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  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA and National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS are collaborating to enhance healthcare delivery to Nigerians especially at the grassroots Mr Garba Abari the Director General of NOA said this on Tuesday at a retreat organised by NHIS and NOA for state directors as well as other officers in Abuja The partnership is expedient to ensure that majority of our citizens have access to quality and affordable healthcare services irrespective of their place of domain Abari said He tasked the state directors and officers to be ready to create awareness enlightenment and educate Nigerians especially at the grassroots on the benefits of registering with NHIS scheme So it is now NOA s responsibility to use our robust platform of its presence in all the 774 local government areas to communicate and sensitise the citizenry about this The statutory responsibility of public enlightenment mass mobilisation and social re orientation of citizens on all issues of public concern rests on the agency Our members of staff are armed with relevant information to disseminate using the health orientation and other platforms of the agency The education campaigns to increase knowledge and understanding of the NHIS are narrow and have not penetrated many communities where information about it was really needed So the partnership will help to create overwhelming awareness and also change any negative attitude about the scheme Abari said He recommended that a comprehensive community consultation plan be established and implemented to increase awareness among community members Abari appealed that the consultation should include clinics schools pension pay points cooperative associations market men and women okada riders and others Studies have revealed that low income households are initially unwilling to subscribe to such health insurance scheme because they lack knowledge They always think such programmes are for the rich and urban dwellers So we need to change their belief The degree to which knowledge influences utilisation acceptability and smooth implementation of healthcare interventions have been investigated in other countries and found to be indeed relevant There is an urgent need to improve on public knowledge on NHIS its uptake and acceptability in Nigeria Abari said He promised that NOA would work closely with NHIS and offer assistance using its national advocacy footprint and time tested capacity for the grassroots Prof Usman Yusuf the Executive Secretary of NHIS said had resolved to partner with NOA to create awareness on the benefits of the scheme NHIS has not reached the people they are meant to reach A lot of people don t know what we do especially the ones in the rural communities they assume the scheme is for the elites It is quite unfortunate that after 11 years of establishing NHIS it has only covered 3 to 4 per cent of the populace which makes me think we must have been doing the wrong thing NHIS has the potential to make a difference in the life and healthcare delivery to our people It creates an avenue where everyone can access health care irrespective of his financial capacity Yusuf said He stated that the robust platform of NOA would go a long way to educate enlighten and create the very much needed awareness on the scheme at the grassroots It has not used various channels to improve penetration people have also not carried out advocacy visits So NOA is an agency and channel that I think should be harnessed properly and strongly focused on Edited by Tola Okinbaloye Ese E Ekama NAN
    NOA, NHIS collaborate to enhance grassroots healthcare delivery
     The National Orientation Agency NOA and National Health Insurance Scheme NHIS are collaborating to enhance healthcare delivery to Nigerians especially at the grassroots Mr Garba Abari the Director General of NOA said this on Tuesday at a retreat organised by NHIS and NOA for state directors as well as other officers in Abuja The partnership is expedient to ensure that majority of our citizens have access to quality and affordable healthcare services irrespective of their place of domain Abari said He tasked the state directors and officers to be ready to create awareness enlightenment and educate Nigerians especially at the grassroots on the benefits of registering with NHIS scheme So it is now NOA s responsibility to use our robust platform of its presence in all the 774 local government areas to communicate and sensitise the citizenry about this The statutory responsibility of public enlightenment mass mobilisation and social re orientation of citizens on all issues of public concern rests on the agency Our members of staff are armed with relevant information to disseminate using the health orientation and other platforms of the agency The education campaigns to increase knowledge and understanding of the NHIS are narrow and have not penetrated many communities where information about it was really needed So the partnership will help to create overwhelming awareness and also change any negative attitude about the scheme Abari said He recommended that a comprehensive community consultation plan be established and implemented to increase awareness among community members Abari appealed that the consultation should include clinics schools pension pay points cooperative associations market men and women okada riders and others Studies have revealed that low income households are initially unwilling to subscribe to such health insurance scheme because they lack knowledge They always think such programmes are for the rich and urban dwellers So we need to change their belief The degree to which knowledge influences utilisation acceptability and smooth implementation of healthcare interventions have been investigated in other countries and found to be indeed relevant There is an urgent need to improve on public knowledge on NHIS its uptake and acceptability in Nigeria Abari said He promised that NOA would work closely with NHIS and offer assistance using its national advocacy footprint and time tested capacity for the grassroots Prof Usman Yusuf the Executive Secretary of NHIS said had resolved to partner with NOA to create awareness on the benefits of the scheme NHIS has not reached the people they are meant to reach A lot of people don t know what we do especially the ones in the rural communities they assume the scheme is for the elites It is quite unfortunate that after 11 years of establishing NHIS it has only covered 3 to 4 per cent of the populace which makes me think we must have been doing the wrong thing NHIS has the potential to make a difference in the life and healthcare delivery to our people It creates an avenue where everyone can access health care irrespective of his financial capacity Yusuf said He stated that the robust platform of NOA would go a long way to educate enlighten and create the very much needed awareness on the scheme at the grassroots It has not used various channels to improve penetration people have also not carried out advocacy visits So NOA is an agency and channel that I think should be harnessed properly and strongly focused on Edited by Tola Okinbaloye Ese E Ekama NAN
    NOA, NHIS collaborate to enhance grassroots healthcare delivery
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    NOA, NHIS collaborate to enhance grassroots healthcare delivery

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) and National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) are collaborating to enhance healthcare delivery to Nigerians, especially at the grassroots.

     

    Mr Garba Abari, the Director-General of NOA said this on Tuesday at a retreat organised by NHIS and NOA for state directors as well as other officers in Abuja.

     

    “The partnership is expedient to ensure that majority of our citizens have access to quality and affordable healthcare services irrespective of their place of domain,’’ Abari said.

     

    He tasked the state directors and officers to be ready to create awareness, enlightenment and educate Nigerians, especially at the grassroots on the benefits of registering with NHIS scheme.

     

    “So it is now NOA’s responsibility to use our robust platform of its presence in all the 774 local government areas to communicate and sensitise the citizenry about this.

     

    “The statutory responsibility of public enlightenment mass mobilisation and social re-orientation of citizens on all issues of public concern rests on the agency.

     

    “Our members of staff are armed with relevant information to disseminate using the health orientation and other platforms of the agency.

     

    “The education campaigns to increase knowledge and understanding of the NHIS are narrow and have not penetrated many communities where information about it was really needed.

     

    “So the partnership will help to create overwhelming awareness and also change any negative attitude about the scheme,’’ Abari said.

     

    He recommended that a comprehensive community consultation plan be established and implemented to increase awareness among community members.

     

    Abari appealed that the consultation should include clinics, schools, pension pay points, cooperative associations, market men and women, okada riders and others.

     

    “Studies have revealed that low income households are initially unwilling to subscribe to such health insurance scheme because they lack knowledge.

     

    “They always think such programmes are for the rich and urban dwellers. So we need to change their belief.

     

    “The degree to which knowledge influences utilisation, acceptability and smooth implementation of healthcare interventions have been investigated in other countries and found to be indeed relevant.

     

    “There is an urgent need to improve on public knowledge on NHIS, its uptake and acceptability in Nigeria,’’ Abari said.

     

    He promised that NOA would work closely with NHIS and offer assistance using its national advocacy footprint and time tested capacity for the grassroots.

     

    Prof. Usman Yusuf, the Executive Secretary of NHIS said had resolved to partner with NOA to create awareness on the benefits of the scheme.

     

    “NHIS has not reached the people they are meant to reach.

     

    “A lot of people don’t know what we do, especially the ones in the rural communities, they assume the scheme is for the elites.

     

    “It is quite unfortunate that after 11 years of establishing NHIS, it has only covered 3 to 4 per cent of the populace which makes me think we must have been doing the wrong thing.

     

    “NHIS has the potential to make a difference in the life and healthcare delivery to our people.

     

    “It creates an avenue where everyone can access health care irrespective of his financial capacity,’’ Yusuf said.

     

    He stated that the robust platform of NOA would go a long way to educate, enlighten and create the very much needed awareness on the scheme at the grassroots.

     

    “It has not used various channels to improve penetration; people have also not carried out advocacy visits.

     

    “So NOA is an agency and channel that I think should be harnessed properly and strongly focused on.

    Edited by: Tola Okinbaloye/Ese E. Ekama
    (NAN)

     

  •  Mr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA on Tuesday stressed the need for attitudinal change in order for us to have accelerated development and peace in the country Abari said this during an award ceremony to honour those who helped Internally Displaced Persons IDPs in the country in Abuja where NOA collaborated with an NGO Love to the World Initiate He added that the ceremony tagged Heal the Land Bridge Builders Award was meant to build a harmonious and happy society The NOA boss acknowledged the zeal and passion in the President of Love to the World Initiate Mrs Josephine Anumbor to see Nigeria as one entity in love and peace He said Mrs Josephine Anumbor has shown us that she is a true Nigerian with her commitment and consistency in the things that will make the country great He noted that change in attitude for the better would make room for government to evolve more people oriented programmes He emphasised that the Bridge Builders award was needed to shift attention from negative to positive activities in the country saying we should embrace the culture of showing love to all irrespective of religion and ethnicity NOA has been working assiduously to ameliorate the hurts and placate the minds of those who suffered one kind of pain or the other In her speech Anumbor said the collaboration with NOA to organise the award was her little way of giving back to society According to her the award is to challenge Nigerians to change their negative attitude and contribute from different spheres of influence to promote national development She said the Heal the Land event seeks to remedy the undeniable feeling of insecurity discontent and hopelessness that has resulted in violence destruction of lives property and infrastructure The bridge Builders award will be given to individuals and states who distinguished themselves in the promotion of peaceful coexistence religious tolerance and hospitality across the nation We are into the collaboration because we believe in the objective of the award to celebrate people who put in quality efforts for the country and humanity The awardees are the Sultan of Sokoto Sa d Abubakar III former President Goodluck Jonathan former President Abdulsalami Abubakar Aliko Dangote and Pauline Tallen The list also includes Sen Ahmed Markarfi Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imo and his wife former INEC Chairman Prof Attahiru Jega Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Attitudinal change will promote national devt. — NOA
     Mr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA on Tuesday stressed the need for attitudinal change in order for us to have accelerated development and peace in the country Abari said this during an award ceremony to honour those who helped Internally Displaced Persons IDPs in the country in Abuja where NOA collaborated with an NGO Love to the World Initiate He added that the ceremony tagged Heal the Land Bridge Builders Award was meant to build a harmonious and happy society The NOA boss acknowledged the zeal and passion in the President of Love to the World Initiate Mrs Josephine Anumbor to see Nigeria as one entity in love and peace He said Mrs Josephine Anumbor has shown us that she is a true Nigerian with her commitment and consistency in the things that will make the country great He noted that change in attitude for the better would make room for government to evolve more people oriented programmes He emphasised that the Bridge Builders award was needed to shift attention from negative to positive activities in the country saying we should embrace the culture of showing love to all irrespective of religion and ethnicity NOA has been working assiduously to ameliorate the hurts and placate the minds of those who suffered one kind of pain or the other In her speech Anumbor said the collaboration with NOA to organise the award was her little way of giving back to society According to her the award is to challenge Nigerians to change their negative attitude and contribute from different spheres of influence to promote national development She said the Heal the Land event seeks to remedy the undeniable feeling of insecurity discontent and hopelessness that has resulted in violence destruction of lives property and infrastructure The bridge Builders award will be given to individuals and states who distinguished themselves in the promotion of peaceful coexistence religious tolerance and hospitality across the nation We are into the collaboration because we believe in the objective of the award to celebrate people who put in quality efforts for the country and humanity The awardees are the Sultan of Sokoto Sa d Abubakar III former President Goodluck Jonathan former President Abdulsalami Abubakar Aliko Dangote and Pauline Tallen The list also includes Sen Ahmed Markarfi Gov Rochas Okorocha of Imo and his wife former INEC Chairman Prof Attahiru Jega Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    Attitudinal change will promote national devt. — NOA
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    Attitudinal change will promote national devt. — NOA

    Mr Garba Abari, the Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), on Tuesday, stressed the need for attitudinal change “in order for us to have accelerated

    development and peace in the country.”

    Abari said this during an award ceremony to honour those who helped Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country in Abuja, where NOA collaborated with an NGO “Love to the World Initiate.”

    He added that the ceremony, tagged “Heal the Land/ Bridge Builders Award’’ was meant to build a harmonious and happy society.

    The NOA boss acknowledged the zeal and passion in the President of Love to the World Initiate,

    Mrs Josephine Anumbor, to see Nigeria as one entity in love and peace.

    He said “Mrs Josephine Anumbor has shown us that she is a true Nigerian with her commitment and consistency in the things that will make the country great.”

    He noted that change in attitude for the better would make room for government to evolve more people-oriented programmes.

    He emphasised that the Bridge Builders award was needed to shift attention from negative to positive activities in the country, saying “we should embrace the culture of showing love to all, irrespective of religion and ethnicity.

    “NOA has been working assiduously to ameliorate the hurts and placate the minds of those who

    suffered one kind of pain or the other.”

    In her speech, Anumbor said the collaboration with NOA to organise the award was her little way of giving back to society.

    According to her, the award is to challenge Nigerians to change their negative attitude and

    contribute from different spheres of influence to promote national development.

    She said “the Heal the Land event seeks to remedy the undeniable feeling of insecurity, discontent and hopelessness that has resulted in violence, destruction of lives, property and infrastructure.

    “The bridge Builders’ award will be given to individuals and states who distinguished themselves in the promotion of peaceful coexistence, religious tolerance and hospitality across the nation.

    “We are into the collaboration because we believe in the objective of the award, to celebrate people who put in quality efforts for the country and humanity.”

    The awardees are the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa ád Abubakar III, former President Goodluck Jonathan, former President Abdulsalami Abubakar, Aliko Dangote and Pauline Tallen.

    The list also includes Sen. Ahmed Markarfi, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo and his wife,

    former INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega.

    Edited by: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA has commended an NGO called Love to the World Initiative on its preparations to honour some distinguished personalities in the country Mr Musa Chantu the Director of Orientation and Behavioural Modification of the Agency made the commendation at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja Chantu said NOA support the group s move to award some Nigerians with the Heal the Land Bridge Builders Award adding that it was a step in the right direction which could help in moving the country forward He said we are in support of the objectives of the Heal the Land award because it is an initiative to honour Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their different endeavors to the nation and humanity We want to take away our attention from the negative scenario and stories about our country to something that is positive thus the reward to the good among us a good step With such moves we can truly get the change that we desire you are all aware that the president recently launched the Change Begins With Me campaign change is no longer a slogan of a political party but a government programme for attitudinal change for us to change as a nation from where we are to where we want to be No one is perfect but you can see the good in a person and bring it out in order to encourage him or her Earlier the Chief Executive Officer of the organization Ms Josephine Abraham also known as Anumbor said that the purpose of the award was to portray the benefits of living together as one Nigeria Abraham said the award was also aimed at celebrating patriotic and detribalised Nigerians and states The recently established NGO was aimed at building one big peaceful Nigerian society with people of great future and happy people who were self confident and live together in harmony Its vision is to break barriers and to make Nigerians to realise that they need one another no matter the class It aims to build an unconditionally loving society by utilising dramas music talk shows motivational engagement and counselling Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    NOA commends NGO’s move to honour distinguished Nigerians
     The National Orientation Agency NOA has commended an NGO called Love to the World Initiative on its preparations to honour some distinguished personalities in the country Mr Musa Chantu the Director of Orientation and Behavioural Modification of the Agency made the commendation at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja Chantu said NOA support the group s move to award some Nigerians with the Heal the Land Bridge Builders Award adding that it was a step in the right direction which could help in moving the country forward He said we are in support of the objectives of the Heal the Land award because it is an initiative to honour Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their different endeavors to the nation and humanity We want to take away our attention from the negative scenario and stories about our country to something that is positive thus the reward to the good among us a good step With such moves we can truly get the change that we desire you are all aware that the president recently launched the Change Begins With Me campaign change is no longer a slogan of a political party but a government programme for attitudinal change for us to change as a nation from where we are to where we want to be No one is perfect but you can see the good in a person and bring it out in order to encourage him or her Earlier the Chief Executive Officer of the organization Ms Josephine Abraham also known as Anumbor said that the purpose of the award was to portray the benefits of living together as one Nigeria Abraham said the award was also aimed at celebrating patriotic and detribalised Nigerians and states The recently established NGO was aimed at building one big peaceful Nigerian society with people of great future and happy people who were self confident and live together in harmony Its vision is to break barriers and to make Nigerians to realise that they need one another no matter the class It aims to build an unconditionally loving society by utilising dramas music talk shows motivational engagement and counselling Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    NOA commends NGO’s move to honour distinguished Nigerians
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    NOA commends NGO’s move to honour distinguished Nigerians

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has commended an NGO called

    “Love to the World Initiative’’ on its preparations to honour some distinguished personalities in

    the country.

    Mr Musa Chantu, the Director of Orientation and Behavioural Modification of the Agency made the

    commendation at a news conference on Thursday in Abuja.

    Chantu said NOA support the group’s move to award some Nigerians with the “Heal the Land/Bridge Builders Award, adding that it was a step in the right direction which could help in moving the country forward.

    He said “we are in support of the objectives of the Heal the Land award because it is an initiative

    to honour Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their different endeavors to the nation and humanity.

    “We want to take away our attention from the negative scenario and stories about our country to something that is positive, thus the reward to the good among us a good step.

    “With such moves, we can truly get the change that we desire; you are all aware that the president recently launched the “Change Begins With Me’’ campaign; change is no longer a slogan of a political party but a government programme for attitudinal change for us to change as a nation from where we are to where we want to be.

    “No one is perfect but you can see the good in a person and bring it out in order to encourage him or her. ‘’

    Earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of the organization, Ms Josephine Abraham,

    also known as “Anumbor’’ said that the purpose of the award was to portray the benefits of living together as one Nigeria.

    Abraham said the award was also aimed at celebrating patriotic and detribalised Nigerians and

    states.

    The recently established NGO was aimed at building one big peaceful Nigerian society with people of great future and happy people who were self confident and live together in harmony.

    Its vision is to break barriers and to make Nigerians to realise that they need one another no matter the class.

    It aims to build an unconditionally loving society by utilising dramas, music, talk shows, motivational engagement and counselling.  

    (Edited by: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu)
    (NAN)

  •  A Non Governmental Organisation NGO Love To The World Initiative in collaboration with National Orientation Agency NOA is set to host the Heal The Land Bridge Builders Award in November The president of the NGO Mrs Josphine Abraham also known as Anumbor made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja She said the award was to remedy the undeniable feeling of insecurity and discontent following a spate of violence destruction of lives property and infrastructure as well as the lack of religious and ethnic tolerance In many parts of the country She added that the award also aims to appeal to the conscience of every Nigerian irrespective of tribe religion political affiliations and status to change from selfishness to selflessness and contribute to the progress of Nigeria The event is also to recognize and celebrate exemplary Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in promoting peaceful co existence brotherliness and religious tolerance in the nation The event to be hosted by National Orientation Agency and us will recognise six states out of the 36 states of the federation for their friendliness to visitors dwellers and businesses Awards will be given to individuals and states which have distinguished themselves in the promotion of peaceful co existence religious tolerance and hospitality across the nation Abraham said She explained that Nigerians must undermine the forces of discord by promoting harmony peaceful co existence tolerance and patriotism Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    NGO, NOA Bridge Builders Award holds in November
     A Non Governmental Organisation NGO Love To The World Initiative in collaboration with National Orientation Agency NOA is set to host the Heal The Land Bridge Builders Award in November The president of the NGO Mrs Josphine Abraham also known as Anumbor made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja She said the award was to remedy the undeniable feeling of insecurity and discontent following a spate of violence destruction of lives property and infrastructure as well as the lack of religious and ethnic tolerance In many parts of the country She added that the award also aims to appeal to the conscience of every Nigerian irrespective of tribe religion political affiliations and status to change from selfishness to selflessness and contribute to the progress of Nigeria The event is also to recognize and celebrate exemplary Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in promoting peaceful co existence brotherliness and religious tolerance in the nation The event to be hosted by National Orientation Agency and us will recognise six states out of the 36 states of the federation for their friendliness to visitors dwellers and businesses Awards will be given to individuals and states which have distinguished themselves in the promotion of peaceful co existence religious tolerance and hospitality across the nation Abraham said She explained that Nigerians must undermine the forces of discord by promoting harmony peaceful co existence tolerance and patriotism Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    NGO, NOA Bridge Builders Award holds in November
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    NGO, NOA Bridge Builders Award holds in November

    A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Love To The World Initiative, in collaboration with National Orientation Agency (NOA) is set to host the `Heal The Land/Bridge Builders Award’ in November.

    The president of the NGO, Mrs Josphine Abraham, also known as ‘Anumbor’ made this known in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja.

    She said the award was to remedy the undeniable feeling of insecurity and discontent following a spate of violence, destruction of lives, property and infrastructure, as well as the lack of religious and ethnic tolerance. In many parts of the country.

    She added that “the award also aims to appeal to the conscience of every Nigerian, irrespective of tribe, religion, political affiliations and status to change from selfishness to selflessness, and contribute to the progress of Nigeria.

    “The event is also to recognize and celebrate exemplary Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in promoting peaceful co-existence, brotherliness and religious tolerance in the nation.

    “The event, to be hosted by National Orientation Agency and us will recognise six states out of the 36 states of the federation for their friendliness to visitors, dwellers and businesses.

    “Awards will be given to individuals and states which have distinguished themselves in the promotion of peaceful co-existence, religious tolerance and hospitality across the nation,’’ Abraham said.

    She explained that Nigerians must undermine the forces of discord by promoting harmony, peaceful co-existence, tolerance and patriotism.

    Edited by: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

     

     

  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA and the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate PTAD are to verify pensioners in the North East to ensure prompt and accurate payment of pensions to retirees The agreement was reached during a courtesy visit to NOA s Director General Garba Abari by PTAD s Executive Secretary Mrs Sharon Ikeazor The agencies said the partnership was in line with government s efforts to rebuild confidence of Nigerians in the pension system Abari noted that citizens in the North East have for long felt alienated from the country owing to the security challenge in that zone The verification of pensioners in the zone will help restore their sense of belonging The senior citizens who have served the nation ought to retire and receive prompt and constant payment of pension claims Abari said He described the non payment of pensions as a systemic problem which PTAD must address Abari assured that NOA would embark on sensitisation mobilisation and advocacy for effective pensioners verification in the zone Abari expressed confidence in the capacity of the new PTAD Executive Secretary to deliver on the task Ikeazor said the visit was to solicit collaboration with NOA to sanitise the pension payroll and create a credible database of pensioners under the Defined Benefits Scheme for efficient pension management She said PTAD had commenced nationwide verification of pensioners and was counting on NOA s formations in the North East for the success of the next phase According to Ikeazor the verification for South West and South East had been completed The PTAD boss said the directorate had succeeded in regularising monthly pension paid 33 per cent of pension arrears including pension benefits to next of kins verified by the Pension Commission Edited Idahosa Asowata
    NOA, PTAD partner to verify pensioners in North East
     The National Orientation Agency NOA and the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate PTAD are to verify pensioners in the North East to ensure prompt and accurate payment of pensions to retirees The agreement was reached during a courtesy visit to NOA s Director General Garba Abari by PTAD s Executive Secretary Mrs Sharon Ikeazor The agencies said the partnership was in line with government s efforts to rebuild confidence of Nigerians in the pension system Abari noted that citizens in the North East have for long felt alienated from the country owing to the security challenge in that zone The verification of pensioners in the zone will help restore their sense of belonging The senior citizens who have served the nation ought to retire and receive prompt and constant payment of pension claims Abari said He described the non payment of pensions as a systemic problem which PTAD must address Abari assured that NOA would embark on sensitisation mobilisation and advocacy for effective pensioners verification in the zone Abari expressed confidence in the capacity of the new PTAD Executive Secretary to deliver on the task Ikeazor said the visit was to solicit collaboration with NOA to sanitise the pension payroll and create a credible database of pensioners under the Defined Benefits Scheme for efficient pension management She said PTAD had commenced nationwide verification of pensioners and was counting on NOA s formations in the North East for the success of the next phase According to Ikeazor the verification for South West and South East had been completed The PTAD boss said the directorate had succeeded in regularising monthly pension paid 33 per cent of pension arrears including pension benefits to next of kins verified by the Pension Commission Edited Idahosa Asowata
    NOA, PTAD partner to verify pensioners in North East
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    NOA, PTAD partner to verify pensioners in North East

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA), and the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD), are to verify pensioners in the North East to ensure prompt and accurate payment of pensions to retirees.

    The agreement was reached during a courtesy visit to NOA’s Director General, Garba Abari by PTAD’s Executive Secretary, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor.

    The agencies said the partnership was in line with government’s efforts to rebuild confidence of Nigerians in the pension system.

    Abari noted that citizens in the North East have, for long, felt alienated from the country owing to the security challenge in that zone.

    “The verification of pensioners in the zone will help restore their sense of belonging.

    “The senior citizens who have served the nation ought to retire and receive prompt and constant payment of pension claims”, Abari said.

    He described the non-payment of pensions as a systemic problem which PTAD must address.

    Abari assured that NOA would embark on sensitisation, mobilisation and advocacy for effective pensioners’ verification in the zone.

    Abari expressed confidence in the capacity of the new PTAD Executive Secretary to deliver on the task.

    Ikeazor said the visit was to solicit collaboration with NOA to ‘sanitise the pension payroll and create a credible database of pensioners under the Defined Benefits Scheme for efficient pension management’.

    She said PTAD had commenced nationwide verification of pensioners and was counting on NOA’s formations in the North East for the success of the next phase.

    According to Ikeazor, the verification for South West and South East had been completed.

    The PTAD boss said the directorate had succeeded in regularising monthly pension, paid 33 per cent of pension arrears including pension benefits to next-of-kins verified by the Pension Commission.

    Edited /Idahosa Asowata

  •  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 NAN
    NOA urges youths to join campaign for climate change mitigation
     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 NAN
    NOA urges youths to join campaign for climate change mitigation
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    NOA urges youths to join campaign for climate change mitigation

    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
    (NAN)

     

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