The Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI) and Nigeria’s Human Rights Radio, the home of Brekete family have concluded plans for partnership in order to promote human rights and fight corruption in Nigeria.
This was made known during a courtesy visit by the management of CCSI to the station’s headquarters in Abuja. The Executive Director, CCSI, Mrs Babafunke Fagbemi who led a team of top management members to the station said there is a link between CCSI and Human Rights Radio because both organisations seek to speak for the voiceless.
“We are very proud of what you are doing here at Human Rights Radio, we see a link between our organization and yours because we are both acting as voice for the voiceless,” Fagbemi said.
She noted that while CCSI has been at the forefront of the campaign for inclusive health for all Nigerians especially in its malaria and family planing programmes, however the organization has also turned its attention to social issues like corruption and its social cost.”
“We are very proud of what you are doing here at Human Rights Radio, we see a link between our organization and yours because we are both acting as voice for the voiceless.”
Our project, Strengthening Citizens Resistance Against Prevalence of Corruption, (SCRAP-C) is designed to query the social norms that reinforce habits of corruption. We are trying to reintroduce those values that frown at corruption like Honesty, Integrity and Transparency.
“Not only that, we are getting the people to know that by not speaking out against acts of corruption, they are not only reinforcing the acts, but it also speaks to the social cost of corrupt acts, like lack of social infrastructure.
“Since Human Rights Radio has distinguished itself for fighting for the voiceless and projecting the same values that would impact positively on our society, we believe we can work together to achieve a common goal of corruption-free society,” Fagbemi said.
Responding, the General Manager of the station, Mr. Odoh Okenyodo thanked the CCSI management while assuring them of the station’s commitment to upholding the rule of law and promoting human rights in the country.
“We are proud of the Brekete family, but beyond that, we have many programs that give access and voice to the people. We are creating, and innovating programs and bringing radio directly to the people in the community to amplify their voices and enable them fight for their rights.
“We are challenging the way broadcasters reinforce the issues of human rights and our reporters see radio as a medium for Social Behavior Change (SBC),” he said.
Human Rights Radio hosts the Brekete Family radio magazine programe, a reality radio and television program which focuses on human rights. It airs on 101.1 frequency and streams online through social media platforms in Abuja, Nigeria. The program is focused on protecting the rights of the downtrodden, helping to provide justice for the voiceless, and stimulating Nigerians to care for the oppressed.
The Centre for Communication and Social Impact (CCSI) is a leading Social and Behavior Change (SBC) organization with expertise in utilising evidence from research to implement effective strategies that address barriers preventing designated audiences from adopting recommended behaviors.
Birthed by the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (JHCCP), Baltimore, USA, and registered in 2001 as a Non-Governmental Organization with the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria, CCSI continues to work towards being the center of excellence in strategic communications in Africa.
Driven by values of integrity, passion, care, innovation, and excellence, CCSI focuses on the central role of strategic communication to impact behaviors, build brands, and provide technical leadership in health and social development.