Speakers’ Corner TrustNigeria (SCTN) is the Nigerian affiliate of the international body – Speakers’ Corner Trust. It is registered as a trust in Nigeria with its own Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
Africa’s First Speakers’ Corner
In September 2008, SCT undertook a scoping exercise designed to test the viability of a Speakers’ Corner project in Nigeria by addressing four key questions:
Is there support for it?
Can active stakeholders be identified?
Can it be sustained?
Can it be funded?
Over the last nine years, the foundations have been laid for an initiative which aims to provide for millions of ordinary Nigerians opportunities to participate in public debate, influence decision-taking and hold politicians to account in a way which will extend their rights as citizens and help take the country’s democracy to the next level. It could also establish in the heart of Nigeria the first permanent Speakers’ Corner on the African continent.
The project was initiated by the UK charity Speakers’ Corner Trust supported by grants from the Foreign Office. Now, with funding from the Ford Foundation a new Abuja-based Trust, Speakers’ Corner Trust Nigeria (SCTN), is being established to control, manage and implement the initiative over the longer term.
It has already won the backing of many prominent individuals, civil society organisations and national and international bodies in Nigeria. Several – including the Nigerian Bar Association, the Nigerian Labour Congress and ActionAid – have offered partnership and in-kind support.
Dr Christopher Kolade
Dr Timiebi Koripamo-Agary
Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah
A.B. Mahmoud SAN
Dr Kole Shettima
SCTN’s Trustees are
Dr Kole Shettima – Chair
Clement Nwankwo – Secretary
SCTN’s Directors are drawn from its Advisory Council and initial Working Group
Ramatu Umar Bako
Dr Hussaini Abdu
Dr. Timiebi Koripamo-Agary
Dr Kole Shettima, chair
Clement Nwankwo, secretary
The Ford Foundation’s funding has enabled SCTN to appoint its first director, Ramatu Umar-Bako, a lawyer, human rights advocate and development specialist with over 11 years experience in local and international organisations including the British Council.