Who We Are
Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Catholic Archdiocese of Ibadan is a faith-based not-for-profit and non-governmental organization which was established in the year 1991 to cater for all people within Oyo and Osun States, South-West Nigeria, irrespective of religion, culture, race or gender. The commission’s area of operation covers 20 local government areas. 14 of these are located in Oyo State while the remaining 6 local government areas are in Osun State. The Commission is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, Nigeria with registration number: 16878.
Our vision is to promote a community where justice and the promotion of human dignity are held sacred; such that all are fully alive and active through the realisation of their full potential in a just, safe and free environment. The commission is engaged in Community Development, Prison Welfare and Reconciliation, Human Rights Protection, Legal Aid services, Democracy and Good Governance monitoring, Lobby and Advocacy for Policy reform and implementation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Peace Building, Emergency Relief and Humanitarian support, Gender Equity and Women Development, HIV / AIDS Care and Counselling, Protection of Child’s Rights, Capacity Building and Economic empowerment of the less privileged, the underserved, and the marginalized. These are done through various projects under our five unique programmes namely: Democracy and Human Rights Programme, Integrated Development Programme, Women Development Child Rights Programme, Community Service Punishment Programme, Caritas desk Ibadan and Justice, Development and Peace Committee in Parish (JDP in Parish).
These programmes are run by a team of 41 members of Staff who are seasoned professionals in their various disciplines working assiduously towards the actualization of set objectives. Through our Agric Programme, 850 farmers‘ yields have increased by an average of 20% between 2018-2021, animal mortality has reduced by 60% since 2015; over 1500 farmers have recorded significant improvement in their lives courtesy of our capacity building programmes, technical and social services. Over 40,000 women have been counselled on the dangers and ills of Female Genital Mutilation since 2017 in 21 counselling centres throughout Oyo and Osun States. 69 women have received economic empowerment between Sept 2020-April 2022; 399 girls have benefitted from the educational and vocational resettlement packages that include, school fees/ school levies, textbooks, notebooks and vocational equipment to alleviate the plight of indigent adolescent girls in Ibadan through the Awareness Creation and Campaign against Child Trafficking and Labour project since 2016.
In 2018, child rights clubs were established in 54 public secondary schools in Ibadan and have since been educating children on their rights, how to avoid abuses and provide the appropriate responses to victims.
We have been able to liaise with 8106 active civic group members to push the Government of Oyo State to implement a number of development projects in the fields of potable water supply, rehabilitation and construction of classrooms, rehabilitation of health centres, and supply of electricity, that has benefited over a million inhabitants in the grassroots of Ibadan; our Good Governance Project advocated for inclusive governance and participatory budgeting which has facilitated the inclusion of recommendations submitted by civil society groups from various local governments into the budget of Oyo State of 2020/21 & 2022. JDPC, Ibadan advocated for the successful improvement of service delivery in 55 Primary health care facilities in Oyo State since 2020. Weekly visits are made to the Agodi prison, to assist inmates with their general welfare and with free legal aid services. JDPC, Ibadan is a member of the State Committee for Speedy Administration of Justice; in 2013 we obtained a Parliamentary Liaison status in the Oyo State House of Assembly and with this, we have contributed to the development of policies that represent the true needs of grassroots communities and People living with disabilities; we also pushed for the Bill on Community Service as an alternative punishment for minor offences which was passed into law in 2017 and had since then contributed to the reduction in the number of custodial sentencing in Oyo State.
At the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we distributed palliatives to over 1300 vulnerable households and responded to the needs of victims of the Fulani herdsmen attack in Ibarapa land, Southwest Nigeria. JDPC, Ibadan successfully introduced 75 paralegals into Oyo State in 2020 to administer alternative dispute resolution and provide legal aid counsel to indigent members of their communities; these paralegals have resolved 303 cases by the end of the year 2022.
All of these have been possible with the support of esteemed partners like MISEREOR, British High Commission, Missio, Conrad Hilton Sisters, Irish Aid, Embassy of Japan, European Union, Manos Unidas, AWDF Ghana, Catholic Relief Services, Oxfam, Kindermissionswerk, Skretting Nigeria, Misean Cara and International Budget Partnership, Inc.
Where We Are
The Archdiocese is located in the ever-sprawling city of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, Nigeria, with a conservatively approximated population of 7.5 million. Ibadan is the largest city in the world inhabited by the black race, but it is the Capital City of the Yoruba people of the Western Nigeria. The strategic location of the city attracts many Nigerians for commercial and industrial activities.
Government structures and infrastructures are located in Ibadan, the capital of the old Western Region. Such structures and infrastructures include Health and Educational Institutions/Structures like the University College Teaching Hospital (UCH), the University of Ibadan, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the Nigeria Prison Service and so many others. Some basic social amenities were also provided and functional since the Independence of Nigeria on October 1st, 1960.