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The Yakubu Gowon Centre for National Unity and International Co-operation (YGC) was established in 1992 as an NGO to futher the cause of Nigerian unity.
A Strong and united Nigeria, free of disease and poverty, where every citizen has an opporturnity for self expression and the realization of their full potentials.
 
 
   
 
 
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To encourage international co-operation, unity and peaceful co- existence and in that regard to institute and administer prizes for distinguished contribution to nation building and international co- operation
 

Thematic Focus Areas

 

In line with the mission of the centre, our thematic focuses are

  • Peace building and conflict management
  • Disease impact mitigation
  • Democracy and good governance
  • Youth development
  • Education and social services
  • Economic development.

Peace Building and Conflict Management
As a centre established to further the cause of National Unity, Peace building and conflict management lies at the core of our activities.  The centre pursues broad based policies and contributes to national and international efforts to ensure peaceful co-existence.  Conflict flashpoints are identified and efforts are directed at their mitigation and eventual elimination.

Disease Impact Mitigation
Disease burden remains a sore point in National development efforts.  From inception in 1993, the centre has been involved in advocacy activities and direct provision of health services. The Guinea Worm Eradication Programme, HIV/AIDS and Malaria Interventions of the centre are widely acclaimed.

Democracy and Good Governance
Democracy and good government   are panacea for peaceful co-existence.  The centre pursues efforts to strengthen and deepen democracy by providing enlightenment and issue based voter education.  The centre has its election observer ship mission which it has deployed in the last 2 general elections.  In the coming years, the centre will take democracy education to schools and colleges across the country so as to get young people intimately involved in agitating and propagating democratic ideals.

Youth Development
The youth of the nation form a critical mass of potential resource for leadership and nation building.  The centre works with youths across the globe to foster relationships, promote experiences sharing and to inculcate in them, desirable values that enhances the realization of their full potentials.

Education and Social Services
This aspect of the centre’s activities focuses on special issues like education of nomads, girl child and other peasant populations.  The centre is also concerned about supporting efforts to achieve ‘Education For All’ (EFA) targets.  Meeting the service delivery needs of local communities in terms of water which is needed to compliment and support the health of the people is also a major focus of the centre.

Economic Development
The centre is greatly concerned about how economic growth is used to reinforce democracy and good governance and to ensure that people have a measure of good life.  The centre therefore focuses of national growth strategies by providing advocacy, building capacity of operators and strengthening civil society responses to such initiatives.

 
  The Yakubu Gowon Centre (YGC) for National Unity and International Co-operation was established in 1992 as a private, non-profit making, non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO). The Yakubu Gowon Centre was established in honour of General Dr. Yakubu Gowon, former Head of State of Nigeria (1966 to 1975) for his contributions to nation building and the cause of national unity. more...  
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