A group of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have emerged to consolidate a formidable common-front and hold a National Dialogue on the theme: Building An Ethically Responsive Society, The Strategic Role of Leaders & Institutions, which will help in addressing very urgent and unassailable issues bordering on leadership and governance, religious and ethnic, socio-economic and political differences in the country.
The group under the umbrella name of National Coalition of Civil Society On: Ethics & Values, Peace Building & Good Governance “NCCSEVPBGG” in a press statement issued in Abuja, Monday, by the Director, Administration and Communications, Amb. Elder Benedict N. Opara, indicates that the emergence became necessary due to the current spate of insecurity, divisive tendencies, treats to national security, sustainable development and fabrics of the Nigerian society.
The statement revealed that the National Coalition will as parts of its mandate, particularly focus on;
- Carrying out campaigns and programmes targeted at creating a stronger foundation for national unity and integration.
- Promote sound moral values, social sanity, leadership integrity and restore the cultural values and good ethics of the Nigerian society, in addition to encouraging respect for the rules of the Law.
It further revealed that the governing structure and composition of the National Coalition has been carefully designed to provide an equitable representation from the socio-religious, academic, the profession and geo-political spheres of the country and leadership expertise, in line with good corporate governance and global best practice modules.
Amb. Benedict affirmed that in a move to actualize its set-out mandate, the group have proposed to hold a one-day Global Sustainable Development Ambassadors’ Forum, on the theme: Toward Ensuring a Peaceful & Prosperous Society. The event, according to the group will culminate in the Presidential Unveiling, Launching and Inauguration of the National Dialogue project.
In a related development, music they say “is one of the key instruments for the propagation of peace, love and unity” and so, the group have identified and adopted a musical artiste with the brand name Father Johnwell Peterside Jnr. & De Legends whose national tribute album titled LET’S UNITE and trending track OUR FALLEN HEROES has become a House-Hold Anthem and making front page news on the social media, as official artiste and song for the National Dialogue project.
It then called on the Civil Society Organizations identified in the Coalition to be resolute and committed to the set-out mandate, while appealing to governments and private institutions at all levels, development partners, the diplomatic community and public spirited individuals in the society to identify, actively support and participate in this noble process of national re-engineering and integration in order to help bring the effort to fruition and also, guarantee sustainable national development.