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  •  The Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus epidemic Covid 19 has set up a sub committee to engage faith based organisations from both Islam and Christianity on social distancing measures at preventing the disease The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday while giving update on Covid 19 on a Nigeria Television Authority NTA programme Good Morning Nigeria The Nigeria News Agency reports other guests that appeared on the programme are the Minister of State for Health Sen Olorunnibe Mamora the Director General of National Orientation Agency Dr Garba Abari and the Provost College of Health Science University of Africa Prof Abdusalami Nasidi Mohammed said that government did not intend to impose social distancing directive on faith based organisations without consultations When the Presidential Task Force on Covid 19 met yesterday one of the recommendations is that there is the need to strengthen collaboration among the federal states local governments faith based organisations partners and donors One of the decisions taken is that a sub committee of the team should engage faith based organisations from both sides If Saudi Arabia can cancel all conventional prayers nothing stops us from doing so if that will help in containing the pandemic We will however not take this measure without engaging all the concerns It was decided that the next meeting of the National Council of State the Minister of Health will brief all the governor s on the need to take ownership of the disease he said The Minister said that the government information agencies including NAN NTA FRCN and VON had been actively involved in information dissemination on the disease He said he would be inviting Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria BON on the need for their private sector members to see the disease as national emergency which they must assist by giving air time Speaking on imposition of travel ban the Minister said that government would not hesitate or shy away from taking any measure that will protect Nigerians from the virus You can see that even the cancellation of the national sports festival is part of the decision the government has taken to protect Nigerians The committee also banned all travels by all government officials whether it is seminar or meetings It gives travel advice to Nigerians that unless it is very essential they should postpone all travels at this time Government also directed that anybody coming from high index risk countries should self isolate while government will do follow up Therefore we are watching the situation and monitoring them very closely We are not unaware of actions from some countries that have posed travel ban but for us I think there are certain things that we need to do before it gets to that stage he said He recalled that when the first index case was reported there was panic and attacks on the Chinese that they should go and test themselves whereas the victim was not a Chinese but an Italian The Minister further underscored the need for all Nigerians to take ownership of this epidemic Some people today are behaving as if the disease is not their concern but Corona virus is not a respecter of anybody whether you are a Minister or a cleaner We have to be conscious and adhere to the guidelines for prevention such as personal hygiene and social distancing and listen to our doctors and experts he said In his contribution Mamora similarly stressed the need for every Nigerian not to be complacent It is everybody s concern we must not be complacent because the price of complacency is huge It is better for everyone to see one s self as a potential carrier of the disease So that we will be very careful What we fear most is community transmission of the disease We do know that 80 per cent of those who contacted the virus are asymptomatic not show symptom or they manifest mildly he said He noted that if the people do not take necessary precautionary measures the government may be compelled to impose extra ordinary measures in terms of limiting rights of association movement Garba for his part said that NOA would continue to disseminate information from the city to the grassroot in local languages educating people on the virus Edited By Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    Covid-19: FG to engage faith-based organisations
     The Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus epidemic Covid 19 has set up a sub committee to engage faith based organisations from both Islam and Christianity on social distancing measures at preventing the disease The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday while giving update on Covid 19 on a Nigeria Television Authority NTA programme Good Morning Nigeria The Nigeria News Agency reports other guests that appeared on the programme are the Minister of State for Health Sen Olorunnibe Mamora the Director General of National Orientation Agency Dr Garba Abari and the Provost College of Health Science University of Africa Prof Abdusalami Nasidi Mohammed said that government did not intend to impose social distancing directive on faith based organisations without consultations When the Presidential Task Force on Covid 19 met yesterday one of the recommendations is that there is the need to strengthen collaboration among the federal states local governments faith based organisations partners and donors One of the decisions taken is that a sub committee of the team should engage faith based organisations from both sides If Saudi Arabia can cancel all conventional prayers nothing stops us from doing so if that will help in containing the pandemic We will however not take this measure without engaging all the concerns It was decided that the next meeting of the National Council of State the Minister of Health will brief all the governor s on the need to take ownership of the disease he said The Minister said that the government information agencies including NAN NTA FRCN and VON had been actively involved in information dissemination on the disease He said he would be inviting Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria BON on the need for their private sector members to see the disease as national emergency which they must assist by giving air time Speaking on imposition of travel ban the Minister said that government would not hesitate or shy away from taking any measure that will protect Nigerians from the virus You can see that even the cancellation of the national sports festival is part of the decision the government has taken to protect Nigerians The committee also banned all travels by all government officials whether it is seminar or meetings It gives travel advice to Nigerians that unless it is very essential they should postpone all travels at this time Government also directed that anybody coming from high index risk countries should self isolate while government will do follow up Therefore we are watching the situation and monitoring them very closely We are not unaware of actions from some countries that have posed travel ban but for us I think there are certain things that we need to do before it gets to that stage he said He recalled that when the first index case was reported there was panic and attacks on the Chinese that they should go and test themselves whereas the victim was not a Chinese but an Italian The Minister further underscored the need for all Nigerians to take ownership of this epidemic Some people today are behaving as if the disease is not their concern but Corona virus is not a respecter of anybody whether you are a Minister or a cleaner We have to be conscious and adhere to the guidelines for prevention such as personal hygiene and social distancing and listen to our doctors and experts he said In his contribution Mamora similarly stressed the need for every Nigerian not to be complacent It is everybody s concern we must not be complacent because the price of complacency is huge It is better for everyone to see one s self as a potential carrier of the disease So that we will be very careful What we fear most is community transmission of the disease We do know that 80 per cent of those who contacted the virus are asymptomatic not show symptom or they manifest mildly he said He noted that if the people do not take necessary precautionary measures the government may be compelled to impose extra ordinary measures in terms of limiting rights of association movement Garba for his part said that NOA would continue to disseminate information from the city to the grassroot in local languages educating people on the virus Edited By Ekemini Ladejobi NAN
    Covid-19: FG to engage faith-based organisations
    Health3 years ago

    Covid-19: FG to engage faith-based organisations

    The Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus epidemic (Covid 19) has set up a sub committee to engage faith based organisations from both Islam and Christianity on social distancing measures at preventing the disease.

     

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday while giving update on Covid-19 on a Nigeria Television Authority (NTA)  programme, Good Morning Nigeria.

     

    The Nigeria News Agency reports other guests that appeared on the programme are the Minister of State for Health, Sen. Olorunnibe Mamora, the Director General of National Orientation Agency, Dr Garba Abari and the Provost, College of Health Science, University of Africa, Prof. Abdusalami Nasidi.

     

    Mohammed said that government did not intend to impose social distancing directive on faith-based organisations without consultations.

     

    “When the Presidential Task Force on Covid 19 met yesterday, one of the recommendations is that there is the need to strengthen collaboration among the federal, states, local governments, faith based organisations, partners and donors.

     

    “One of the decisions taken is that a sub committee of the team should engage faith based organisations from both sides.

     

    If Saudi Arabia can cancel all conventional prayers, nothing stops us from doing so, if that will help in containing the pandemic.

     

    ‘We will, however, not take this measure without engaging all the concerns

     

    “It was decided that the next meeting of the National Council of State, the Minister of Health will brief all the governor’s on the need to take ownership of the disease,” he said.

     

    The Minister said that the government information agencies including NAN, NTA, FRCN and VON had been actively involved in information dissemination on the disease.

     

    He said he would be inviting Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) on the need for their private sector members to see the disease as national emergency which they must assist by giving air time.

     

    Speaking on imposition of travel ban, the Minister said that government would not hesitate or shy away from taking any measure that will protect Nigerians from the virus.

     

    “You can see that even the cancellation of the national sports festival is part of the decision the government has taken to protect Nigerians.

     

    ‘The committee also banned all travels by all government officials whether it is seminar or meetings

     

    “It gives travel advice to Nigerians that unless it is very essential, they should postpone all travels at this time

     

    “Government also  directed that anybody coming from high index risk countries should self isolate while government will do follow up

     

    “Therefore, we are watching the situation and monitoring them very closely.

     

    “We are not  unaware of actions from some countries that have posed travel ban, but for us  I think there are certain things that we need to do before it gets to that stage,’ he said..

     

    He recalled that when the first index case was reported, there was panic and attacks on the Chinese that they should go and test themselves, whereas the victim was not a Chinese, but an Italian .

     

    The Minister further underscored the need for all Nigerians to take ownership of this epidemic.

     

    “Some people today are behaving as if the disease is not their concern but Corona virus is not a respecter of anybody whether you are a Minister or a cleaner.

     

    “We have to be conscious and adhere to the guidelines for prevention such as personal hygiene and social distancing and listen to our doctors and experts,” he said.

     

    In his contribution, Mamora similarly stressed the need for every Nigerian not to be complacent.

     

    “It is everybody’s concern; we must not be complacent because the price of complacency is huge.

     

    “It is better for everyone to see one’s self as a potential carrier of the disease; So that we will be very careful.

     

    “What we fear most is community transmission of the disease.

     

    “We do know that 80 per cent of those who contacted the virus are asymptomatic (not show symptom) or they manifest mildly,” he said.

     

    He noted that if the people do not take necessary precautionary measures the government may be compelled to impose extra ordinary measures in terms of limiting rights of association, movement.

     

    Garba for his part said that NOA would continue to disseminate information from the city to the grassroot in local languages educating people on the virus.


    Edited By: Ekemini Ladejobi
    (NAN)

  •  The ICPC has advised communities to take interest and monitor implementation of constituency projects in their domains to ensure transparency The Chairman of ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye gave the advice in Owerri on Tuesday at a Constituency Project Town Hall Meeting the agency organised in collaboration with the National Oreintation Agency NOA for stakeholders The theme of the meeting was My Constituency My Project The Nigeria News Agency reports that Owasanoye was represented at the occasion by his State Commissioner ICPC Mr Arua Udensi Owasanoye said constituencies must be involved monitor and even take ownership of constitency projects in their own interests He said that the consituency projects were projects that were selected by legislators and provided for in the budgets of government ministeries and agencies for execution According to the chairman all these projects are located in communities across the country and are for the benefit of citizens Owasanoye said that in its drive to stop corruption in the projects executed by government ICPC launched what it called Constitiuency Projects Tracking Group CPTG Initiative in 2019 He said the agency commenced the first phase of tracking in 12 states to see whether constituency projects were executed and done satisfactorily The exercise led to the recovery of equipment and machinery meant for the benefit of ordinary people which were kept away and were not distributed Many of such have been distributed to beneficiaries and have since been put to use In the process ICPC recovered money for government from those who did not execute the projects underperformed or inflated the cost of the projects This year the second phase has commenced The scope of the exercise has now been widened to include those projects which are specifically developed and implemented by the executive arm of government We are gathered here today to talk about how you the community people can be involved in the process of project transparency and accountability he saidOwasanoye said that the idea of constituiency and other government projects for communities was a valid evidence that government meant well for the peoiple and it is through these projects that government touched the lives of citizens For this reason you the beneficairies need to show interest in the selection execution and use of these projects In other words you need to take ownership of the projects for sustainability in the long time he said Mr Garba Abari the Director General of National Orientation Agency NOA said that projects were inserted or sponsored by members of the National Assembly during the budget circle to get development closer to the grassroots Abari who was represented by the NOA State Director in Imo Mr Vitus Ekeocha said that constitutiency projects gave the representatives of the peoiple the required opportunity to identify infrastructural lapses in their dormain for government intervention He said constituency projects covered several sub heads including provision of books for local libraries water borehole health facilities donation of computers to schools roads construction among other areas that might interest a representative from a federal constituiency Abari said that NOA was partnering the ICPC to deliver the desired gains to the people He said ICPC had been interrogating the process of location and implementation of constitiuiency projects and found out that the vital component of the process was to get the citizens to buy in or take ownership of these projects since essentially they meant to serve their communities It is our view that when communities take ownership of these projects there would be genuine interest to preserve and protect them It will also ensure that contractors ever eager to maximise profits execute the projects to the highest standard required Community ownership will ensure that legislators and other officials of government are alerted when there is poor execution of these contracts and that they are also held accountable It is therefore imperative that a new template for implementing the constituiency project be adopted The new template we advocate under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC is for the people to own the entire process beginning from conception to execution It is through this that the aims of bringing government to the grassroots will be achieved Abari said Some of the participants commended the organisers for the programme but expressed concern on the attitude of some politicians Found it difficult to deliver dividends of democracy to their constituencies They also asked how they would ascertain the actual amount given to representatives for constituency projects as it would determine what they would lay hands on to monitor or write petition if the need arose Other stakeholders wondered why politicians were not invited to the town hall meeting and why there was no proper lecture or seminar on project monitoring as part of the programme The Chairman Ngor Okpala Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Geoffery Okoro also one of the participants said it was important that the community members or stakeholders had knowledge of the ammount budgeted for each project for proper monitoring He asked of at the main duties of ICPC and EFCC arguing that often ICPC would initiate cases but later hand it over to EFCC and at the end of the day the culprits would not be prosecuted Mr Ifeanyi Nkwocha Chairman Owerri West President Generals enjoined NOA and ICPC to organise seminars on how to monitor constituency projects and not just an interactive session He said the communities should be able to find out what their constitiency project were who is the contractor whether it is a federal or state project check the level of project completion and how much it was budgeted for Mr Ugwuezumba Onwuemeodo another participant from Mbaise said that the challenge of constituency project monitoring included lack of information fear of the unknown and people s lack of confidence on politicians He urged NOA and ICPC to ensure they were part of signing of constituency contracts and that community members were aware of the projects and the materials that would be used for the execution Edited By Tajudeen Atitebi NAN
    ICPC, NOA engage Imo stakeholders on constituency projects monitoring
     The ICPC has advised communities to take interest and monitor implementation of constituency projects in their domains to ensure transparency The Chairman of ICPC Prof Bolaji Owasanoye gave the advice in Owerri on Tuesday at a Constituency Project Town Hall Meeting the agency organised in collaboration with the National Oreintation Agency NOA for stakeholders The theme of the meeting was My Constituency My Project The Nigeria News Agency reports that Owasanoye was represented at the occasion by his State Commissioner ICPC Mr Arua Udensi Owasanoye said constituencies must be involved monitor and even take ownership of constitency projects in their own interests He said that the consituency projects were projects that were selected by legislators and provided for in the budgets of government ministeries and agencies for execution According to the chairman all these projects are located in communities across the country and are for the benefit of citizens Owasanoye said that in its drive to stop corruption in the projects executed by government ICPC launched what it called Constitiuency Projects Tracking Group CPTG Initiative in 2019 He said the agency commenced the first phase of tracking in 12 states to see whether constituency projects were executed and done satisfactorily The exercise led to the recovery of equipment and machinery meant for the benefit of ordinary people which were kept away and were not distributed Many of such have been distributed to beneficiaries and have since been put to use In the process ICPC recovered money for government from those who did not execute the projects underperformed or inflated the cost of the projects This year the second phase has commenced The scope of the exercise has now been widened to include those projects which are specifically developed and implemented by the executive arm of government We are gathered here today to talk about how you the community people can be involved in the process of project transparency and accountability he saidOwasanoye said that the idea of constituiency and other government projects for communities was a valid evidence that government meant well for the peoiple and it is through these projects that government touched the lives of citizens For this reason you the beneficairies need to show interest in the selection execution and use of these projects In other words you need to take ownership of the projects for sustainability in the long time he said Mr Garba Abari the Director General of National Orientation Agency NOA said that projects were inserted or sponsored by members of the National Assembly during the budget circle to get development closer to the grassroots Abari who was represented by the NOA State Director in Imo Mr Vitus Ekeocha said that constitutiency projects gave the representatives of the peoiple the required opportunity to identify infrastructural lapses in their dormain for government intervention He said constituency projects covered several sub heads including provision of books for local libraries water borehole health facilities donation of computers to schools roads construction among other areas that might interest a representative from a federal constituiency Abari said that NOA was partnering the ICPC to deliver the desired gains to the people He said ICPC had been interrogating the process of location and implementation of constitiuiency projects and found out that the vital component of the process was to get the citizens to buy in or take ownership of these projects since essentially they meant to serve their communities It is our view that when communities take ownership of these projects there would be genuine interest to preserve and protect them It will also ensure that contractors ever eager to maximise profits execute the projects to the highest standard required Community ownership will ensure that legislators and other officials of government are alerted when there is poor execution of these contracts and that they are also held accountable It is therefore imperative that a new template for implementing the constituiency project be adopted The new template we advocate under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC is for the people to own the entire process beginning from conception to execution It is through this that the aims of bringing government to the grassroots will be achieved Abari said Some of the participants commended the organisers for the programme but expressed concern on the attitude of some politicians Found it difficult to deliver dividends of democracy to their constituencies They also asked how they would ascertain the actual amount given to representatives for constituency projects as it would determine what they would lay hands on to monitor or write petition if the need arose Other stakeholders wondered why politicians were not invited to the town hall meeting and why there was no proper lecture or seminar on project monitoring as part of the programme The Chairman Ngor Okpala Council of Traditional Rulers Eze Geoffery Okoro also one of the participants said it was important that the community members or stakeholders had knowledge of the ammount budgeted for each project for proper monitoring He asked of at the main duties of ICPC and EFCC arguing that often ICPC would initiate cases but later hand it over to EFCC and at the end of the day the culprits would not be prosecuted Mr Ifeanyi Nkwocha Chairman Owerri West President Generals enjoined NOA and ICPC to organise seminars on how to monitor constituency projects and not just an interactive session He said the communities should be able to find out what their constitiency project were who is the contractor whether it is a federal or state project check the level of project completion and how much it was budgeted for Mr Ugwuezumba Onwuemeodo another participant from Mbaise said that the challenge of constituency project monitoring included lack of information fear of the unknown and people s lack of confidence on politicians He urged NOA and ICPC to ensure they were part of signing of constituency contracts and that community members were aware of the projects and the materials that would be used for the execution Edited By Tajudeen Atitebi NAN
    ICPC, NOA engage Imo stakeholders on constituency projects monitoring
    General news3 years ago

    ICPC, NOA engage Imo stakeholders on constituency projects monitoring

    The ICPC has advised communities to  take interest and monitor implementation of constituency projects in their domains to ensure transparency.

    The Chairman of ICPC, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye,  gave the advice in Owerri on Tuesday at a Constituency Project Town Hall Meeting the agency organised in collaboration with the National Oreintation Agency (NOA) for stakeholders.

    The theme  of the meeting was “My Constituency, My Project”.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that Owasanoye was represented at the occasion by his State Commissioner, ICPC, Mr Arua Udensi.

    Owasanoye said constituencies must be involved, monitor and even take ownership of constitency projects in their own interests.

    He said that the consituency projects were projects that were selected by legislators and provided for in the budgets of government ministeries and agencies for execution.

    According to the chairman, all these projects are located in communities across the country and are for the benefit of citizens.

    Owasanoye said that in its drive to stop corruption in the projects executed by government, ICPC launched what it called Constitiuency Projects Tracking Group (CPTG) Initiative in 2019.

    He said the agency commenced the first phase of tracking in 12 states to see whether constituency projects were executed and done satisfactorily.

    “The exercise led to the recovery of equipment and machinery meant for the benefit of ordinary people which were kept away and were not distributed.

    “Many of such have  been distributed to beneficiaries and have since been put to use.

    “In the process, ICPC recovered money for government from those who did not execute the projects, underperformed or inflated the cost of the projects.

    “This year, the second phase has commenced. The scope of the exercise has now been widened to include those projects which are specifically developed and implemented by the executive arm of government.

    “We are gathered here today to talk about how you, the community people, can be involved in the process of project transparency and accountability,” he said

    Owasanoye said that the idea of constituiency and other government projects for communities was a valid evidence that government meant well for the peoiple and it is through these projects that government touched the lives of citizens.

    “For this reason you the beneficairies, need to show interest in the selection, execution and use of these projects. In other words you need to take ownership of the projects for sustainability in the long time,” he said.

    Mr Garba Abari, the Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), said that projects were inserted or sponsored by members of the National Assembly during the budget circle to get development closer to the grassroots.

    Abari, who was represented by the NOA State Director in Imo, Mr Vitus Ekeocha, said that constitutiency projects gave the representatives of the peoiple the required opportunity to identify infrastructural lapses in their dormain for government intervention.

    He said constituency projects covered several sub-heads including provision of books for local libraries, water borehole, health facilities, donation of computers to schools, roads construction among other areas that might interest a representative from a federal constituiency.

    Abari said that NOA was partnering the ICPC to deliver the desired gains to the people.

    He said ICPC had been interrogating the process of location and implementation of constitiuiency projects and found out that the vital component of the process was to get the citizens to buy-in or take ownership of these projects since essentially they meant to serve their communities.

    “It is our view that when communities take ownership of these projects, there would be genuine interest to preserve and protect them.

    “It will also ensure that contractors ever eager to maximise profits, execute the projects to the highest standard required.

    “Community ownership will ensure that legislators and other officials of government are alerted when there is poor execution of these contracts and that they are also held accountable.

    “It is, therefore, imperative that a new template for implementing the constituiency project be adopted.

    “The new template we advocate under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC is for the people to own the entire process, beginning from conception to execution.

    “It is through this that the aims of bringing government to the grassroots will be achieved,” Abari said.

    Some of the participants commended the organisers for the programme, but expressed concern on the attitude of some politicians Found it difficult to deliver dividends of democracy to their constituencies.

    They also asked how they would ascertain the actual amount given to representatives for constituency projects as it would determine what they would lay hands on to monitor or write petition if the need arose.

    Other stakeholders wondered why politicians were not invited to the town hall meeting and why there was no proper lecture or seminar on project monitoring as part of the programme.

    The Chairman, Ngor Okpala Council of Traditional Rulers, Eze Geoffery Okoro, also one of the participants, said it was important that the community members or stakeholders had knowledge of the ammount budgeted for each project for proper monitoring.

    He asked of at the main duties of ICPC and EFCC, arguing that often ICPC would initiate cases,  but later hand it over to EFCC and at the end of the day the culprits would not be prosecuted.

    Mr Ifeanyi Nkwocha, Chairman, Owerri West President-Generals, enjoined NOA and ICPC to organise seminars  on how to monitor constituency projects and not just an interactive session.

    He said the communities should be able to find out what their constitiency project were, who is the contractor, whether it is a federal or state project, check the level of project completion and how much it was budgeted for.

    Mr Ugwuezumba Onwuemeodo, another participant from Mbaise, said that the challenge of constituency project monitoring included lack of information, fear of the unknown and people’s lack of confidence on politicians.

    He urged NOA and ICPC to ensure they were part of signing of constituency contracts and that community members were aware of the projects and the materials that would be used for the execution.


    Edited By: Tajudeen Atitebi
    (NAN)

  •  The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC has urged communities to report wrongdoings on any constituency projects undertaken by lawmakers in their areas The ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasanoye made the call during a town hall meeting on My Constituency My Project organised by ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency NOA in Sokoto on Tuesday Represented by the ICPC Commissioner in charge of Sokoto Kebbi and Zamfara States Mr Musa Alkali Owasanoye said that the constituency projects were not gifts or donations by their elected representatives They belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people Your representatives in the legislature who select constituency projects do so because they are closer to you and it is expected that they understand your needs better You should therefore work with them to make sure that projects chosen for you actually reflect your needs he said The ICPC Chairman added that the Communities needed to be fully involved and requested the audience of the representatives to put their needs across to them He added that the community must also protect the projects from destruction by vandals and ensure that facilities were used responsibly The Director General of NOA Dr Garba Abari said that the main concern of NOA was how the vehicle of development in the 20th year of uninterrupted democracy could be made to deliver the desired gains to the people Represented by the state Director NOA Abubakar Danchadi Abari said that was the basis for the new partnership between the agency and ICPC However since the introduction of the concept of constituency projects a number of safeguard have been evolved to avoid abuse of the process He added that the new template advocated under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC was for the people to own the entire process from conception to execution Earlier the representative of Civil Society Organisations Malam Nura Attajiri commended ICPC and NOA for the gesture and called on elected representatives to always involve their communities in governance He also called on the electorate to respect their votes by itemising their development needs to contestants for political offices before voting them rather than collecting money to vote Edited By Shittu Obassa and Abdullahi Yusuf NAN
    ICPC urges communities to report wrongdoings in executing constituency projects
     The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission ICPC has urged communities to report wrongdoings on any constituency projects undertaken by lawmakers in their areas The ICPC Chairman Prof Bolaji Owasanoye made the call during a town hall meeting on My Constituency My Project organised by ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency NOA in Sokoto on Tuesday Represented by the ICPC Commissioner in charge of Sokoto Kebbi and Zamfara States Mr Musa Alkali Owasanoye said that the constituency projects were not gifts or donations by their elected representatives They belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people Your representatives in the legislature who select constituency projects do so because they are closer to you and it is expected that they understand your needs better You should therefore work with them to make sure that projects chosen for you actually reflect your needs he said The ICPC Chairman added that the Communities needed to be fully involved and requested the audience of the representatives to put their needs across to them He added that the community must also protect the projects from destruction by vandals and ensure that facilities were used responsibly The Director General of NOA Dr Garba Abari said that the main concern of NOA was how the vehicle of development in the 20th year of uninterrupted democracy could be made to deliver the desired gains to the people Represented by the state Director NOA Abubakar Danchadi Abari said that was the basis for the new partnership between the agency and ICPC However since the introduction of the concept of constituency projects a number of safeguard have been evolved to avoid abuse of the process He added that the new template advocated under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC was for the people to own the entire process from conception to execution Earlier the representative of Civil Society Organisations Malam Nura Attajiri commended ICPC and NOA for the gesture and called on elected representatives to always involve their communities in governance He also called on the electorate to respect their votes by itemising their development needs to contestants for political offices before voting them rather than collecting money to vote Edited By Shittu Obassa and Abdullahi Yusuf NAN
    ICPC urges communities to report wrongdoings in executing constituency projects
    General news3 years ago

    ICPC urges communities to report wrongdoings in executing constituency projects

    The Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has urged communities to report wrongdoings on any constituency projects undertaken by lawmakers in their areas.

    The ICPC Chairman,Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye,  made the call during a town hall meeting on “My Constituency, My Project, ” organised by ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Sokoto on Tuesday.

    Represented by the ICPC Commissioner in charge of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States, Mr Musa Alkali, Owasanoye said that the constituency projects were not gifts or donations by their elected  representatives.

    “They belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people.

    “Your representatives in the legislature who select constituency projects do so because they are closer to you, and it is expected that they understand your needs better.

    “You should therefore work with them to make sure that projects chosen for you actually reflect your needs,” he said.

    The ICPC Chairman added that the Communities needed to be fully involved and requested the audience of the representatives to put their needs across to them.

    He added that the community must also protect the projects from destruction by vandals and ensure that facilities were  used responsibly.

    The Director-General of NOA, Dr Garba Abari, said that the main concern of NOA was how the vehicle of development in the 20th year  of uninterrupted democracy could  be made to deliver the desired gains to the people.

    Represented by the state Director NOA, Abubakar Danchadi,  Abari said that was the basis for the new partnership between the agency and ICPC.

    “However, since the introduction of the concept of constituency projects a number of safeguard have been evolved to avoid abuse of the process.”

    He added that the new template advocated under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC was for the people to own the entire process, from conception to execution.

    Earlier, the representative of Civil Society Organisations, Malam Nura Attajiri, commended ICPC and NOA for the gesture and called on elected representatives to always involve their communities in governance.

    He also called on the electorate to respect their votes by  itemising their  development needs to contestants  for political  offices before voting them, rather than collecting money to vote.


    Edited By: Shittu Obassa and Abdullahi Yusuf
    (NAN)

  •  The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission ICPC on Tuesday advised citizens in Plateau to take ownership of constituency projects for sustainability The Chairman of the commission Prof Bolaji Owasanoye gave the advice in Jos during a Town Hall meeting organised by the ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency NOA It had its theme as My constituency My project Owasanoye said the campaign which was launched in November 2019 was aimed at stopping corruption and tracking projects to see if they were done satisfactorily You need to take ownership of the projects for sustainability in the long term constituency and other projects are funded by government with public money They are not gifts or donations to your community by political representatives they belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people In our drive to stop corruption in projects executed by government ICPC launched this campaign to track projects to see if they were executed and if they were done satisfactorily he said He said that the exercise had led to the recovery of equipment and machinery meant for the benefit of the people and had also recovered money for the government from those who did not execute projects under performed or inflated the cost of projects Owasanoye urged citizens to get involved and follow up projects approved for their respective communities adding that citizens should report suspected representatives when they were being shortchanged and denied of their rights The Director General NOA Dr Garba Abari in a speech said that when communities took ownership of projects there would be genuine interest to preserve and protect them Abari said that it would also ensure that contractors who were eager to maximise profits executed the projects to the highest standards required According to him it is imperative that a new template for implementing the constituency projects be adopted adding that the template under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC will make the people own the entire process from conception to execution He added that it was only through the new template that the aim of bringing government to the grassroots would be achieved The Chairman Association of Local Governments of Nigeria ALGON Plateau Chapter Mr Ezekiel Pabut in an address described the meeting as significant and timely Pabut said that the project would give citizens a platform to assess the performance of representatives and point out gray areas which needed improvement He added that local government chairmen in the state were working hard to ensure that they provided facilities that would better the lives of their community members Editing by Vivian Ihechu and Abdullahi Yusuf
    Take ownership of constituency projects – ICPC, NOA tell citizens
     The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission ICPC on Tuesday advised citizens in Plateau to take ownership of constituency projects for sustainability The Chairman of the commission Prof Bolaji Owasanoye gave the advice in Jos during a Town Hall meeting organised by the ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency NOA It had its theme as My constituency My project Owasanoye said the campaign which was launched in November 2019 was aimed at stopping corruption and tracking projects to see if they were done satisfactorily You need to take ownership of the projects for sustainability in the long term constituency and other projects are funded by government with public money They are not gifts or donations to your community by political representatives they belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people In our drive to stop corruption in projects executed by government ICPC launched this campaign to track projects to see if they were executed and if they were done satisfactorily he said He said that the exercise had led to the recovery of equipment and machinery meant for the benefit of the people and had also recovered money for the government from those who did not execute projects under performed or inflated the cost of projects Owasanoye urged citizens to get involved and follow up projects approved for their respective communities adding that citizens should report suspected representatives when they were being shortchanged and denied of their rights The Director General NOA Dr Garba Abari in a speech said that when communities took ownership of projects there would be genuine interest to preserve and protect them Abari said that it would also ensure that contractors who were eager to maximise profits executed the projects to the highest standards required According to him it is imperative that a new template for implementing the constituency projects be adopted adding that the template under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC will make the people own the entire process from conception to execution He added that it was only through the new template that the aim of bringing government to the grassroots would be achieved The Chairman Association of Local Governments of Nigeria ALGON Plateau Chapter Mr Ezekiel Pabut in an address described the meeting as significant and timely Pabut said that the project would give citizens a platform to assess the performance of representatives and point out gray areas which needed improvement He added that local government chairmen in the state were working hard to ensure that they provided facilities that would better the lives of their community members Editing by Vivian Ihechu and Abdullahi Yusuf
    Take ownership of constituency projects – ICPC, NOA tell citizens
    General news3 years ago

    Take ownership of constituency projects – ICPC, NOA tell citizens

    The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) on Tuesday advised citizens in Plateau to take ownership of constituency projects for sustainability.

    The Chairman of the commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, gave the advice  in Jos during  a Town Hall meeting organised by the ICPC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

    It had its theme as : “My constituency, My project’’.

    Owasanoye said the campaign which was launched in November 2019 was aimed  at stopping corruption and tracking projects to see if they were done satisfactorily.

    “You need to take ownership of the projects for sustainability in the long term, constituency and other projects are funded by government with public money.

    “They are not gifts or donations to your community by political representatives, they belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people.

    “In our drive to stop corruption in projects executed by government, ICPC launched this campaign to track projects to see if they were executed and if they were done satisfactorily,” he said.

    He said that the exercise had led to the recovery of equipment and machinery meant for the benefit of the people and had also recovered money for the government from those who did not execute projects, under-performed or inflated the cost of projects.

    Owasanoye urged citizens to get involved and follow up projects approved for their respective communities, adding that citizens should report suspected representatives when they were being shortchanged and denied of their rights.

    The Director-General, NOA, Dr Garba Abari, in a speech, said that when communities took ownership of projects, there would be genuine interest to preserve and protect them.

    Abari said that it would also ensure that contractors who were eager to maximise profits, executed the projects to the highest standards required.

    According to him, it is  imperative that a new template for implementing the constituency projects be adopted, adding that the template under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC will  make the people own the entire process from conception to execution.

    He added that it was only through the new template that the aim of bringing government to the grassroots would be achieved.

    The Chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON), Plateau  Chapter, Mr Ezekiel Pabut, in an address described the meeting as significant and timely.

    Pabut said that the project would give citizens a platform to assess the performance of representatives and point out gray areas which  needed  improvement.

    He added that local government chairmen in the state were working hard to ensure that they provided facilities that would better the lives of their community members.

    Editing  by Vivian Ihechu and Abdullahi Yusuf

  •  The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC on Tuesday said constituency projects were never gifts or donations to communities from legislators but projects built by government with public funds The Chairman of the Commission Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said this at a town hall meeting in Akure organised for various stakeholders tagged My Constituency My Project Owasanoye represented by the Commissioner in charge of Osun Ekiti and Ondo States Mr Baba Shuaib said people s representatives legislators just selected the projects based on closeness to the people Owasanoye urged Nigerians to always get involved in projects being sited in their communities and always request audience from their representatives We wish to state with emphasis that constituency and other projects are funded by government with public money This means that the projects are not gifts or donations to your community by political representatives They belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people Your representatives in the legislature who select constituency projects do so because they are close to you and it is expected that they understand your needs better You should therefore work with them to make sure that projects chosen for you actually reflect your needs across to them You can follow up on your projects approved for your community by asking for information on them he said Owasanoye said by monitoring projects in the communities it would also help legislators who might not know how contractors were performing on the field and invariably helping to deliver durable projects to the community The Director General National Orientation Agency NOA Dr Garba Abari said projects were inserted or sponsored by members of the National Assembly during the budget cycle to drive the need to get development closer to the grassroots Abari represented by the Ondo State Director of NOA Mr Bode Famose said constituency projects appeared to have come to stay in the country despite the hot debate around it The public perception of these constituency projects is that it is a largesse disbursed by government to legislators as part of the perquisites of office In fact in the past many of these projects were never done or left uncompleted In some other areas irrelevant projects were sited in communities requiring no such facilities Abari said it was important that a new template for implementing constituency projects be adopted The new template we advocate under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC is for the people to own the entire process beginning from conception to execution It is through this that the aims of bringing government to the grassroots will be achieved he said Our partnership is to change the perception so that citizens will begin to see the projects as theirs and therefore continue to make the needed contribution that will help to popularize democratic model of government in the country he said A working committee was later constituted to monitor and report on constituency projects in the state and they were drawn from all walks of life Edited By Abiodun Esan Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Constituency projects not gifts from legislators – ICPC
     The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC on Tuesday said constituency projects were never gifts or donations to communities from legislators but projects built by government with public funds The Chairman of the Commission Prof Bolaji Owasanoye said this at a town hall meeting in Akure organised for various stakeholders tagged My Constituency My Project Owasanoye represented by the Commissioner in charge of Osun Ekiti and Ondo States Mr Baba Shuaib said people s representatives legislators just selected the projects based on closeness to the people Owasanoye urged Nigerians to always get involved in projects being sited in their communities and always request audience from their representatives We wish to state with emphasis that constituency and other projects are funded by government with public money This means that the projects are not gifts or donations to your community by political representatives They belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people Your representatives in the legislature who select constituency projects do so because they are close to you and it is expected that they understand your needs better You should therefore work with them to make sure that projects chosen for you actually reflect your needs across to them You can follow up on your projects approved for your community by asking for information on them he said Owasanoye said by monitoring projects in the communities it would also help legislators who might not know how contractors were performing on the field and invariably helping to deliver durable projects to the community The Director General National Orientation Agency NOA Dr Garba Abari said projects were inserted or sponsored by members of the National Assembly during the budget cycle to drive the need to get development closer to the grassroots Abari represented by the Ondo State Director of NOA Mr Bode Famose said constituency projects appeared to have come to stay in the country despite the hot debate around it The public perception of these constituency projects is that it is a largesse disbursed by government to legislators as part of the perquisites of office In fact in the past many of these projects were never done or left uncompleted In some other areas irrelevant projects were sited in communities requiring no such facilities Abari said it was important that a new template for implementing constituency projects be adopted The new template we advocate under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC is for the people to own the entire process beginning from conception to execution It is through this that the aims of bringing government to the grassroots will be achieved he said Our partnership is to change the perception so that citizens will begin to see the projects as theirs and therefore continue to make the needed contribution that will help to popularize democratic model of government in the country he said A working committee was later constituted to monitor and report on constituency projects in the state and they were drawn from all walks of life Edited By Abiodun Esan Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Constituency projects not gifts from legislators – ICPC
    General news3 years ago

    Constituency projects not gifts from legislators – ICPC

    The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Tuesday said constituency projects were never gifts or donations to communities from legislators, but projects built by government with public funds.

    The Chairman of the Commission, Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, said this at a town hall meeting in Akure, organised for various stakeholders, tagged: “My Constituency, My Project”.

    Owasanoye, represented by the Commissioner in charge of Osun, Ekiti and Ondo States, Mr Baba Shuaib, said people’s representatives (legislators) just selected the projects based on closeness to the people.

    Owasanoye urged Nigerians to always get involved in projects being sited in their communities and always request audience from their representatives.

    “We wish to state with emphasis that constituency and other projects are funded by government with public money.

    “This means that the projects are not gifts or donations to your community by political representatives.

    “They belong to you as fruits of national resources and government responsibility to the people.

    “Your representatives in the legislature, who select constituency projects do so because they are close to you, and it is expected that they understand your needs better.

    “You should therefore work with them to make sure that projects chosen for you actually reflect your needs across to them.

    “You can follow up on your projects approved for your community by asking for information on them,” he said.

    Owasanoye said by monitoring projects in the communities, it would also help legislators who might not know how contractors were performing on the field and invariably helping to deliver durable projects to the community.

    The Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari, said projects were inserted or sponsored by members of the National Assembly during the budget cycle to drive the need to get development closer to the grassroots.

    Abari, represented by the Ondo State Director of NOA, Mr Bode Famose, said constituency projects appeared to have come to stay in the country, despite the hot debate around it.

    “The public perception of these constituency projects is that it is a largesse disbursed by government to legislators as part of the perquisites of office.

    “In fact, in the past, many of these projects were never done or left uncompleted.

    “In some other areas, irrelevant projects were sited in communities requiring no such facilities.”

    Abari said it was important that a new template for implementing constituency projects be adopted

    “The new template we advocate under the new partnership between NOA and ICPC is for the people to own the entire process beginning from conception to execution.

    “It is through this that the aims of bringing government to the grassroots will be achieved,” he said.

    “Our partnership is to change the perception so that citizens will begin to see the projects as theirs and therefore, continue to make the needed contribution that will help to popularize democratic model of government in the country,” he said.

    A working committee was later constituted to monitor and report on constituency projects in the state, and they were drawn from all walks of life.

     


    Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
    (NAN) 

     

  •  The Director General of National Orientation Agency NOA Dr Garba Abari has commended the entire staff of the agency in Kebbi for their commitment to duty The commendation was contained in a letter signed by the D G and sent to the state Director of the agency Mr Joseph Machika A copy of the letter which was made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday The letter reads I write to convey my appreciation and commendation to your entire staff of the agency in Kebbi State for the demonstration of commitment to duties hard work patriotism and continued contributions synergy with the state government The contribution is in the area of sensitisation mobilisation and civic education of the people of the state which has earned the agency the recent support from the state governor to renovate the NOA Kebbi office Dr Abari also extended his commendation to Mr Michika and entire staff of the directorate for the successful execution of the agency s programmes and activities in the state The D G urged the staff to continue with the good work and remain forthright in the service of the fatherland Edited By Abiodun Esan Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    NOA D-G commends staff for commitment to duties in Kebbi 
     The Director General of National Orientation Agency NOA Dr Garba Abari has commended the entire staff of the agency in Kebbi for their commitment to duty The commendation was contained in a letter signed by the D G and sent to the state Director of the agency Mr Joseph Machika A copy of the letter which was made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday The letter reads I write to convey my appreciation and commendation to your entire staff of the agency in Kebbi State for the demonstration of commitment to duties hard work patriotism and continued contributions synergy with the state government The contribution is in the area of sensitisation mobilisation and civic education of the people of the state which has earned the agency the recent support from the state governor to renovate the NOA Kebbi office Dr Abari also extended his commendation to Mr Michika and entire staff of the directorate for the successful execution of the agency s programmes and activities in the state The D G urged the staff to continue with the good work and remain forthright in the service of the fatherland Edited By Abiodun Esan Maharazu Ahmed NAN
    NOA D-G commends staff for commitment to duties in Kebbi 
    General news3 years ago

    NOA D-G commends staff for commitment to duties in Kebbi 

    The Director – General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari, has commended the entire staff of the agency in Kebbi for their commitment to duty.

    The commendation was contained  in a letter signed by the D-G  and sent to the state Director of the agency, Mr Joseph Machika.

    A copy of the letter, which was made available to the Nigeria News Agency in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday.

    The letter reads: “I write to convey my appreciation and commendation to your entire staff of the agency in Kebbi State for the demonstration of commitment to duties, hard work, patriotism and continued contributions/synergy with the state government.

    “The contribution is in the area of sensitisation, mobilisation and civic education of the people of the state which has earned the agency the recent support from the state governor to renovate the NOA Kebbi office.”

    Dr Abari also extended his commendation to Mr Michika and entire staff of the directorate for the successful execution of the agency’s programmes and activities in the state.

    The D-G urged the staff to continue with the good work and remain forthright in the service of the fatherland. .


    Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Maharazu Ahmed
    (NAN)

  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA says its South East zonal awareness campaign is to galvanize favourable opinions and support toward communicating government policies programmes and activities The Imo State NOA Director Mr Vitus Ekeocha said this at the South East Zonal Awareness Campaign on Communicating Government Policies Programmes and Activities organised by the agency in Owerri The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme had its focus on the Communication Health and Power Sectors Ekeocha said the programe was in line with NOA s mandate of ensuring that activities policies and programmes of the government were well understood by the citizenry He said that the programmer was equally aimed at feeling the pulse of the people on these policies programmes and activities Today the revolution in the communication sector has been of immense benenit to both the citizenry and government in communicating and understanding government programmes and policies The benefits derivable from the innovations in the communication sector have made it possible for the people to be aware of government s policies and programmes as well as make up their minds about these policies and programmes The health environment has been awash with outbreaks of diseases in various parts of the country how ready are the government and the people in taking measures to combat and contend with these outbreaks especially the Lasser fever and COVID 19 outbreak which have been declared pandemic by the WHO he said Ekeocha said that the power sector was a critical area of the economy as such that the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission was invited to enlighten the citizens of the south east on the various measures and policies undertaken by government in the power sector In a keynote address Dr Garba Abari the Director General of NOA represented by the Ebonyi State Director Dr Emmanuel Abah said the major objective of the programme was to bring to the people at the grassroots certain policies of government so they would not be left in dark The major objective of this programme is to bring to the consciousness of the people at the grassroots who either are aware or do not know the procedure s to access benefits of several policies and programmes of government The good people of Nigeria should be informed and made to understand what the government is doing how where when and how to benefit from it as citizens Most of the activities of government are communicated through electronic and print media which many rural dwellers cannot afford As a result many Nigerians are left in the dark about government policies and programmes thereby hindering feedback It is therefore with the consciousness of these realities that NOA in view of its mandate of sensitisation orientation awareness creation and harnessing feedback from citizens has deployed several platforms to reach out to the people he said Abari said that enhanced citizens participation was a key indicator of effective government communication adding that it was the role of government to build the capacity of citizens to provide government with feedbacks regarding its policies He listed some of the government s policies to include border closure patronising Made in Nigeria goods the Finance Act Tax Payment Social Safety Net Programme Online banking and the social media The director general said that the campaign was expected to elicit feedback that would be replicated in all states and 774 local government areas of the country Dr Austin Okeji the Director Public Health Ministry of Health Imo State highlighted some government s efforts at the containment of the recent Coronav rus and Lassa Fever outbreak in all health institutions in the state He addressed all fallacious statements made in respect to COVID 19 saying they are all baseless and without any scientific proof He said that isolation centres had been provided in all state hospitals across Imo in event of any reported case Okeji said there was also existing collaborations with the media education business sectors National Center for Disease Control as well as an Incident Command Structure with transport officers set up and mounted at various entry points in the state Pastor Ralph Afoaku a former Director General of Orient FM TV Owerri who spoke on the benefits of new communication system analysed communication as an important tool in disseminating government s policies programmes and activities He described the social media as a formidable tool of communication with feedback mechanism as its important feature Afoaku called participants to take advantage of the digital age so as not to leave communication gap in disseminating government s policies He however identified fake news and misrepresentation as some of the challenges of the social media and advised on the need to always verify information from news apps NAN reports that the campaign which had different keynote speakers from the health communication power security sectors had in attendance the media entrepreneurs civil society groups officials from the Human Rights Commission and others drawn from various ministries department and agencies Edited By Tajudeen Atitebi NAN
    NOA holds awareness campaign on communicating govt. policies, programmes in South East
     The National Orientation Agency NOA says its South East zonal awareness campaign is to galvanize favourable opinions and support toward communicating government policies programmes and activities The Imo State NOA Director Mr Vitus Ekeocha said this at the South East Zonal Awareness Campaign on Communicating Government Policies Programmes and Activities organised by the agency in Owerri The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme had its focus on the Communication Health and Power Sectors Ekeocha said the programe was in line with NOA s mandate of ensuring that activities policies and programmes of the government were well understood by the citizenry He said that the programmer was equally aimed at feeling the pulse of the people on these policies programmes and activities Today the revolution in the communication sector has been of immense benenit to both the citizenry and government in communicating and understanding government programmes and policies The benefits derivable from the innovations in the communication sector have made it possible for the people to be aware of government s policies and programmes as well as make up their minds about these policies and programmes The health environment has been awash with outbreaks of diseases in various parts of the country how ready are the government and the people in taking measures to combat and contend with these outbreaks especially the Lasser fever and COVID 19 outbreak which have been declared pandemic by the WHO he said Ekeocha said that the power sector was a critical area of the economy as such that the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission was invited to enlighten the citizens of the south east on the various measures and policies undertaken by government in the power sector In a keynote address Dr Garba Abari the Director General of NOA represented by the Ebonyi State Director Dr Emmanuel Abah said the major objective of the programme was to bring to the people at the grassroots certain policies of government so they would not be left in dark The major objective of this programme is to bring to the consciousness of the people at the grassroots who either are aware or do not know the procedure s to access benefits of several policies and programmes of government The good people of Nigeria should be informed and made to understand what the government is doing how where when and how to benefit from it as citizens Most of the activities of government are communicated through electronic and print media which many rural dwellers cannot afford As a result many Nigerians are left in the dark about government policies and programmes thereby hindering feedback It is therefore with the consciousness of these realities that NOA in view of its mandate of sensitisation orientation awareness creation and harnessing feedback from citizens has deployed several platforms to reach out to the people he said Abari said that enhanced citizens participation was a key indicator of effective government communication adding that it was the role of government to build the capacity of citizens to provide government with feedbacks regarding its policies He listed some of the government s policies to include border closure patronising Made in Nigeria goods the Finance Act Tax Payment Social Safety Net Programme Online banking and the social media The director general said that the campaign was expected to elicit feedback that would be replicated in all states and 774 local government areas of the country Dr Austin Okeji the Director Public Health Ministry of Health Imo State highlighted some government s efforts at the containment of the recent Coronav rus and Lassa Fever outbreak in all health institutions in the state He addressed all fallacious statements made in respect to COVID 19 saying they are all baseless and without any scientific proof He said that isolation centres had been provided in all state hospitals across Imo in event of any reported case Okeji said there was also existing collaborations with the media education business sectors National Center for Disease Control as well as an Incident Command Structure with transport officers set up and mounted at various entry points in the state Pastor Ralph Afoaku a former Director General of Orient FM TV Owerri who spoke on the benefits of new communication system analysed communication as an important tool in disseminating government s policies programmes and activities He described the social media as a formidable tool of communication with feedback mechanism as its important feature Afoaku called participants to take advantage of the digital age so as not to leave communication gap in disseminating government s policies He however identified fake news and misrepresentation as some of the challenges of the social media and advised on the need to always verify information from news apps NAN reports that the campaign which had different keynote speakers from the health communication power security sectors had in attendance the media entrepreneurs civil society groups officials from the Human Rights Commission and others drawn from various ministries department and agencies Edited By Tajudeen Atitebi NAN
    NOA holds awareness campaign on communicating govt. policies, programmes in South East
    General news3 years ago

    NOA holds awareness campaign on communicating govt. policies, programmes in South East

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) says its South East zonal awareness campaign is to galvanize  favourable opinions and support toward communicating government policies, programmes and activities.

    The Imo State NOA Director, Mr Vitus Ekeocha, said this at the South East Zonal Awareness Campaign on “Communicating Government Policies, Programmes and Activities” organised by the agency in Owerri.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme had its focus on “the Communication, Health and Power Sectors.”

    Ekeocha said the programe was in line with NOA’s mandate of ensuring that activities, policies and programmes of the government were well understood by the citizenry.

    He said that the programmer was equally aimed at feeling the pulse of the people on these policies, programmes and activities.

    “Today, the revolution in the communication sector has been of immense benenit to both the citizenry and government in communicating and understanding government programmes and policies.

    “The benefits derivable from the innovations in the communication sector have made it possible for the people to be aware of government’s policies and programmes as well as make up their minds about these policies and programmes.

    “The health environment has been awash with outbreaks of diseases in various parts of the country; how ready are the government and the people in taking measures to combat and contend with these outbreaks, especially the Lasser fever and COVID-19 outbreak which have been declared pandemic by the WHO,” he said.

    Ekeocha said that the power sector was a critical area of the economy as such that the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission was invited to enlighten the citizens of the south east on the various measures and policies undertaken by government in the power sector.

    In a keynote address, Dr Garba Abari, the Director General of NOA, represented by the Ebonyi State Director, Dr Emmanuel Abah, said the major objective of the programme was to bring to the people at the grassroots, certain policies of government, so they would not be left in dark.

    “The major objective of this programme is to bring to the consciousness of the people at the grassroots who either are aware or do not know the procedure (s) to access benefits of several policies and programmes of government.

    “The good people of Nigeria should be informed and made to understand what the government is doing, how, where, when and how to benefit from it as citizens.

    “Most of the activities of government are communicated through electronic and print media which many rural dwellers cannot afford.

    “As a result, many Nigerians are left in the dark about government policies and programmes, thereby hindering feedback.

    “It is, therefore, with the consciousness of these realities that NOA, in view of its mandate of sensitisation, orientation, awareness creation and harnessing feedback from citizens has deployed several platforms to reach out to the people,” he said.

    Abari said that enhanced citizens’ participation was a key indicator of effective government communication,  adding that it was the role of government to build the capacity of citizens to provide government with feedbacks regarding its policies.

    He listed some of the government’s policies to include, border closure, patronising Made-in-Nigeria goods, the Finance Act, Tax Payment, Social Safety Net Programme, Online banking and the social media.

    The director general said that the campaign was expected to elicit feedback that would be replicated in all states and 774 local government areas of the country.

    Dr Austin Okeji, the Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health, Imo State, highlighted some government’s efforts at the containment of the recent Coronavírus  and Lassa Fever outbreak in all health institutions in the state.

    He addressed all fallacious statements made in respect to COVID -19, saying “they are all baseless and without any scientific proof.”

    He said that isolation centres had been provided in all state hospitals across Imo in event of any reported case.

    Okeji said there was also existing collaborations with the media, education/business sectors, National Center for Disease Control as well as an Incident Command Structure with transport officers set up and mounted at various entry points in the state.

    Pastor Ralph Afoaku, a former Director General of Orient FM/ TV Owerri, who spoke on the benefits of new communication system, analysed communication as an important tool in disseminating government’s policies, programmes and activities,

    He described the social media as a formidable tool of communication with feedback mechanism as its important feature.

    Afoaku called participants to take advantage of the digital age so as not to leave communication gap in disseminating government’s policies.

    He, however, identified fake news and misrepresentation as some of the challenges of the social media and advised on the need to always verify information from news apps.

    NAN reports that the campaign which had different keynote speakers from the health, communication, power, security sectors, had in attendance the media, entrepreneurs, civil society groups, officials from the Human Rights Commission and others drawn from various ministries, department and agencies.


    Edited By: Tajudeen Atitebi
    (NAN)

  •  The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL on Monday inaugurated a training manual for religious leaders to promote peace using social media platforms The Coordinator of the NGO Mr Chido Onumah said while inaugurating the manual in Kaduna that the move was to engender the use of social media in promoting peace and religious harmony Nigeria News Agency reports that the manual was inaugurated at a town hall meeting on inter religious and intercultural dialogue organised by AFRICMIL Onumah said that the manual was specifically developed by AFRICMIL to help religious leaders and their followers to navigate the social media and promote peace and religious coexistence in the country He said that the manual was designed with support from Canada Fund for Local Initiative to among other things help users understand the effect of fake news hate speech propaganda and online radicalisation He added that it would also help religious leaders to understand the importance of Media Information Literacy MIL in promoting inter religious and intercultural dialogue and harmony It is our hope that religious leaders and their followers will be equipped with the needed skills that will enable them critically analyze information and news content We equally hope that the manual will enable them understand the risk and opportunities associated with fake and inciting news and become responsible and informed consumers and transmitters of information and opinion he said The coordinator expressed concern over growing fears of religious conflicts breaking out in the country which if not quickly checked would threaten the nation s peace and unity He noted that the country has increasingly degenerated from a united multi ethnic multi religious society into a theatre of unhealthy rivalry between Christianity and Islam He said that the current response to the rising tension through passage of a law to regulate social media was not the best way to go According to him what the country needs is not more regulation but more education and empowerment There is therefore urgent need to use media and information literacy positively in this era of information and communication technology particularly the internet revolution We should use MIL as a tool to change the behaviour of opinion moulders such as religious leaders in the society MIL is the ability to access and analyze interpret and make informed judgement as users of information and become skillful creators and producers of information and media messages It is therefore critical that religious leaders who play teaching and guiding role in their communities to critically analyze information and media content Also speaking the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria CAN in Kaduna State Rev Philip Hayab noted that dialogue was crucial to ensuring sustainable peace but advised that it should be done with sincerity of purpose According to him dialogue will only yield the desired results if those at the discussion table are sincere and want genuine peace Also Imam Mohammed Isah of Interfaith Mediation Centre thanked AFRICMIL for the efforts saying it would go a long way in sensitising religious leaders on how to use social media in propagating peace Isah who was represented by Imam Mahmud Raji said that religious leaders must accept new technology and use it wisely in moulding the behaviour of their followers On his part Dr Garba Abari Director General National Orientation Agency NOA equally thanked AFRICMIL for promoting peace in the country following the erosion of values amidst national insecurity Abari who was represented by his Special Assistant Mr David Akoji described sustainable peace as crucial to national development Similarly Mr Samuel Aruwan Commissioner Internal Security and Home Affairs noted that dialogue creates an atmosphere for mutual understanding Arwuwan said the training manual would promote peace in the state Edited By Shuaib Sadiq Maharazu Ahmed NAN Phone Email
    NGO inaugurates training manual for religious leaders to promote peace
     The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy AFRICMIL on Monday inaugurated a training manual for religious leaders to promote peace using social media platforms The Coordinator of the NGO Mr Chido Onumah said while inaugurating the manual in Kaduna that the move was to engender the use of social media in promoting peace and religious harmony Nigeria News Agency reports that the manual was inaugurated at a town hall meeting on inter religious and intercultural dialogue organised by AFRICMIL Onumah said that the manual was specifically developed by AFRICMIL to help religious leaders and their followers to navigate the social media and promote peace and religious coexistence in the country He said that the manual was designed with support from Canada Fund for Local Initiative to among other things help users understand the effect of fake news hate speech propaganda and online radicalisation He added that it would also help religious leaders to understand the importance of Media Information Literacy MIL in promoting inter religious and intercultural dialogue and harmony It is our hope that religious leaders and their followers will be equipped with the needed skills that will enable them critically analyze information and news content We equally hope that the manual will enable them understand the risk and opportunities associated with fake and inciting news and become responsible and informed consumers and transmitters of information and opinion he said The coordinator expressed concern over growing fears of religious conflicts breaking out in the country which if not quickly checked would threaten the nation s peace and unity He noted that the country has increasingly degenerated from a united multi ethnic multi religious society into a theatre of unhealthy rivalry between Christianity and Islam He said that the current response to the rising tension through passage of a law to regulate social media was not the best way to go According to him what the country needs is not more regulation but more education and empowerment There is therefore urgent need to use media and information literacy positively in this era of information and communication technology particularly the internet revolution We should use MIL as a tool to change the behaviour of opinion moulders such as religious leaders in the society MIL is the ability to access and analyze interpret and make informed judgement as users of information and become skillful creators and producers of information and media messages It is therefore critical that religious leaders who play teaching and guiding role in their communities to critically analyze information and media content Also speaking the Chairman Christian Association of Nigeria CAN in Kaduna State Rev Philip Hayab noted that dialogue was crucial to ensuring sustainable peace but advised that it should be done with sincerity of purpose According to him dialogue will only yield the desired results if those at the discussion table are sincere and want genuine peace Also Imam Mohammed Isah of Interfaith Mediation Centre thanked AFRICMIL for the efforts saying it would go a long way in sensitising religious leaders on how to use social media in propagating peace Isah who was represented by Imam Mahmud Raji said that religious leaders must accept new technology and use it wisely in moulding the behaviour of their followers On his part Dr Garba Abari Director General National Orientation Agency NOA equally thanked AFRICMIL for promoting peace in the country following the erosion of values amidst national insecurity Abari who was represented by his Special Assistant Mr David Akoji described sustainable peace as crucial to national development Similarly Mr Samuel Aruwan Commissioner Internal Security and Home Affairs noted that dialogue creates an atmosphere for mutual understanding Arwuwan said the training manual would promote peace in the state Edited By Shuaib Sadiq Maharazu Ahmed NAN Phone Email
    NGO inaugurates training manual for religious leaders to promote peace
    Religion3 years ago

    NGO inaugurates training manual for religious leaders to promote peace

    The African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), on Monday inaugurated a training manual for religious leaders to promote peace using social media platforms.

    The Coordinator of the NGO, Mr Chido Onumah, said while inaugurating the manual in Kaduna, that the move was to engender the use of social media in promoting peace and religious harmony.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the manual was inaugurated at a town hall meeting on inter-religious and intercultural dialogue, organised by AFRICMIL.

    Onumah said that the manual was specifically developed by AFRICMIL to help religious leaders and their followers to navigate the social media and promote peace and religious coexistence in the country.

    He said that the manual was designed with support from Canada Fund for Local Initiative, to among other things, help users understand the effect of fake news, hate speech, propaganda and online radicalisation.

    He added that it would also help religious leaders to understand the importance of Media Information Literacy (MIL) in promoting inter-religious and intercultural dialogue and harmony.

    “It is our hope that religious leaders and their followers will be equipped with the needed skills that will enable them critically analyze information and news content.

    “We equally hope that the manual will enable them understand the risk and opportunities associated with fake and inciting news and become responsible and informed consumers and transmitters of information and opinion,” he said.

    The coordinator expressed concern over growing fears of religious conflicts breaking out in the country, which if not quickly checked, would threaten the nation’s peace and unity.

    He noted that the country has increasingly degenerated from a united multi-ethnic, multi-religious society into a theatre of unhealthy rivalry between Christianity and Islam.

    He said that the current response to the rising tension through passage of a law to regulate social media was not the best way to go.

    According to him, what the  country needs is not more regulation, but more education and empowerment.

    “There is, therefore, urgent need to use media and information literacy positively in this era of information and communication technology, particularly the internet revolution.

    “We should use MIL as a tool to change the behaviour of opinion moulders such as religious leaders in the society.

    “MIL is the ability to access and analyze, interpret and make informed judgement as users of information and become skillful creators and producers of information and media messages.

    “It is, therefore, critical that religious leaders, who play  teaching and guiding role in their communities to critically analyze information and media content.”

    Also speaking, the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, Rev. Philip Hayab, noted that dialogue was crucial to ensuring sustainable peace, but advised that it should be done with sincerity of purpose.

    According to him, dialogue will only yield the desired results if those at the discussion table are sincere and want genuine peace.

    Also, Imam Mohammed Isah of Interfaith Mediation Centre, thanked AFRICMIL for the efforts, saying it would go a long way in sensitising religious leaders on how to use social media in propagating peace.

    Isah, who was represented by Imam Mahmud Raji, said that religious leaders must accept  new technology and use it wisely in moulding the behaviour of their followers.

    On his part, Dr Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), equally thanked AFRICMIL for promoting peace in the country, following the erosion of values amidst national insecurity.

    Abari, who was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr David Akoji, described sustainable peace as “crucial” to national development.

    Similarly, Mr Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, noted that dialogue creates an atmosphere for mutual understanding.

    Arwuwan said the training manual would promote peace in the state.


    Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Maharazu Ahmed
    (NAN)

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  •  The Federal Government has urged Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to comply with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act FOIA to promote transparency and good governance in the country The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Mr Abubakar Malami stated this at a stakeholders dialogue on evaluating the application of the FOIA and its impact on national development on Tuesday in Abuja Malami represented by Mr Ayo Bakare a Director in the Ministry said it was compulsory for all MDAs to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Act stressing that strict implementation of FOIA would tackle corruption in the agencies Also speaking Dr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA said the Agency had translated the FOIA into twenty three different indigenous languages Abari said that if well implemented the FOIA would further deepen the nation s democracy He said that The FOIA grants Nigerian citizens unfettered access to information required from any public institution The rationale is to among others ensure that there is public participation in governance the business of governance is open to public scrutiny laid down procedures in the conduct of public affairs are adhered to Also transparency and accountability in governance are institutionalised corruption is stemmed and scarce resources are judiciously deployed for the well being of citizens The NOA boss said that the Open Government Partnership OGP which Nigeria had subscribed to in 2016 is predicated on the need to promote transparency and accountability in governance NOA has been at the fore front of advocacy for citizens to explore the provisions of the FOIA Apart from training State Directors and other staff of the Agency to appreciate the provisions of the act the Agency has so far translated the FOIA into Hausa lgbo Yoruba and 20 other Nigerian languages We have also ensured regular update of our website with salient information for public consumption It is our hope that this review will enable us all as stakeholders to assess the implementation and impact of the FOIA in various public institutions And to also allow MDAs especially to peer review their performance with a view to making necessary adjustments toward improving their contributions to openness and transparency in the governance process Abari added Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was attended by heads of various MDAs representatives of Service Chiefs and other relevant stakeholders Edited By Shuaib Sadiq Rabiu Sani Ali
    FG tasks MDAs on FOIA to promote transpiracy, good governance
     The Federal Government has urged Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs to comply with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act FOIA to promote transparency and good governance in the country The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Mr Abubakar Malami stated this at a stakeholders dialogue on evaluating the application of the FOIA and its impact on national development on Tuesday in Abuja Malami represented by Mr Ayo Bakare a Director in the Ministry said it was compulsory for all MDAs to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Act stressing that strict implementation of FOIA would tackle corruption in the agencies Also speaking Dr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA said the Agency had translated the FOIA into twenty three different indigenous languages Abari said that if well implemented the FOIA would further deepen the nation s democracy He said that The FOIA grants Nigerian citizens unfettered access to information required from any public institution The rationale is to among others ensure that there is public participation in governance the business of governance is open to public scrutiny laid down procedures in the conduct of public affairs are adhered to Also transparency and accountability in governance are institutionalised corruption is stemmed and scarce resources are judiciously deployed for the well being of citizens The NOA boss said that the Open Government Partnership OGP which Nigeria had subscribed to in 2016 is predicated on the need to promote transparency and accountability in governance NOA has been at the fore front of advocacy for citizens to explore the provisions of the FOIA Apart from training State Directors and other staff of the Agency to appreciate the provisions of the act the Agency has so far translated the FOIA into Hausa lgbo Yoruba and 20 other Nigerian languages We have also ensured regular update of our website with salient information for public consumption It is our hope that this review will enable us all as stakeholders to assess the implementation and impact of the FOIA in various public institutions And to also allow MDAs especially to peer review their performance with a view to making necessary adjustments toward improving their contributions to openness and transparency in the governance process Abari added Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was attended by heads of various MDAs representatives of Service Chiefs and other relevant stakeholders Edited By Shuaib Sadiq Rabiu Sani Ali
    FG tasks MDAs on FOIA to promote transpiracy, good governance
    Metro3 years ago

    FG tasks MDAs on FOIA to promote transpiracy, good governance

    The Federal Government has urged Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to comply with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), to promote transparency and good governance in the country.

    The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami stated this at a stakeholders dialogue on evaluating the application of the FOIA and its impact on national development, on Tuesday  in Abuja.

    Malami represented by Mr Ayo Bakare, a Director in the Ministry said it was compulsory for all MDAs to adhere strictly to the provisions of the Act, stressing that strict implementation of  FOIA would tackle corruption in the agencies.

    Also speaking, Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), said the Agency had translated the FOIA into twenty three different indigenous languages.

    Abari said  that if well implemented, the FOIA would further deepen the nation’s democracy.

    He said that: “The FOIA grants Nigerian citizens unfettered access to information required from any public institution.

    “The rationale is to, among others, ensure that: there is public participation in governance; the business of governance is open to public scrutiny, laid down procedures in the conduct of public affairs are adhered to.

    “Also; transparency and accountability in governance are institutionalised, corruption is stemmed and scarce resources are judiciously deployed for the well being of citizens”.

    The NOA boss said that the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which Nigeria had subscribed to in 2016, is predicated on the need to promote transparency and accountability in governance.

    “NOA has been at the fore front of advocacy for citizens to explore the provisions of the FOIA.

    “Apart from training State Directors and other staff of the Agency to appreciate the provisions of the act, the Agency has so far translated the FOIA into Hausa, lgbo, Yoruba and 20 other Nigerian languages.

    “We have also ensured regular update of our website with salient information for public consumption.

    “It is our hope that this review will enable us all as stakeholders to assess the implementation and impact of the FOIA in various public institutions.

    “And to also allow MDAs especially to peer review their performance with a view to making necessary adjustments toward improving their contributions to openness and transparency in the governance process,” Abari added.

    Nigeria News Agency reports that the event was attended by heads of various MDAs, representatives of Service Chiefs and other relevant stakeholders.


    Edited By: Shuaib Sadiq/Rabiu Sani Ali

  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA says it is collaborating with the Mike Omotosho s Foundation MOF to draw Nigerians attention to the Hepatitis scourge According to Mr Garba Abari Director General of NOA the partnership is focused on ridding the nation of the disease by creating more awareness Abari in a speech at a ceremony to flag off the commencement of Free Screening and Subsidised Vaccination in Achieving Zero Hepatitis Project in Nigeria on Mondag in Abuja said that the partnership would reinvigorate the need for health consciousness We are marking the beginning of Zero Hepatitis in Nigeria the campaign will buttress the management of Type B which has no cure but can be prevented through vaccination More than 10 percent of people are already infected World Health Organisation WHO says out of 27 million Nigerians only five million are aware of their status The reality of the endemic has made it imperative that we leverage on our platform to create awareness about the disease for individual to make decisions in seeking medical remedy We believe that knowledge is power as well as awareness creation because it gives us the authority to consciously seek to know our status If negative get vaccinated but if positive get counsel on how to manage the condition Hepatitis B infection is not a death sentence the NOA boss said He further said that NOA s partnership with MOF was built on mutual commitment to the welfare of the people and for knowledge empowerment which will play an important role The collaboration centres on the fulfillment of the Agency s mandate to promote partnership with relevant institutions in achieving national goals For Hepatitis virus not to turn to a national health emergency we are compelled to create awareness The plan is to draw as many as possible to join us in the campaign We are targeting state media health sector players and government organisations Also the Civil Society Organisations CSOs and corporate individuals should ensure that we create a wave so that it will be difficult to ignore the Hepatitis disease We are determined to prohibit the Hepatitis scourge from becoming like the annual Lassa fever through robust sensitisation free screening and subsidised vaccination Abari said He added that NOA had set up a centre in its headquarter to carry out free screening and subsidised vaccination for the people within that vicinity Mr Mike Omotosho a pharmacist and philanthropist in his remarks said that it was necessary to educate Nigerians about the dangers of the disease Omotosho said that it was sad that a huge number of people were living with the disease without being aware Hepatitis is a silent killer with mundane and similar symptoms as ordinary flu In some cases there may not be symptoms at all the pharmacist said Omotosho President of the Nigerian Hepatitis Zero Commission said that the disease was an infection that affected the liver stressing that it was more terrible with Hepatitis B and C He emphasised the need for Nigerians to get talking get tested get vaccinated and get treated Edited By Chinyere Bassey and Ephraims Sheyin
    NOA, Omotosho foundation partner to rid Nigeria of Hepatitis
     The National Orientation Agency NOA says it is collaborating with the Mike Omotosho s Foundation MOF to draw Nigerians attention to the Hepatitis scourge According to Mr Garba Abari Director General of NOA the partnership is focused on ridding the nation of the disease by creating more awareness Abari in a speech at a ceremony to flag off the commencement of Free Screening and Subsidised Vaccination in Achieving Zero Hepatitis Project in Nigeria on Mondag in Abuja said that the partnership would reinvigorate the need for health consciousness We are marking the beginning of Zero Hepatitis in Nigeria the campaign will buttress the management of Type B which has no cure but can be prevented through vaccination More than 10 percent of people are already infected World Health Organisation WHO says out of 27 million Nigerians only five million are aware of their status The reality of the endemic has made it imperative that we leverage on our platform to create awareness about the disease for individual to make decisions in seeking medical remedy We believe that knowledge is power as well as awareness creation because it gives us the authority to consciously seek to know our status If negative get vaccinated but if positive get counsel on how to manage the condition Hepatitis B infection is not a death sentence the NOA boss said He further said that NOA s partnership with MOF was built on mutual commitment to the welfare of the people and for knowledge empowerment which will play an important role The collaboration centres on the fulfillment of the Agency s mandate to promote partnership with relevant institutions in achieving national goals For Hepatitis virus not to turn to a national health emergency we are compelled to create awareness The plan is to draw as many as possible to join us in the campaign We are targeting state media health sector players and government organisations Also the Civil Society Organisations CSOs and corporate individuals should ensure that we create a wave so that it will be difficult to ignore the Hepatitis disease We are determined to prohibit the Hepatitis scourge from becoming like the annual Lassa fever through robust sensitisation free screening and subsidised vaccination Abari said He added that NOA had set up a centre in its headquarter to carry out free screening and subsidised vaccination for the people within that vicinity Mr Mike Omotosho a pharmacist and philanthropist in his remarks said that it was necessary to educate Nigerians about the dangers of the disease Omotosho said that it was sad that a huge number of people were living with the disease without being aware Hepatitis is a silent killer with mundane and similar symptoms as ordinary flu In some cases there may not be symptoms at all the pharmacist said Omotosho President of the Nigerian Hepatitis Zero Commission said that the disease was an infection that affected the liver stressing that it was more terrible with Hepatitis B and C He emphasised the need for Nigerians to get talking get tested get vaccinated and get treated Edited By Chinyere Bassey and Ephraims Sheyin
    NOA, Omotosho foundation partner to rid Nigeria of Hepatitis
    Entertainment3 years ago

    NOA, Omotosho foundation partner to rid Nigeria of Hepatitis

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA), says it is collaborating with the Mike Omotosho’s Foundation (MOF), to draw Nigerians’ attention to the Hepatitis scourge.

    According to Mr Garba Abari, Director-General of NOA, the partnership is focused on ridding the nation of the disease by creating more awareness.

    Abari, in a speech at a ceremony to flag-off the commencement of “Free Screening and Subsidised Vaccination in Achieving Zero Hepatitis Project in Nigeria” on Mondag in Abuja, said that the partnership would reinvigorate the need for health consciousness.

    “We are marking the beginning of Zero Hepatitis in Nigeria; the campaign will buttress the management of Type B, which has no cure but can be prevented through vaccination.

    “More than 10 percent of people are already infected. World Health Organisation (WHO), says out of 27 million Nigerians, only five million are aware of their status.

    “The reality of the endemic has made it imperative that we leverage on our platform to create awareness about the disease for individual to make decisions in seeking medical remedy.

    “We believe that knowledge is power as well as awareness creation, because it gives us the authority to consciously seek to know our status.

    “If negative, get vaccinated, but if positive, get counsel on how to manage the condition. Hepatitis B infection is not a death sentence,’’ the NOA boss said.

    He further said that NOA’s partnership with MOF was built on mutual commitment to the welfare of the people and for knowledge empowerment which will play an important role.

    “The collaboration centres on the fulfillment of the Agency’s mandate to promote partnership with relevant institutions in achieving national goals.

    “For Hepatitis virus not to turn to a national health emergency, we are compelled to create awareness.

    “The plan is to draw as many as possible to join us in the campaign. We are targeting state, media, health sector players and government organisations.

    “Also, the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and corporate individuals should ensure that we create a wave so that it will be difficult to ignore the Hepatitis disease.

    “We are determined to prohibit the Hepatitis scourge from becoming like the annual Lassa fever, through robust sensitisation, free screening and subsidised vaccination,” Abari said.

    He added that NOA had set up a centre in its headquarter to carry out free screening and subsidised vaccination for the people within that vicinity.

    Mr Mike Omotosho, a pharmacist and philanthropist, in his remarks, said that it was necessary to educate Nigerians about the dangers of the disease.

    Omotosho said that it was sad that a huge number of people were living with the disease without being aware.

    “Hepatitis is a silent killer with mundane and similar symptoms as ordinary flu. In some cases, there may not be symptoms at all,’’ the pharmacist said.

    Omotosho, President of the Nigerian Hepatitis Zero Commission, said that the disease was an infection that affected the liver, stressing that it was more terrible with Hepatitis B and C.

    He emphasised the need for Nigerians to “get talking, get tested, get vaccinated and get treated”.


    Edited By: Chinyere Bassey and Ephraims Sheyin

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