic session where we featured the opinions and thoughts of the general public on th concept of restructuring and its fundamentals. Listen and form your opinion. Join the conversation on our social media handles; www.Twitter.com/@TEKANPeaceDesk and www.Facebook.com/@TEKANPeaceDesk We will be glad to have you share your thoughts!
46:00
March 10, 2021
Imperatives of Nation Building for Sustainable Peace and Development (II)
Listen to the concluding part of the discussion on the essentials of Nation Building for Sustainable Peace and Development. We discussed with Dr. Prince Charles Dickson and Mr. Ret John Ret as guests. Happy listening!
46:27
March 10, 2021
Imperatives of Nation Building for Sustainable Peace and Development (I)
Listen to the first part of the discussion on the essentials of Nation Building with Dr. Prince Charles Dickson as our guest. Enjoy the episode!
43:43
March 10, 2021
Issues on environmental sanitation: Lassa fever
Environmental issues boarders on poor hygiene and poor housing, urban dwellers in some cities of Nigeria are not left out. Most of the streets walk ways have been converted to domestic waste dump sites by the inhabitants of the area on a daily bases. The culture of proper waste disposal among the urban dwellers is far from expectations, even when government and agencies responsible for disposal and management of waste made provisions for waste disposal points, the residents do not adhere to rules and regulations because they are used to the habit of dumping their waste indiscriminately. Improper waste disposal habits starts from homes, waste are disposed around the living homes, some baggage their waste and allow them to stay for days before disposing off. When waste that is meant to be disposed off immediately after generating, are left undisposed, the tendency for it to get rotten and smell is possible. Rodents are thereby welcomed to feast on the waste, and live around home the environment. When rodents are living around the home environment, they not only feast on waste, but on anything they can easily bite and chew including food stuff which they also defecate on, and in the process transmit causative organism of Lassa fever to human beings who consume the virus infected food. According to United Nations Human settlement Programme, improper waste disposal results in breeding places for vectors of disease, while poor levels of housing offer easy access to rodent , which is more in urban area, they further emphasis that this result in significant spread of communicable diseases or new syndromes, thus, adding to the local disease burden. However, for safety of human lives in the environment, a rethink on how to properly disposed waste generated in homes and our surrounding generally is inevitable. People need to be educated on proper waste disposal habit and also on how to manage wastes for the prevention of epidemic disease such as Lassa fever, as well as for a safe and healthy environment. These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
48:60
March 09, 2021
Environmental sanitation
Environmental sanitation has become a prominent issue in Nigeria. Countless sanitation edicts have been promulgated by state governments. Many of these edicts have at least temporarily had considerable impact on the lives of citizens in the major cities. The state’s preoccupation with sanitation reached a peak in 1985 during the latter months of the Buhari regime, and Environmental Sanitation was chosen as the theme for the fifth phase of the War Against Indiscipline (WAI), announcing a one million naira prize award for the cleanest capital. Frenzied sanitary activity ensued in all the state capitals, state sanitation task forces were organized, additional sanitation workers were hired to remove rubbish, many permanent piles of rubbish disappeared and drains which had been clogged for years were open. Plateau State Governor, on the 29th August, 2020. Directed the immediate resuscitation of the monthly environmental sanitation to keep Jos and environs clean. However, the increasing rate of nonchalance towards sanitation in homes, and communities is deplorable, therefore, It is safe to assert that some communities in the Jos Metropolis and Environment are dirty due to open dumping of solid waste, sewage disposal and clogged drainages, these also makes it possible for many potential vectors breed, eye-sore to public, odor in the immediate environment and environment degradation. Several communities are faced with various challenges like clogged drainage, rubbish piles, and so on. How can we best curb these issues to better the lives of citizens? These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
53:26
March 09, 2021
Open defecation
Open defecation, according to Wikipedia, is the human practice of defecating outside (in the open environment) rather than into a toilet. In carrying out this practice, people may make use of fields, bushes, forests, ditches, streets, canals, and perhaps, worse still, rivers, streams or other water sources. Nigeria is among the nations in the world with the highest number of people practicing Open Defecation, estimated at over 46 million people. The practice has had negative effect on the populace, especially children, in the areas of health and education and had contributed to the country’s failure to meet the MDG target. The government has tried several strategies to address this problem. In 2008 it adopted an intervention called “Community Led Total Sanitation”. This is a community level intervention aimed at reducing open defecation and improving toilet coverage. It draws in community leaders and ordinary residents so they can understand the risks associated with open defecation. By 2014 the intervention was deployed in all 36 Nigerian states, covering around 16% of the country’s 123,000 communities, More often than not, people engage in open defecation either because they do not have a toilet readily accessible or due to traditional cultural practices, interestingly, this practice is not limited to inhabitants of rural, underdeveloped areas alone. Several communities are living with many risk of open defecation, like water borne diseases, preventable deaths, and hamper education and economic growth, and also infringes on people’s privacy and dignity. How can we best curb this issue to ensure a better living for citizens? These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square
48:56
March 01, 2021
Skills for improved Community
Women and youth have the power to transform the world when adequately empowered, they have the power to create a better world for all, yet this embedded power is often viewed as a threat, and so they are silenced, ignored and undervalued, leaving them without basic resources like sustainable income and that puts them at the edge. The world is becoming more complex and there is a sense of urgency to do more to save lives and repair communities destroyed by religious conflict and abject poverty. Since 2015, TEKAN Peace Desk has trained over 100 women and youth who are marginalized, to learn the skills they need to build their lives, families and communities, with a vision to create better communities in which women and youth can live their lives and reach their full potentials. TEKAN Peace Desk took the initiative to enable women and youth through the Strengthen and Transforming Attitudes of Resilience in Entrepreneur (STAR-E) program, which first, fosters peace and, secondly empowers and promote their economic and social lives. The women and youth enrolled in these program breaks the barriers of religious beliefs by joining others of different faith, together they learn practical skills like Catering, cosmetology, hair dressing, tailoring or makeup, depending on their choice, they learn how to run a business while saving money, they gain valuable knowledge about religious tolerance and learn to coexist regardless of religion, and hence, prevent religious violence. Women and youth pass on their knowledge to their children, friends and neighbors, creating a ripple effect for generations. By investing in this sect (women and youth), TEKAN Peace Desk is creating a better community, transcending to a better state, nation and world for all, peacefully and prosperously. Several communities are faced with various challenges like unemployment, theft, and drugs abuse, this is due to idleness. How can we best curb these issues to better the lives of citizens? These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
45:26
February 23, 2021
Strengthening Restorative Justice amidst continuous attacks in Communities
Over the years there has been countless attacks across farming communities in the Middle belt region of the country and Plateau State in Particular. Much has been said about these attacks and way forward but little has been done or said about the plight of the victims and survivors of these attacks. Focusing on their plight will require getting justice for them through legitimate means among other interventions to provide support and closure for healing as survivors seek restoration to continue their lives. Consequently, Justice exists in three folds; Justice for the Victim, Justice for the Offender as well as Justice for the State. The offenders are tagged assailants and most of them have not been apprehended nor brought to justice. While the government seems to be How have we fared in terms of getting justice for victims and survivors of these violent attacks? This is in view of the continuous attacks that have been recorded across these communities despite various pledges by the government that perpetrators will be brought to book. How do we ensure there is justice for victims and survivors? How can we also ensure that this justice is restorative? And how can we strengthen Restorative Justice mechanisms across communities affected by the violent attacks despite the continuous attacks and hostilities. All these will form the basis of our discussion on this edition of Building Bridges with Mr. John Danboyi (Coordinator, Peace Training Center - Jos) and Comr. Ezekiel Bini (National President, Irigwe Youth Movement) as guests.
46:32
February 17, 2021
Consolidating The Gains of Peacebuilding Initiatives in Communities (II)
Peace enhances development in communities leading to the transformation of people, societies, and humanity. There is no meaningful progress that can take place without peace in the community. Therefore, it requires a concerted effort by all stakeholders within the community to maintain cohesion and trust. These initiatives have various dimensions and outcomes which are tilted towards one goal – Peace. Consequently, various communities within the Jos-Bukuru metropolis are experiencing relative peace owing to the peacebuilding initiatives by the Government, security agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), community groups, and other interest groups. These initiatives have recorded various successes in terms of community cohesion and building bridges of love across religious and tribal divides. As the various communities settle down to the “new normal” there are other emerging challenges that may seek to threaten the harmonious coexistence of residents such as issues of insecurity, social vices (such as cultism), armed robbery, and kidnapping which gradually erodes trust. This calls for the consolidation of existing peace initiatives in communities. Community members need to own the peace process for a lasting impact. Many factors affect this process such as increasing level of poverty, population growth, increasing inequality, injustice, unemployment, increasing number of out-of-school children among other factors. This poses a lot of threats to the peace process across our communities. Globally, available statistics show that 30,000 children die because they are too poor to survive, last year saw seventeen major armed conflicts in sixteen locations spanning across Africa and beyond. Over the next four decades, the population of developing countries will swell to nearly 8 billion- representing 86% of humanity. In the light of all these, how can we deepen existing peacebuilding initiatives to tackle emerging social issues? how can we ensure that these peacebuilding initiatives go beyond mere activities and rhetoric to real positive results with sustained impact? And importantly how can we ensure that these initiatives are owned by community members for sustainability? All these will form the basis of our discussion on this edition with Mr. Kwaltamai Adamu and Mrs. Ayuku Nenrot as guests. Enjoy listening.
45:32
February 15, 2021
Consolidating The gains of Peacebuilding Initiatives in Communities (I)
Peace enhances development in communities leading to the transformation of people, societies and humanity. There is no meaningful progress that can take place without peace in the community. Therefore, it requires concerted effort by all stakeholders within the community to maintain cohesion and trust. These initiatives have various dimensions and outcomes which are tilted towards one goal – Peace. Consequently, various communities within Jos-Bukuru metropolis are experiencing relative peace owing to the peacebuilding initiatives by the Government, security agencies, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBOs), community groups and other interest groups. These initiatives have recorded various successes in terms of community cohesion and building bridges of love across religious and tribal divides. As the various communities settle down to the “new normal” there are other emerging challenges that may seek to threaten the harmonious coexistence of residents such as issues of insecurity, social vices (such as cultism), armed robbery and kidnapping which gradually erodes trust. This calls for the consolidation of existing peace initiatives in communities. It is important for community members to own the peace process for a lasting impact. Many factors affect this process such as increasing level of poverty, population growth, increasing inequality, injustice, unemployment, increasing number of out of school children among other factors. This poses a lot of threat to the peace process across our communities. Globally, available statistics shows that 30,000 children die because they are too poor to survive, last year saw seventeen major armed conflicts in sixteen locations spanning across Africa and beyond. Over the next four decades, the population of developing countries will swell to nearly 8 billion- representing 86% of humanity. In the light of all these, how can we deepen existing peacebuilding initiatives to tackle emerging social issues? how can we ensure that these peacebuilding initiatives go beyond mere activities and rhetoric to real positive results with sustained impact? And importantly how can we ensure that these initiatives are owned by community member for sustainability? All these will form the basis of our discussion on this edition with Mr. Salis Muhammed and Mr. Kwaltamai Adamu as guests.
46:11
February 15, 2021
Primary Health Care in the Community
The concept of Primary Health Care (PHC) was formulated by the 134 countries that met at the Alma-Ata Conference in Russia on September 12, 1978 which was organized by the World Health Organization. Primary Health Care is a part of the three-tier system of health care in Nigeria; these are the Tertiary health care which the Federal Government is in charge, 1 per state, making it 36 hospitals, the Secondary health care, under the state government, 1 per LGA, giving a minimum of 774 General Hospitals and the Primary health care, controlled by the local government, 1 per ward, with an average of 10 wards per LGA, a total of 7,740 will be expected. Primary Health Care is the first point of contact within the health care system. It is the level at which short-term, uncomplicated health issues should be resolved, it is also the level at which health promotion and education efforts are undertaken, and where patients in need of more specialized services are connected with secondary care. Nigeria has a relative abundance of Primary Health Care centers, reasonable geographic access to the PHC centers, and relatively high health worker density, however, the performance of the PHC system is hindered by 1. Segment supply chains 2. A lack of financial access to PHC 3. A lack of infrastructure, drugs, equipment and vaccines at the facility level, and 4. Poor health worker performance. Several communities are faced with various challenges in accessing quality health care. What are the prevailing challenges of Primary Health Care, and how can we curb these issues to better the lives of citizens? These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
45:26
February 02, 2021
Primary Health Care in the community
The concept of Primary Health Care (PHC) was formulated by the 134 countries that met at the Alma-Ata Conference in Russia on September 12, 1978 which was organized by the World Health Organization. Primary Health Care is a part of the three-tier system of health care in Nigeria; these are the Tertiary health care which the Federal Government is in charge, 1 per state, making it 36 hospitals, the Secondary health care, under the state government, 1 per LGA, giving a minimum of 774 General Hospitals and the Primary health care, controlled by the local government, 1 per ward, with an average of 10 wards per LGA, a total of 7,740 will be expected. Primary Health Care is the first point of contact within the health care system. It is the level at which short-term, uncomplicated health issues should be resolved, it is also the level at which health promotion and education efforts are undertaken, and where patients in need of more specialized services are connected with secondary care. Nigeria has a relative abundance of Primary Health Care centers, reasonable geographic access to the PHC centers, and relatively high health worker density, however, the performance of the PHC system is hindered by 1. Segment supply chains 2. A lack of financial access to PHC 3. A lack of infrastructure, drugs, equipment and vaccines at the facility level, and 4. Poor health worker performance. Several communities are faced with various challenges in accessing quality health care. What are the prevailing challenges of Primary Health Care, and how can we curb these issues to better the lives of citizens? These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
51:16
February 02, 2021
Water availability and its importance to livelihood
Nigeria, like most developing countries, have poor access to portable and safe drinking water, this is a common problem. Indeed many lives are lost annually to water-borne diseases arising from unmitigated poor access to safe drinking water. Sources have it that one state in Nigeria is heavily infested with 2,647 cases of guinea worm and yet another state with 1,843 cases. Statistics show that 36% of urban dweller and 61% of rural dwellers are totally un served safe water. Access to potable water is perceived as the greatest problem to 28% of household and 24% of communities. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 which specifically focuses on provision of clean water and sanitation by the year 2030. Water as an essential commodity for every home and every human endeavor is therefore expected to be affordable; water should be a right to be demanded from government by citizens. However, several communities in Jos and environs are faced with difficulty in accessing safe and quality water supply immediately the rains are over. Is there access to safe and quality water in your community? What are the prevailing challenges and how can we better curb demands for as citizens? These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
44:53
January 26, 2021
Water availability and its importance to livelihood
Nigeria, like most developing countries, have poor access to portable and safe drinking water, this is a common problem. Indeed many lives are lost annually to water-borne diseases arising from unmitigated poor access to safe drinking water. Sources have it that one state in Nigeria is heavily infested with 2,647 cases of guinea worm and yet another state with 1,843 cases. Statistics show that 36% of urban dweller and 61% of rural dwellers are totally un served safe water. Access to potable water is perceived as the greatest problem to 28% of household and 24% of communities. The Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 which specifically focuses on provision of clean water and sanitation by the year 2030. Water as an essential commodity for every home and every human endeavor is therefore expected to be affordable; water should be a right to be demanded from government by citizens. However, several communities in Jos and environs are faced with difficulty in accessing safe and quality water supply immediately the rains are over. Is there access to safe and quality water in your community? What are the prevailing challenges and how can we better curb demands for as citizens? These will serve the bases of our discussion on this edition of village square.
44:54
January 26, 2021
COVID-19 Apathy
On March 11 2020, the World Health Organization held a media briefing to declare the COVID-19 outbreak a global Pandemic. The corona virus which was declared a pandemic brought about a change in our life style. With the cure for this virus still unknown, our safety as a people is tied to our level of compliance to safety protocols as provided by medical experts globally. On the flip side, Nigerians are growing weary and are becoming more unwilling to follow preventive guidelines. Their trust in official reports and preventive guidance is on the decline as populations grow weary of the prolonged health crisis. The percentage of Nigerians that seem to take COVID-19 serious is on the decline. A simple observation suggests that people are no longer scared of the virus. This is evident in the way they congregate in public places, commute and interact. We now have more people becoming nonchalant about the virus; this situation is considered as COVID 19 Apathy. However, a fact remains that COVID-19 is still with us and claiming lives. The total infection rate in Nigeria as at today is recorded at … while the death rate is recorded at… This discussion is to help us understand the cause and consequences of COVID-19 Apathy.
46:53
January 19, 2021
Policies and legislations that will advance Nigeria Development in 2021 (Part 2)
On this edition of Building Bridges, we futhered the discussion on policies and legislations that will advance Nigeria in 2021. Other policies such as that of the anti-corruption has also hit the rocks. The system has loosed credibility owing to the fallouts of major strategies by the Government which has since been criticized an opposition witch-hunting exercise. On Agriculture, the country’s food production has also nosedived due to issues of Insecurity which has greatly affected farmers as well as their yields. Thereby leading to food shortages with further negatives projections in 2021. Policy on social inclusion and poverty reduction is also an avenue where the Government has performed woefully in 2020. This is owing to increased polarization of the country along ethnic, religious and social divides which has also increased agitations from various groups within the country. This is also underscored by the classification of Nigeria under countries with less religious freedom tolerance by the United States of America last year. While poverty reduction programmes such as the “Npower” and “tradermoni” has also gone the way of other policies due to its unsustainable nature. Lastly, policies on encouraging business growth, entrepreneurship and industrialization is another area that Nigerians are very much interested in for the year 2021. This is owing to the increasing difficulty in running small scale businesses. The Government’s recent directive on the linking of National Identification Number to (NIN) to Sim Cards has also been criticized for flouting COVID19 regulations as it witnessed crowds at various National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) offices nationwide. This is as other countries are battling the second wave of the pandemic. Are there no better ways of going about these issues? why does the government maintain indifference to the plight of Nigerians? How can citizens sustain their demand for improved lives and livelihood? All these and many more will form the basis of our discussion as we adjust our focus on policies that will shape 2021. We had as guest, Mr. Kabiru Sabo, Mr. Mujidang Sitdang, and Mr. Ret John Ret. We hope you enjoy listening.
44:59
January 18, 2021
Policies and Legislations that will advance Nigeria in 2021 (part 1)
Policies are strategies carefully mapped out for implementation to achieve stated objectives. Usually, these policies are situated within the ambits of existing or created piece of legislations. Critics of the Buhari-led administration have accused the administration of running with inconsistent, incoherent and unsustainable policies while others have argued the absence of well thought out plans and policies to better the lives of Nigerians as well as their means of livelihood. One of the major policy summersault is the recent border closure which has since been re-opened. Are there commensurate derivable benefits to Nigeria and Nigerians alike? Was it just an exercise in futility? Was it really meant to send the right message to our neighbors? At what cost and at whose expense? All these are pertinent questions as the policy had untold hardship on Nigerians and the economy of Nigeria as well. Recall that Nigeria slipped back into a second recession in 5 years while its borders were closed. There is no gainsaying that a one-time boisterous economy of Nigeria is now a shadow of itself as citizens buying power are greatly affected. All these and many formed the crux of discussion on this edition with Mr. Mujidang Sitdang as our guest. Enjoy listening.
43:50
January 18, 2021
Review of major events of the year 2020
The year 2020 has been an historic year in view of the various happenings with the year. There are various issues that stand out in the year. On this edition of the programme, we shall be having a review of those major events as we assess the challenges, emerging issues and way forward as the year winds down gradually. Notable among this events are of insecurity ranging from farmer-herdsmen attacks, increased kidnapping, banditry and insurgency. Other major talking points are the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, and #EndSARS protest. The various regions of the country have had its fair share of insecurity in the year 2020.The kankara school boys’ kidnappings is one among the numerous kidnappings carried out by Bandits and Boko Haram within the north eastern and north western regions of the nation. Also, while still dwelling on the events of the year, the Academic Staff Union of Universities had been on strike for a record of 9 months within the year, although, called off, but students are still uncertain as to when they will go back to school. Government announced within the year that the country had gone into a second recession within 5 years. The COVID-19 pandemic affected lives and livelihood as we lockdown and other measures to curtail the spread of the novel virus. Many hopes and desires were scuttled with the news of the identification of the first index case on 28thFeb 2020, the pandemic affected most business, communities, countries and world at large. Massive deaths have been recorded as NCDC pegged current statistics of affected person at 79,789, discharged persons at 68,879 and death rate at 1,231 so far. There’s palpable fear of a second wave of pandemic as restrictions are gradually returning. All these and many more will form the bases of our discussion today as we review major talking points within the year. Which of these issue(s) stand out for you? What are the emerging issues as the year winds down? And what are grateful to God for this year.
45:16
December 29, 2020
2020 in Retrospect: Review of Major talking points of the year
The year 2020 has been a historic year given the various happenings within the year. Various issues stand out in the year which has been our major talking points and driven our advocacy on this platform within the year. On this edition of the Building Bridges, we shall be having a review of those major talking points as we assess the challenges, emerging issues, and way forward as the year winds down gradually. Notable among these are issues of insecurity ranging from the farmer – herdsmen attacks, increased kidnappings, banditry, insurgency. Other major talking points are the issues of the Covid19 Pandemic, Good governance, #EndSARS protests. The various regions of the country have had their fair share of insecurity in the year 2020. This is with its various attendant negative impact on human and capital development as agitations for the removal of the service chiefs continues. The Kankara school boys’ kidnappings is one among numerous kidnappings carried out by Bandits and Bokoharam within the North Eastern and North Western region of the nation. Also, there was a historic #EndSARS protest led by young persons to demand good governance and the scrapping of the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). While still dwelling on the talking points of the year, the Academic Staff Union of Universities recently called its nine-month-old strike after marathon negotiations with the government. Although, the suspension is described as conditional, what do we expect in days ahead, in terms of implementation and what is the dividend of the students and infrastructure in the universities across the country? All these form the bulk of the demand for good governance by citizens as the government announced within the year that the country had gone into a second recession within 5 years. This is underscored by the increasing cost of governance or recurrent expenditure as the case may be. The Covid19 Pandemic affected lives and livelihood as we had lockdown and other measures to curtail the spread of the novel virus. Many hopes and desires were scuttled with the news of the identification of the first index case on 28th February 2020. The pandemic affected most businesses, communities, countries, and the world at large. Massive deaths have been recorded as NCDC pegged current statistics of affected persons at 79,789, discharged persons at 68,879, and death rate at 1,231 so far. There’s a palpable fear of a second wave of the pandemic as restrictions are gradually returning. All these and many more will form the basis of our discussion today as we review major talking points within the year. Which of these issue(s) stands out for you? What are the emerging issues as the year winds down? And what are you grateful to God for this year? Happy listening!
50:21
December 24, 2020
Road traffic peculiarities during the yuletide season; Useful tips
In the last edition of Building Bridges, we discussed issues surrounding the ember months. We dwelt on peculiar issues of the season with local relevance to the well-being of the general public. In this edition, we shall further our discussion by focusing on the road traffic peculiarities of the yuletide season. This period (Christmas and new year celebration) is accompanied by increased human activities leading to increased vehicular activities and travels as the case may be. This usually leads to increase in vehicular traffic across various roads and accidents. Various roads in Jos and environs are already witnessing increased vehicular traffic and accidents leading to the loss of lives in some cases. According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS, 2020), “2,080 road crashes occurred in Nigeria within the second quarter (April - June) of the year”. Speed violation accounted for 47% of reported road crashes. This is closely followed by wrongful overtaking accounting for 10% of the crashes. While a total of 855 people lost their lives in road traffic crashes within the period. It is expected that this sad development might further increase as the Christmas season sets in, if not properly checked. This calls for increased awareness for drivers and passengers alike to stay safe and travel safely during the season. Usually, increased traffic and accident are caused by Bad roads, road (un)worthiness of vehicles, drivers’ state of mind / drunk-driving, over speeding, fatigue among drivers, use of Mobile phones while driving, substance abuse among other factors hinging on lack of adherence to common road safety regulations by relevant authorities such as the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC). It is those who drive to remain alive that will ultimately remain alive to celebrate Christmas and new year. On this note, how do we ensure that drivers are conscious of the dangers of not adhering to road safety regulations this season? How do we curtail cases of reckless driving? What do you need to know as you plan to embark on that journey for the Christmas and New Year holidays? All these and many more were highlighted as the basis of discussion on this edition of Building Bridges with Route Commander Andrew Bala, Public Education Officer / PRO of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Plateau State Command.
49:11
December 24, 2020
Yuletide Season: Security and Safety Tips
Throughout Nigeria there are high levels of violent street crime including muggings, kidnappings, carjacking and armed robbery. December is traditionally a busy month for every one of us as it’s the time during which we celebrate Christmas and usher into the New Year: during this season, many of will be out for shopping, socializing, while other will travel up country and visit families and friends. While the security personnel work hard to identify criminals and deter their activities, heightened security awareness is prudent during the season, Law enforcement departments warns that crimes increase substantially by 30% during the season. Most burglaries are opportunistic and the season provides just the opportunity for them to do all sort of criminal activities. Our talking point on this edition in the square will be centered on the fact, whether you’re are prepared for the season or not, there’s something everyone should be aware of, the nitty gritty of security
52:30
December 22, 2020
Gender Issues: 16 Days of Activism in view
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off every 25th November to 10thDecember. It was started at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 243 million women and girls globally were abused by their intimate partners. Globally over a third (35%) of women has experienced physical and or sexual violence by an intimate partner or sexual violence by a non-partner at some point in their lives. Previous studies from Nigeria have shown the prevalence of violence range from 31% to 61% for psychological/emotional violence, 20% to 31% for sexual violence, and 7% to 31% physical violence. Further studies conducted in different regions in Nigeria have reported prevalence of violence ranging from 42% in the North, 29% in the South West, 78.8% South East, 41% in the South-South Gender based violence is reported to have significantly increased since the lockdown; data has general increased in GBV across all six geopolitical zones. Statistics from 24 states shows that in March, the total number of GBV incident reported were 346 while in the first part of April, incident report spiked to 794, depicting a 56% increase in two weeks. With these statistics, the indicators are clear that Gender and sexual based violence is still lurking around, although under reported. Our talking point on this edition in the square will be centered on Awareness, Cultures, Traditions, Constructs and possible solutions to issues of sexual and gender based violence.
51:59
December 15, 2020
IMPEDIMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT: FOOD INSECURITY IN NIGERIA
One of the important and crucial debates in the world today is how to provide sufficient food for over 7 billion people in the world. In 2019, 690 million people were suffering from hunger globally, while about 135 million people in 55 countries and territories were suffering from acute food insecurity with Africa accounting for 73 million of this figure. Food insecurity is one of the major challenges of most African governments occasioned by an increasing number of people living in extreme poverty, low-level of human capital and unfavorable climate change in the region. Nigeria has the highest number of people living in extreme poverty globally. The Global Food Security Index (GFSI) rank that Nigeria has been one of the countries with increasing food insecurity since 2013 while it was ranked 94thamong 113 countries in 2019. Nigeria is facing the challenge of food insecurity, especially in the Northeastern and North-Central states where Conflicts/Insurgency, Kidnapping, Arm Banditry, Cattle rustling and Weather extremes, and unfortunately the COVID-19 Pandemic are aggravating the food security situation.
48:12
December 01, 2020
BUILDING BRIDGES 25TH NOV 2020 - Good Governance..Demand for basic amenities (water)
In the last couple of weeks, we have been discussing broad issues surrounding good governance especially as it concerns us as a nation. While still focusing on the issues of good governance, today, we will be narrowing down on the demand for basic amenities Vis-à-vis Government’s willingness and otherwise in delivering its own part of on social contract for the benefit of the masses. On this edition of Building Bridges, we shall be narrowing our gaze on the provision of water as a form of basic amenity in the process of governance. This is as contained in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 which specifically focuses on provision of clean water and sanitation by the year 2030. Water is an essential commodity in every home and every human endeavor therefore it is expected that clean and affordable water should be a right to be demanded from government by citizens. Available statistics shows that Water scarcity affects more than 40% of people around the world, and that number is projected to go even higher as a result of climate change. If we continue the path we are on, by 2050 at least one in four people are likely to be affected by recurring water shortages. It is expected that Government at all levels should be able to provide citizens with safe and accessible water as part of its deliverables. However, several communities in Jos and environs are faced with difficulty in accessing safe and quality water supply especially as the harmattan season sets in. Do you think Government is doing enough in terms of providing safe and accessible water supply in Plateau State? Is there access to safe and quality water supply in your community? What are the prevailing challenges and how can we better press home our demands as citizens? All these and other pressing issues of good governance, form the basis for our discussion on this edition of Building Bridges with Mr. Nanmak Bali (Team Lead, Relief and Hope Foundation) as our guest.
45:52
November 25, 2020
Community perspective on sexual and gender base violence.
With the 16 Days Activism against Gender-Based Violence with the theme:"Orange the World" which kick starts 25 November to 10 December. There is a call on governments, CSOs, Women's organisations, Media, Public and Private sector, UN system to join forces in addressing the global pandemic of violence against gender.
52:54
November 24, 2020
Community Perspectives on Sexual and Gender Violence: Cultures, Myths, Tradition and Orientations
16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence with the global theme:”Orange the World” is an international campaign that takes place each year. It commences on 25 November, the international Day for the elimination of violence against women, to 10 December, indicating that women are the most pervasive breach of human right worldwide. The campaign is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against gender around the world. There is a call on governments, Civil Society, women’s organizations, young people, the private sector, the media and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing the global pandemic of violence against both genders. Gender based violence can manifest in different forms, and it’s important that we identify what qualifies as gender-based violence. Think of it as an act of violence that is directly related to or justified by using the gender. Gender-Based Violence can happen in the private or public sphere, in kitchens, bedrooms and streets, markets and boardrooms, or in the refugee camps. It can include street harassment, i.e. groping, whistling or unwanted attention in public spaces, marital rape and intimate partner violence. There are many forms of GBV that have been challenged as traditions in certain communities. Whether it is early marriages in certain communities, rape, trafficking of persons, sexual violence, femicide and female mutilation, honor killing as the culture may be. There is no justification for violence.
52:55
November 24, 2020
High cost of governance; cost of maintaining our public officials
On this episode of Building Bridges, we dwelt on the high cost of maintaining our public officials and means of holding them accountable. We had a thought provoking telephone conversation with Mr. Olaleye Olaniyi, a senior research analyst with Budgit Nigeria, Mr. Santos Ayuba Larab, Erudite reasearcher, historian and public affairs commentator as well as Mr. Kabiru Sabo, Programmes Manager of TEKAN Peace Desk and a public affairs commentator. There was a shocking revelation on how Nigeria moved from a 2billion Naira budget for NASS in 1999 to 128billion in the 202/21 appropriation budget without a commensurate increase in the minimum wage. This comes a suffocating impact on other developmental ventures with direct bearing on the lives of citizens and the economic viability of the nation. Listen to this episode for more insightful and thought-provoking aspects of the conversation. Join us on our social media pages for more striking conversations on developmental issues. #BuildingBridges
01:36:41
November 18, 2020
BB - High cost of governance in Nigeria
On this episode of Building Bridges, we engaged Mr. Santos Ayuba Larab and Mr. Kabiru Sabo on the high cost of governance in Nigeria relating to the bogus salaries, allowances and administrative costs of our public officials viz-a-viz what the ordinary Nigerian worker earns. It's a call to action for citizens to be aware of government budgeting, implementation, and tracking for effective delivery of dividends such as quality infrastructure and a better life for all beyond just spending on a few public officials. Listen and join an ongoing conversation on all our social media handles and website for more.
01:31:35
November 18, 2020