The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has expressed willingness to partner with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders toward curbing vote-buying in Nigeria, ahead of 2023 poll.
The Director-Deneral, NOA, Dr Garba Abari, said this when he declared open a capacity building training for members of staff in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by NOA’s Assistant Director, Press, Mr Paul Odenyi.
Odenyi said that Abari was represented by the Director, Special Duties and State Operations, Mrs Mette Edekobi at the event.
He quoted Abari as saying that the agency would leverage on its existing relationship with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to keep Nigerians well informed on the 2023 general elections.
According to him, NOA, in line with its mandate, is poised to lead the charge of voter education, sensitisation and mobilisation ahead of the elections.
The director-general tasked members of staff to be ready at all times to communicate essential electoral information to Nigerians using various conventional and unconventional channels.
According to him, NOA will also be at the forefront of combating fake news and hate speech which are bound to be on the rise during the electioneering period.
“We will discourage electoral violence and ensure free, fair and credible elections, come 2023,’’ Abari said.
He said that the training would be cascaded to the State Directorates and Local Government Offices of the agency to ensure uniformity of preparedness.
He expressed optimism that with massive deployment of members of staff on voter sensitisation duties across the country, Nigerians would have a better informed electoral outing that would help deepen the nation’s democracy. (
As Nigerians join the rest of the world to mark the 2020 Internet Safety Day, Mrs Seember Nyager, Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google, on Tuesday commended the Federal Government for introducing online safety in schools’ curriculum.
Nyager was speaking in Abuja at the launch of the ‘Be Internet Awesome’ in commemoration of the day.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that ‘Be Internet Awesome’ is a flagship programme of Google in collaboration with Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC) designed to bring internet safer to children and parents.
She said that Google had taken a giant step to support teachers’ training to equip them on the emerging trends in the world.
According to her, the essence of the Internet Safety Day is to make students responsible.
“Google has worked with relevant stakeholders in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa to equip students with the knowledge on how to be safe when using the internet.
“Last year we worked with the Ministry of Education, Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) and others.
“The essence was to see to it that we catch the children young and the Minister of Education has now announced that online safety be introduced into school curriculum.
“The minister has called on all commissioners for education in the states, UBEC and all Basic Education Board heads to make sure that online safety are taught in schools,’’ she said.
Nyager further said that the organisation would continue to monitor progress to see how internet safety was being taught in schools.
She explained that the organisation was also working with state governments to ensure compliance.
Also, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari, said there was need to also equip parents digitally so that both parents and children would be on the same page when using the internet.
Abari, who was represented by Mrs Mette Edekobi, Director, Special Duties/State Operations, NOA, said that it was important for parents and caregivers to take control of children’s online experience.
He said that responsible use of the internet should be encouraged and monitored by parents to be able to checkmate the children on proper use of the internet.
“We have complained about the youth going the wrong way but our business is to ensure that parents begin to look at the problems rather than complaining about the use of the internet by children.
“Our call in the agency is not to the children but to the parents to know what to do to the children who use the internet.
“It is high time for parents to begin to follow their children instead of shifting them away, as this will help them know what the children are doing.
“This is a smart generation and we need smart parents to do that for all to be safe in the use of the internet,” Abari said.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Adeleye Ajayi
Dr Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), says patriotism and hard work are panacea to attaining greatness in Nigeria.
Abari stated this in Abuja on Tuesday at a one day sensitisation program on Ethics and National core value for students in Nasarawa state.
Abari, who was represented by the Director in charge of Special Duties, Mrs Mette Edekobi also expressed concern over the high rate of drug abuse and indiscipline amongst youths.
He said the trend was harmful to youths.
“Vices of drug addiction indecent dressing, rape, cultism, armed robbery, election violence and exam malpractices today have strong grips on our youths.
“These vices can only destroy a person; there is no example in the world where vices have promoted anyone.
“The older generation, as responsible citizens must be concerned about the direction of the nation’s future as reflected in the attitudes of our youth.
Abari urged parents, school authorities and other stakeholders within the education system to play their roles in influencing students to imbibe the right values.
Also, Mr Saidu Salihu, Area Commander, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, Nasarawa, said that more than 50 percent of crimes witness in the society were perpetrated by drugs addicts.
He urged the students to say “NO” to vices as studies have shown that vices can present seeming enjoyment “but such pleasure is only short-lived then give way for long term pains.’
Mrs Priscilla Gondoalor, Director, NOA, Nasarawa, however charged parents to guard their wards against being use by people of questionable characters to destroy the country.
Edited by: Ekemini Ladejobi
The Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Garba Abari has urged the youth to join the campaign to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Abari’s call is contained in a statement issued by the Deputy Director (Press), Mr Fidel Agu which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
Abari, who spoke at a one-day sensitisation workshop on “Environmental Sustainability and Civic Education’’ noted that the youth were key instrument to ensuring the quest for a sustainable environment.
Abari was represented by the Director of Special Duties in the agency, Mrs Mette Edekobi.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the workshop was attended by students from different secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Abari stressed the need for the students to imbibe habits of cleanliness and responsibility in ensuring that their environment was kept clean always.
“Imbibe the national core values of discipline, integrity, dignity of labour, social justice, religious tolerance, self-reliance and patriotism for a better society.
“This is in line with the “Change Begins with Me” reorientation programme of government,’’ Abari said.
NOA also donated library materials to Government Secondary School (GSS) Nyanya, Abuja, where the event was held and urged the students to read wide.
The statement quoted Mrs Blessing Ezendu, the Principal, GSS Nyanya as saying “the workshop was timely considering the impacts of climate change’’.
Ezendu said that everyone had a part to play in ensuring a sustainable environment.
“This will help to create awareness and discourage greenhouse emissions, deforestation, use of non-biodegradable materials and other climate change inducing practices in the community.’’
Edited by: Gregory Mmaduakolam/Ese E. Ekama