NARRATIVE REPORT OF THE PLATEAU ROUNDTABLES ORGANISED BY CAREFRONTING NIGERIA WITH SUPPORT FROM FREEDOM HOUSE

NARRATIVE REPORT OF THE PLATEAU ROUNDTABLES ORGANISED BY CAREFRONTING NIGERIA WITH SUPPORT FROM FREEDOM HOUSE

The Plateau Roundtable is designed to be an Independent, free thinking forum for new ideas and sincere progressive debate; to seek an acceptable way forward in curbing the recurrent ethno-religious conflict that have bedeviled northern Nigeria. The Roundtable is one of the very few forums where issues of promoting religious tolerance, understanding and freedom are discussed freely. The roundtable provides a platform for synergy, for like minds, for leaders, people with responsibility, community gate keepers and leaders, law makers, public office holders, representatives of the media, civil society etc to come together and discuss and deliberate on issues of concern and interest to all, topics that affects all in the communities.

Four roundtables were held in the year 2013:

The roundtables took place in Country Home Hotel, Jos Plateau State. The first was on Thursday 10th October 2014 with Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed(OON) as lead presenter and we had 57 persons in attendance. Dr Hakeem is a media person, a columnist in 3national dailies, a university lecturer, public policy commentator and analyst and he was in the presidential committee on Amnesty for Boko Haram.

The Second Roundtable was on 24th October, 2013 and Prof. Paul Pindar Izah was the presenter and there were 73 persons in attendance. Prof Izah is the Director of  the Institute for Development Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. Former head of Department Political Science and the Chairman of the Editorial board Nigerian Political Science journal.

The third was on 14th November, 2013 with Amina Salihu and Barrister Olivia Dazyam as presenters with 75persons in attendance. Amina Salihu is a Women activist and the Executive Director of People and Passion Consult, Abuja, she is also the Chair board of Directors of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund  while Barrister Olivia is the Commissioner for Information, Plateau State (Formerly commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development) and also an executive member of International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).

The fourth was on 12th December, 2013 with Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama and Dr Khalid Aliyu as presenters. This roundtable recorded the highest number of participants, 86 persons were in attendance. Archbishop Kaigama is the Archbishop of Jos Archdiocese, President of the Nigerian Catholic Bishop’s Conference and Vice President of West African Episcopal Conference of the joint Francophone/Anglophone Catholic Bishops while Dr Khalid is the Secretary General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) which is the Muslim Umbrella body in Nigeria, the President is the Sultan.

The target attendance for each roundtable was 60 and apart from the first roundtable that had 57persons present every other roundtable had more people in attendance than the targeted 60. The roundtable was well received having increased number of participants at every edition.

Moreover all the papers presented at the roundtable has been compiled, edited and made into a book that has been published and we are distributing to organizations, groups, agencies, government offices, institutions, schools, legislators etc to reach more people who were not present at the roundtables. It is not just the presentations that are in the book but the communiqués and the newspaper publications as well.

We sincerely want to ‘Thank’ Freedom House for making it possible, for supporting the program and funding it and we hope that they will be magnanimous to continue supporting the roundtables as we are at the moment in search of support for the next edition.

Convener,

Maji Peterx