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  •  The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA says there is a direct link between drug abuse crime and terrorism NDLEA s State Commander Plateau Mustapha Yahuza made the remark while receiving the staff of the National Orientation Agency NOA Plateau office on advocacy visit in Jos The advocacy visit was on the increase in the recruitment of child soldiers in the North East and other parts of the country he said Yahuza stated that researches had shown that most crimes were committed under the influence of illicit drugs as they served as an enabler The commander said that the NDLEA s fight against drug abuse was also a means of fighting crime and terrorism According to him most drug users are more prone to being recruited as terrorists or being involved in other nefarious crimes He described the issue of illicit drug abuse as a problem in the country Yahuza said that from November 2021 till date the agency had seized over 200 000 tonnes of illicit drugs and made over 400 arrests in the state He assured the NOA of working in synergy to curb drug abuse which usually translates to crime Earlier the State s Director of NOA Mrs Keneng Pam Hworo said that the visit was meant to collaborate with the NDLEA to curtail the recruitment of child soldiers particularly in the North East of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA Commander states link between drug abuse and crime
     The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA says there is a direct link between drug abuse crime and terrorism NDLEA s State Commander Plateau Mustapha Yahuza made the remark while receiving the staff of the National Orientation Agency NOA Plateau office on advocacy visit in Jos The advocacy visit was on the increase in the recruitment of child soldiers in the North East and other parts of the country he said Yahuza stated that researches had shown that most crimes were committed under the influence of illicit drugs as they served as an enabler The commander said that the NDLEA s fight against drug abuse was also a means of fighting crime and terrorism According to him most drug users are more prone to being recruited as terrorists or being involved in other nefarious crimes He described the issue of illicit drug abuse as a problem in the country Yahuza said that from November 2021 till date the agency had seized over 200 000 tonnes of illicit drugs and made over 400 arrests in the state He assured the NOA of working in synergy to curb drug abuse which usually translates to crime Earlier the State s Director of NOA Mrs Keneng Pam Hworo said that the visit was meant to collaborate with the NDLEA to curtail the recruitment of child soldiers particularly in the North East of Nigeria NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NDLEA Commander states link between drug abuse and crime
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    NDLEA Commander states link between drug abuse and crime

    The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says there is a direct link between drug abuse, crime and terrorism.

    NDLEA’s State Commander, Plateau, Mustapha Yahuza, made the remark while receiving the staff of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Plateau office on advocacy visit in Jos. The advocacy visit was on the increase in the recruitment of child soldiers in the North-East and other parts of the country, he said.

    Yahuza stated that researches had shown that most crimes were committed under the influence of illicit drugs, as they served as an enabler.

    The commander said that the NDLEA’s fight against drug abuse was also a means of fighting crime and terrorism.

    According to him, most drug users are more prone to being recruited as terrorists or being involved in other nefarious crimes.

    He described the issue of illicit drug abuse as a problem in the country.

    Yahuza said that from November 2021 till date, the agency had seized over 200,000 tonnes of illicit drugs, and made over 400 arrests in the state.

    He assured the NOA of working in synergy to curb drug abuse, which usually translates to crime.

    Earlier, the State’s Director of NOA, Mrs Keneng Pam-Hworo, said that the visit was meant to collaborate with the NDLEA to curtail  the recruitment of child soldiers particularly in the North-East of Nigeria.


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  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA has begun community engagement dialogue to creat awareness on legal identification of Almijiri children in five local government areas of Kaduna State The State Director of the agency Alhaji Zubair Galadima Soba said this during the community engagement dialogue on Tuesday in Zaria The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Hausa word Almajiri is derived from the Arabic word Al Muhajirun which refers to a person who migrated his home in search of Islamic knowledge Almajiri refers to children usually from poor rural backgrounds who leave their homes to study in non formal Qur anic school in urban areas The term also refers to any young person who begs on the streets and does not attend secular school According to Galadima Soba the engagement dialogue is designed to sensitise the communities on legal identification of Almajiri children to mobilise participation in the exercise He said the exercise would be conducted in collaboration between the agency the National Population Commission NPC and United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF The director said the exercise focused at sensitising community and religious leaders in Ikara Lere Kubau Igabi and Zaria Represented by MrYusuf Balarabe UNICEF Focal Person in the state the director said the exercise would also capture out of school adolescent girls in the selected LGAs A recent survey shows that Ikara Lere Kubau Igabi and Zaria LGAs has the largest number of Almajiri children in the state who have not been registered with NPC We are here to sensitise you as community leaders so that you can pass the message across the Qur anic schools known as Tsangaya to allow the population commission register the Almajiri under them he said Hajiya Halima Jega Director Vital Registration of Birth NPC described birth registration as important in showing that the child exist Jega represented by Nuruddeen Shafi i said the registration exercise would last for eight days and urged traditional leaders to enlighten their subjects to get registered According to him birth certificate issued by the commission is the only certificate recognised by the Federal Government We want to register 6 000 children in Zaria therefore we need the support of religious leaders and traditional leaders so that the exercise would be successful he said Earlier NOA Community Mobilisation Officer in charge of Zaria Aminu Alhassan recalled that similar exercise had been conducted in the area in 2020 He urged participants to use the opportunity to register their children for free adding that it may not be free in the future Meanwhile some of the participants commended NOA NPC and UNICEF for the gesture adding they were now more informed on the importance of birth registration Malam Muhammad Musa Secretary Fitiyanul Islam a Faith Based Organisation FBO said the association would mobilise Qur anic schools for the exercise Binta Yunusa a Women Leader in Tudun Wada community said she would ensure women register their children with the NPC including those attending Qur anic schools NAN reports that the participants drawn from Dakace Gyallesu Tudun wada Kwarbai A Kwarbai B and Limancin Kona communities attended the exercise RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NOA, NPC sensitise Zaria community on Almajiri legal identification
     The National Orientation Agency NOA has begun community engagement dialogue to creat awareness on legal identification of Almijiri children in five local government areas of Kaduna State The State Director of the agency Alhaji Zubair Galadima Soba said this during the community engagement dialogue on Tuesday in Zaria The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Hausa word Almajiri is derived from the Arabic word Al Muhajirun which refers to a person who migrated his home in search of Islamic knowledge Almajiri refers to children usually from poor rural backgrounds who leave their homes to study in non formal Qur anic school in urban areas The term also refers to any young person who begs on the streets and does not attend secular school According to Galadima Soba the engagement dialogue is designed to sensitise the communities on legal identification of Almajiri children to mobilise participation in the exercise He said the exercise would be conducted in collaboration between the agency the National Population Commission NPC and United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF The director said the exercise focused at sensitising community and religious leaders in Ikara Lere Kubau Igabi and Zaria Represented by MrYusuf Balarabe UNICEF Focal Person in the state the director said the exercise would also capture out of school adolescent girls in the selected LGAs A recent survey shows that Ikara Lere Kubau Igabi and Zaria LGAs has the largest number of Almajiri children in the state who have not been registered with NPC We are here to sensitise you as community leaders so that you can pass the message across the Qur anic schools known as Tsangaya to allow the population commission register the Almajiri under them he said Hajiya Halima Jega Director Vital Registration of Birth NPC described birth registration as important in showing that the child exist Jega represented by Nuruddeen Shafi i said the registration exercise would last for eight days and urged traditional leaders to enlighten their subjects to get registered According to him birth certificate issued by the commission is the only certificate recognised by the Federal Government We want to register 6 000 children in Zaria therefore we need the support of religious leaders and traditional leaders so that the exercise would be successful he said Earlier NOA Community Mobilisation Officer in charge of Zaria Aminu Alhassan recalled that similar exercise had been conducted in the area in 2020 He urged participants to use the opportunity to register their children for free adding that it may not be free in the future Meanwhile some of the participants commended NOA NPC and UNICEF for the gesture adding they were now more informed on the importance of birth registration Malam Muhammad Musa Secretary Fitiyanul Islam a Faith Based Organisation FBO said the association would mobilise Qur anic schools for the exercise Binta Yunusa a Women Leader in Tudun Wada community said she would ensure women register their children with the NPC including those attending Qur anic schools NAN reports that the participants drawn from Dakace Gyallesu Tudun wada Kwarbai A Kwarbai B and Limancin Kona communities attended the exercise RSA NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NOA, NPC sensitise Zaria community on Almajiri legal identification
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    NOA, NPC sensitise Zaria community on Almajiri legal identification

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has begun community engagement dialogue to creat awareness on legal identification of Almijiri children in five local government areas of Kaduna State.

    The State Director of the agency, Alhaji Zubair Galadima-Soba, said this during the community engagement dialogue on Tuesday in Zaria.

    The News Agency  of Nigeria reports that the Hausa word Almajiri is derived from the Arabic word “Al-Muhajirun,” which refers to a person who migrated his home in search of Islamic knowledge.

    Almajiri refers to children usually from poor rural backgrounds, who leave their homes to study in non formal Qur’anic school in urban areas.

    The term also refers to any young person who begs on the streets and does not attend secular school.

    According to Galadima-Soba, the engagement dialogue is designed to sensitise the communities on legal identification of Almajiri children to mobilise participation in the exercise.

    He said the exercise would be conducted in collaboration between the agency, the National Population Commission (NPC) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

    The director said the exercise focused at sensitising community and religious leaders in Ikara, Lere, Kubau, Igabi and Zaria.

    Represented by MrYusuf Balarabe, UNICEF Focal Person in the state, the director said the exercise would also capture out-of- school adolescent girls in the selected LGAs. “A recent survey shows that Ikara, Lere, Kubau, Igabi and Zaria LGAs has the largest number of Almajiri children in the state who have not been registered with NPC.

    “We are here to sensitise you as community leaders so that you can pass the message across the Qur’anic schools known as Tsangaya, to allow the population commission register the Almajiri under them,” he said.

    Hajiya Halima Jega, Director Vital Registration of Birth, NPC, described birth registration as important in showing that the child exist.

    Jega, represented by Nuruddeen Shafi’i, said the registration exercise would last for eight days, and urged traditional leaders to enlighten their subjects to get registered.

    According to him, birth certificate issued by the commission is the only certificate recognised by the Federal Government.

    “We want to register 6,000 children in Zaria, therefore, we need the support of religious leaders and traditional leaders so that the exercise would be successful,” he said.

    Earlier, NOA Community Mobilisation Officer in charge of Zaria, Aminu Alhassan recalled that similar exercise had been conducted in the area in 2020.He urged participants to use the opportunity to register their children for free, adding that it may not be free in the future.

    Meanwhile, some of the participants commended NOA, NPC and UNICEF for the gesture, adding they were now more informed on the importance of birth registration.

    Malam Muhammad Musa, Secretary, Fitiyanul Islam, a Faith Based Organisation (FBO), said the association would mobilise Qur’anic schools for the exercise.

    Binta Yunusa, a Women Leader in Tudun Wada community, said she would ensure women register their children with the NPC including those attending Qur’anic schools.

    NAN reports that the participants drawn from Dakace; Gyallesu,Tudun wada, Kwarbai A, Kwarbai B  and Limancin Kona communities attended the exercise.

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  •  National Orientation Agency NOA and United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF on Thursday took sensitisation on the importance of breastfeeding to Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign conducted alongside an advocacy visit to the Etsu of Chikun Mr Ishaku Yari was aimed at commemorating this year s World Breastfeeding Week The NOA Director in the state Alhaji Zubair Galadima Soba said that the aim of the advocacy visit was to sensitise traditional and religious leaders on the right way of breastfeeding babies According to him community leaders have important roles to play in educating their subjects on the importance of breastfeeding as they are closer to them Galadima Soba appealed to the royal father to prioritise issues surrounding child nutrition in his domain and lead the campaign against malnutrition In her address the Nutrition Specialist UNICEF Kaduna Field Office Mrs Chinwe Ezeife said that the world breastfeeding week celebrated worldwide had as its theme A Step up for Breastfeeding Education and Support She said breastfeeding was cost effective with high impact adding however that many mothers had not been breastfeeding their babies in the right way According to her some of the right ways of breastfeeding babies include early initiation of breastfeeding exclusive breastfeeding for six months and extending breastfeeding even when other foods have been introduced Ezeife urged men to support their wives with enough food at home so that they would be able to breastfeed their babies adequately adding that a well breastfed child s survival was guaranteed The nutrition specialist said that UNICEF would continue collaborating with NOA local governments and community leaders to ensure that children got adequate nutrition in the state Earlier the Project Manager Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan KADENAP Umar Bambale said that the agency was established to address malnutrition in the state Bambale who was represented by Sani Hassan noted that it cost N50 000 to cure a malnourished child adding that it was cheaper to prevent He explained that acute malnutrition among children could be eradicated if mothers practised the right way of breastfeeding so that the children could grow up in good health and be smart The Nutrition Focal Person in Chikun local government area Jummai Hamza said that health workers had been trained on how to counsel mothers on the right food to give to their children She added that community infants and young children s nutrition officers had been charged with the responsibility of sensitising community members on the right way of breastfeeding and preparing nutritious meal for their children Mrs Grace Samson a community member and mother said she had practised exclusive breastfeeding for her three children and that they were all healthy and doing well In his remarks the Etsu of Chikun appreciated NOA and UNICEF for the advocacy visit and sensitization stressing that people living in villages needed to know the importance of breastfeeding He assured that the chiefdom would give all the support needed for community members to be enlightened on nutrition issue Yari urged government to ensure that the interventions reached the grassroots so that people living in rural areas could enjoy basic social amenities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Breastfeeding Week: NOA, UNICEF take sensitisation to Kaduna community
     National Orientation Agency NOA and United Nations Children s Fund UNICEF on Thursday took sensitisation on the importance of breastfeeding to Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign conducted alongside an advocacy visit to the Etsu of Chikun Mr Ishaku Yari was aimed at commemorating this year s World Breastfeeding Week The NOA Director in the state Alhaji Zubair Galadima Soba said that the aim of the advocacy visit was to sensitise traditional and religious leaders on the right way of breastfeeding babies According to him community leaders have important roles to play in educating their subjects on the importance of breastfeeding as they are closer to them Galadima Soba appealed to the royal father to prioritise issues surrounding child nutrition in his domain and lead the campaign against malnutrition In her address the Nutrition Specialist UNICEF Kaduna Field Office Mrs Chinwe Ezeife said that the world breastfeeding week celebrated worldwide had as its theme A Step up for Breastfeeding Education and Support She said breastfeeding was cost effective with high impact adding however that many mothers had not been breastfeeding their babies in the right way According to her some of the right ways of breastfeeding babies include early initiation of breastfeeding exclusive breastfeeding for six months and extending breastfeeding even when other foods have been introduced Ezeife urged men to support their wives with enough food at home so that they would be able to breastfeed their babies adequately adding that a well breastfed child s survival was guaranteed The nutrition specialist said that UNICEF would continue collaborating with NOA local governments and community leaders to ensure that children got adequate nutrition in the state Earlier the Project Manager Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan KADENAP Umar Bambale said that the agency was established to address malnutrition in the state Bambale who was represented by Sani Hassan noted that it cost N50 000 to cure a malnourished child adding that it was cheaper to prevent He explained that acute malnutrition among children could be eradicated if mothers practised the right way of breastfeeding so that the children could grow up in good health and be smart The Nutrition Focal Person in Chikun local government area Jummai Hamza said that health workers had been trained on how to counsel mothers on the right food to give to their children She added that community infants and young children s nutrition officers had been charged with the responsibility of sensitising community members on the right way of breastfeeding and preparing nutritious meal for their children Mrs Grace Samson a community member and mother said she had practised exclusive breastfeeding for her three children and that they were all healthy and doing well In his remarks the Etsu of Chikun appreciated NOA and UNICEF for the advocacy visit and sensitization stressing that people living in villages needed to know the importance of breastfeeding He assured that the chiefdom would give all the support needed for community members to be enlightened on nutrition issue Yari urged government to ensure that the interventions reached the grassroots so that people living in rural areas could enjoy basic social amenities NewsSourceCredit NAN
    World Breastfeeding Week: NOA, UNICEF take sensitisation to Kaduna community
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    World Breastfeeding Week: NOA, UNICEF take sensitisation to Kaduna community

    National Orientation Agency (NOA) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Thursday, took sensitisation on the importance of breastfeeding to Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna State.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign conducted alongside an advocacy visit to the Etsu of Chikun, Mr Ishaku Yari, was aimed at commemorating this year’s World Breastfeeding Week.   The NOA Director in the state, Alhaji Zubair Galadima-Soba, said that the aim of the advocacy visit was to sensitise traditional and religious leaders on the right way of breastfeeding babies.  

    According to him, community leaders have important roles to play in educating their subjects on the importance of breastfeeding, as they are closer to them.  

    Galadima-Soba appealed to the royal father to prioritise issues surrounding child nutrition in his domain and lead the campaign against malnutrition.  

    In her address, the Nutrition Specialist, UNICEF, Kaduna Field Office Mrs Chinwe Ezeife, said that the world breastfeeding week, celebrated worldwide, had, as its theme: “A Step-up for Breastfeeding Education and Support.

    ”   She said breastfeeding was cost-effective, with high impact, adding, however, that many mothers had not been breastfeeding their babies in the right way.  

    According to her, some of the right ways of breastfeeding babies include: early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding for six months and extending breastfeeding, even when other foods have been introduced.  

    Ezeife urged men to support their wives with enough food at home so that they would be able to breastfeed their babies adequately, adding that a well-breastfed child’s survival was guaranteed.  

    The nutrition specialist said that UNICEF would continue collaborating with NOA, local governments and community leaders to ensure that children got adequate nutrition in the state.  

    Earlier, the Project Manager, Kaduna State Emergency Nutrition Action Plan (KADENAP), Umar Bambale, said that the agency was established to address malnutrition in the state.  

    Bambale, who was represented by Sani Hassan, noted that it cost N50,000 to cure a malnourished child, adding that it was cheaper to prevent.  

    He explained that acute malnutrition among children could be eradicated if mothers practised the right way of breastfeeding so that the children could grow up in good health and be smart.  

    The Nutrition Focal Person in Chikun local government area, Jummai Hamza, said that health workers had been trained on how to counsel mothers on the right food to give to their children.  

    She added that community infants and young children’s nutrition officers had been charged with the responsibility of sensitising community members on the right way of breastfeeding and preparing nutritious meal for their children.  

    Mrs Grace Samson, a community member and mother, said she had practised exclusive breastfeeding for her three children and that they were all healthy and doing well.  

    In his remarks, the Etsu of Chikun appreciated NOA and UNICEF for the advocacy visit and sensitization, stressing that people living in villages needed to know the importance of breastfeeding.  

    He assured that the chiefdom would give all the support needed for community members to be enlightened on nutrition issue.  

    Yari urged government to ensure that the interventions reached the grassroots so that people living in rural areas could enjoy basic social amenities.


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  •  Prof Mansur Matazu the Director General Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet on Wednesday in Abuja called for stakeholders collaboration to prevent disasters caused by flooding across the country Matazu made the call during his remarks at the stakeholders meeting organised by the National Orientation Agency NOA with the theme Urgent need for effective response to the current flood disaster in the country According to him such partnership among Ministries Department Agencies MDAs and other relevant organisations in terms of skills materials and finance will go a long way to preventing hazards of flooding in the country Matazu said the collaboration of stakeholders ought to be in the interest of places that were currently suffering from the effects of past flooding all over the country NiMet boss appealed to people to regularly clear their drainages within the communities and gutters along streets Also let us ensure we follow guidelines with the Region and Urban Planning Authority We should not violate the rules We should not be guilty in any area We should always follow the guidelines especially as it is enshrined in Nigerian building code which was updated and integrated with the element of climate into building design For other agencies enforcement and sensitisation is very critical NOA and Ministry of Information and Culture also are doing a lot But also we need to integrate local governments in the community levels He said what ought to be done right now was to employ the integrated flood management strategy across the nation Matazu who said more than 90 per cent of NiMet s predictions had come to pass added that lots of flash floods had taken place in the riverine including coaster floods He further urged the citizens to follow up NiMet s updates and listen to daily weather forecast which were available on the social media platform Dr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA said the problem of flooding had become so perennial that it had led to the tragic loss of lives and property According to him many villages have been over run by erosion buildings have collapsed people have been rendered homeless and farmlands have been washed way Abari said such sad tales emanating from the communities and cities in the country were serious concern to NOA leading to organising the stakeholders meeting It could be recalled that in July 2021 there was extreme flooding in Jalingo the capital of Taraba which resulted in severe damage of over 300 homes Also in Lagos and Ogun states several houses and vehicles were submerged on the July 16 2021 among others So there is urgent need for effective response to this year s annual flood prediction NiMet with Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA rolled out its Annual Flood Outlook prediction that there would be coastal flooding in the country due to tidal surge and rise in sea level he said He said NOA with other relevant stakeholders had in the past carried out sensitisation campaigns on flooding and flood related issues He said the ongoing meeting would provide a platform for all relevant stakeholders to brainstorm and dialogue towards preventing a critical humanitarian crisis that could be occasioned by flooding in some parts of the country He pointed out that NOA was charged with the responsibility of providing enlightenment on government programmes and policies and mobilising the citizens to adopt desirable costal behaviours According to him NOA considers itself an important stakeholder in the business of creating awareness and sensitisation on flooding and its implication NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NiMet D-G advocates stakeholders’ collaboration on preventing flood disasters
     Prof Mansur Matazu the Director General Nigerian Meteorological Agency NiMet on Wednesday in Abuja called for stakeholders collaboration to prevent disasters caused by flooding across the country Matazu made the call during his remarks at the stakeholders meeting organised by the National Orientation Agency NOA with the theme Urgent need for effective response to the current flood disaster in the country According to him such partnership among Ministries Department Agencies MDAs and other relevant organisations in terms of skills materials and finance will go a long way to preventing hazards of flooding in the country Matazu said the collaboration of stakeholders ought to be in the interest of places that were currently suffering from the effects of past flooding all over the country NiMet boss appealed to people to regularly clear their drainages within the communities and gutters along streets Also let us ensure we follow guidelines with the Region and Urban Planning Authority We should not violate the rules We should not be guilty in any area We should always follow the guidelines especially as it is enshrined in Nigerian building code which was updated and integrated with the element of climate into building design For other agencies enforcement and sensitisation is very critical NOA and Ministry of Information and Culture also are doing a lot But also we need to integrate local governments in the community levels He said what ought to be done right now was to employ the integrated flood management strategy across the nation Matazu who said more than 90 per cent of NiMet s predictions had come to pass added that lots of flash floods had taken place in the riverine including coaster floods He further urged the citizens to follow up NiMet s updates and listen to daily weather forecast which were available on the social media platform Dr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA said the problem of flooding had become so perennial that it had led to the tragic loss of lives and property According to him many villages have been over run by erosion buildings have collapsed people have been rendered homeless and farmlands have been washed way Abari said such sad tales emanating from the communities and cities in the country were serious concern to NOA leading to organising the stakeholders meeting It could be recalled that in July 2021 there was extreme flooding in Jalingo the capital of Taraba which resulted in severe damage of over 300 homes Also in Lagos and Ogun states several houses and vehicles were submerged on the July 16 2021 among others So there is urgent need for effective response to this year s annual flood prediction NiMet with Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency NIHSA rolled out its Annual Flood Outlook prediction that there would be coastal flooding in the country due to tidal surge and rise in sea level he said He said NOA with other relevant stakeholders had in the past carried out sensitisation campaigns on flooding and flood related issues He said the ongoing meeting would provide a platform for all relevant stakeholders to brainstorm and dialogue towards preventing a critical humanitarian crisis that could be occasioned by flooding in some parts of the country He pointed out that NOA was charged with the responsibility of providing enlightenment on government programmes and policies and mobilising the citizens to adopt desirable costal behaviours According to him NOA considers itself an important stakeholder in the business of creating awareness and sensitisation on flooding and its implication NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NiMet D-G advocates stakeholders’ collaboration on preventing flood disasters
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    NiMet D-G advocates stakeholders’ collaboration on preventing flood disasters

    Prof. Mansur Matazu, the Director-General, Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMet), on Wednesday in Abuja called for stakeholders’ collaboration to prevent disasters caused by flooding across the country.

    Matazu made the call during his remarks at the stakeholders meeting organised by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) with the theme: “ Urgent need for effective response to the current flood disaster in the country“.

    According to him, such partnership among Ministries, Department Agencies (MDAs) and other relevant organisations in terms of skills, materials and finance will go a long way to preventing hazards of flooding in the country.

    Matazu said the collaboration of stakeholders ought to be in the interest of places that were currently suffering from the effects of past flooding all over the country.

    NiMet boss appealed to people to regularly clear their drainages within the communities and gutters along streets.

    “Also, let us ensure we follow guidelines with the Region and Urban Planning Authority.

    We should not violate the rules.

    We should not be guilty in any area.

    “ We should always follow the guidelines, especially as it is enshrined in Nigerian building code which was updated and integrated with the element of climate into building design.

    “For other agencies, enforcement and sensitisation is very critical.

    NOA and Ministry of Information and Culture also are doing a lot.

    But also, we need to integrate local governments in the community levels.

    ” He said what ought to be done right now was to employ the integrated flood management strategy across the nation.

    Matazu, who said more than 90 per cent of NiMet’s predictions had come to pass, added that lots of flash floods had taken place in the riverine including coaster floods.

    He further urged the citizens to follow up NiMet’s updates and listen to daily weather forecast which were available on the social media platform.

    Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), said the problem of flooding had become so perennial that it had led to the tragic loss of lives and property.

    According to him, many villages have been over run by erosion, buildings have collapsed, people have been rendered homeless and farmlands have been washed way.

    Abari said such sad tales emanating from the communities and cities in the country were serious concern to NOA, leading to organising the stakeholders’ meeting.

    “It could be recalled that in July, 2021, there was extreme flooding in Jalingo, the capital of Taraba, which resulted in severe damage of over 300 homes.

    “Also in Lagos and Ogun states, several houses and vehicles were submerged on the July 16, 2021 among others.

    So there is urgent need for effective response to this year`s annual flood prediction.

    “NiMet with Nigerian Hydrological Services Agency (NIHSA) rolled out its Annual Flood Outlook prediction, that there would be coastal flooding in the country due to tidal surge and rise in sea level, “ he said.

    He said NOA with other relevant stakeholders, had in the past carried out sensitisation campaigns on flooding and flood-related issues.

    He said the ongoing meeting would provide a platform for all relevant stakeholders to brainstorm and dialogue towards preventing a critical humanitarian crisis that could be occasioned by flooding in some parts of the country.

    He pointed out that NOA was charged with the responsibility of providing enlightenment on government programmes and policies and mobilising the citizens to adopt desirable costal behaviours.

    According to him, NOA considers itself an important stakeholder in the business of creating awareness and sensitisation on flooding and its implication.


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  •  The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor says the Defence Headquarters is implementing several new strategies that will bring about an end to various security challenges in the country Irabor stated this while delivering a Graduation Lecture for Course 30 of the National Defence College NDC on the topic National Security and Development Strategic Options for Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja He identified the need to deepen strategic communication implement a press code for responsible Journalism and pursue proactive security measures to reduce the impact of regional dynamics in the country Irabor said there was need to encourage a Whole of Society Approach to security by deepening strategic communication to educate the populace on the fact that issues of security are a collective responsibility According to him everybody in the society ought to be a relevant stakeholder Timely information on suspicious movements of strangers in a community might be the main lead to provide the needed early warning for the relevant government agency to swing into action Accordingly we need to formulate a robust and proactive communication strategy that draws all citizens to the realisation of their roles in protecting the nation while also using the same medium to pre empt and counter narratives of the insurgents The strategy could also incorporate modalities for the reorientation and practicable re integration of surrendered insurgents into the society The National Orientation Agency NOA needs to be reinvigorated reorganised and properly funded alongside all other relevant stakeholders in the society This will encourage the populace to have renewed confidence in the government and they will be encouraged to provide relevant information to the relevant government agencies This will enhance national security and development in Nigeria he said On the press code for the media Irabor said the strategy required the development of guidelines for reporting difficult stories including stories of conflict and terrorism According to him the German Press Code for example says in reporting actual and threatened acts of violence the press should carefully weigh the public interest in information against the interest of victims and other people involved He said that media should report on such incidents in an independent and authentic way but not allow itself to be made the tool of criminals He urged the Nigerian media to emulate and domesticate the German Press Code as its guiding principle in reportage CDS said it had become imperative that Nigeria should constantly keep abreast of the security and development dynamics within her strategic neighbourhood especially in West and Central Africa To this effect we are working on upgrading the intelligence management procedures of the defence and security sector to strengthen the overall security architecture in the country In addition the thrust of our foreign policy should also be re engineered to ensure that Nigeria is actively engaged in the promotion of peace and security within our sphere of influence in West and Central Africa To this effect the Federal Government through relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs could as a matter of priority explore available bilateral and multilateral opportunities at our disposal to steer the course of security and development within the countries of interests bearing in mind the realities of the domestic base of our foreign policy he added Irabor said an overview of the plethora of security challenges bedevilling the country indicated the need to consider a review of the strategic approach towards addressing them He said the appraisal of the current security architecture revealed concerns with respect to limited divergent approach to tackling the emerging threats ineffective media management as well as regional security dynamics The Commandant of NDC Rear Adm Murtala Bashir said it was the tradition of the college to organise a graduation lecture to commemorate the graduation ceremony of each course Bashir said that Nigeria had faced and still facing several security challenges such as terrorism banditry militancy secessionist agitation kidnapping amongst others in recent times He said the security challenges were aided in very large measure by illicit arms proliferation and the emergence of cult groupings that engage in banditry kidnapping political violence and other mafia style violent activities The situation he said had impacted negatively on the development in the country with attendant implications for national security adding that Nigeria currently ranks low in the global rating of Human Development Index The commandant said there was need to think out of the box and develop strategies that would enhance security and national development He urged the participants of Course 30 to begin to realise that success could only come from carefully cultivated attitudes commitments and management processes that accrue slowly and steadily Imbibing these attributes could therefore see you contributing positively to the development of the country It is not too late for us to begin to build these attributes to move our society forward So I urge you to listen carefully to the lecture and thereafter self reflect on how you your service or your organization can better contribute to society particularly on the issues surrounding security and development he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the graduation lecture is one of the activities lined up for graduation of NDC s 30th set of graduates as well as its 30th anniversary celebration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military implementing new strategies to end insecurity – Irabor
     The Chief of Defence Staff CDS Gen Lucky Irabor says the Defence Headquarters is implementing several new strategies that will bring about an end to various security challenges in the country Irabor stated this while delivering a Graduation Lecture for Course 30 of the National Defence College NDC on the topic National Security and Development Strategic Options for Nigeria on Wednesday in Abuja He identified the need to deepen strategic communication implement a press code for responsible Journalism and pursue proactive security measures to reduce the impact of regional dynamics in the country Irabor said there was need to encourage a Whole of Society Approach to security by deepening strategic communication to educate the populace on the fact that issues of security are a collective responsibility According to him everybody in the society ought to be a relevant stakeholder Timely information on suspicious movements of strangers in a community might be the main lead to provide the needed early warning for the relevant government agency to swing into action Accordingly we need to formulate a robust and proactive communication strategy that draws all citizens to the realisation of their roles in protecting the nation while also using the same medium to pre empt and counter narratives of the insurgents The strategy could also incorporate modalities for the reorientation and practicable re integration of surrendered insurgents into the society The National Orientation Agency NOA needs to be reinvigorated reorganised and properly funded alongside all other relevant stakeholders in the society This will encourage the populace to have renewed confidence in the government and they will be encouraged to provide relevant information to the relevant government agencies This will enhance national security and development in Nigeria he said On the press code for the media Irabor said the strategy required the development of guidelines for reporting difficult stories including stories of conflict and terrorism According to him the German Press Code for example says in reporting actual and threatened acts of violence the press should carefully weigh the public interest in information against the interest of victims and other people involved He said that media should report on such incidents in an independent and authentic way but not allow itself to be made the tool of criminals He urged the Nigerian media to emulate and domesticate the German Press Code as its guiding principle in reportage CDS said it had become imperative that Nigeria should constantly keep abreast of the security and development dynamics within her strategic neighbourhood especially in West and Central Africa To this effect we are working on upgrading the intelligence management procedures of the defence and security sector to strengthen the overall security architecture in the country In addition the thrust of our foreign policy should also be re engineered to ensure that Nigeria is actively engaged in the promotion of peace and security within our sphere of influence in West and Central Africa To this effect the Federal Government through relevant Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs could as a matter of priority explore available bilateral and multilateral opportunities at our disposal to steer the course of security and development within the countries of interests bearing in mind the realities of the domestic base of our foreign policy he added Irabor said an overview of the plethora of security challenges bedevilling the country indicated the need to consider a review of the strategic approach towards addressing them He said the appraisal of the current security architecture revealed concerns with respect to limited divergent approach to tackling the emerging threats ineffective media management as well as regional security dynamics The Commandant of NDC Rear Adm Murtala Bashir said it was the tradition of the college to organise a graduation lecture to commemorate the graduation ceremony of each course Bashir said that Nigeria had faced and still facing several security challenges such as terrorism banditry militancy secessionist agitation kidnapping amongst others in recent times He said the security challenges were aided in very large measure by illicit arms proliferation and the emergence of cult groupings that engage in banditry kidnapping political violence and other mafia style violent activities The situation he said had impacted negatively on the development in the country with attendant implications for national security adding that Nigeria currently ranks low in the global rating of Human Development Index The commandant said there was need to think out of the box and develop strategies that would enhance security and national development He urged the participants of Course 30 to begin to realise that success could only come from carefully cultivated attitudes commitments and management processes that accrue slowly and steadily Imbibing these attributes could therefore see you contributing positively to the development of the country It is not too late for us to begin to build these attributes to move our society forward So I urge you to listen carefully to the lecture and thereafter self reflect on how you your service or your organization can better contribute to society particularly on the issues surrounding security and development he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the graduation lecture is one of the activities lined up for graduation of NDC s 30th set of graduates as well as its 30th anniversary celebration NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Military implementing new strategies to end insecurity – Irabor
    Defence/Security4 months ago

    Military implementing new strategies to end insecurity – Irabor

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Lucky Irabor, says the Defence Headquarters is implementing several new strategies that will bring about an end to various security challenges in the country.

    Irabor stated this while delivering a Graduation Lecture for Course 30 of the National Defence College (NDC) on the topic “National Security and Development: Strategic Options for Nigeria’’ on Wednesday in Abuja.

    He identified the need to deepen strategic communication, implement a press code for responsible Journalism and pursue proactive security measures to reduce the impact of regional dynamics in the country.

    Irabor said there was need to encourage a Whole-of-Society Approach to security by deepening strategic communication to educate the populace on the fact that issues of security are a collective responsibility.

    According to him, everybody in the society ought to be a relevant stakeholder.

    “Timely information on suspicious movements of strangers in a community might be the main lead to provide the needed early warning for the relevant government agency to swing into action.

    “Accordingly, we need to formulate a robust and proactive communication strategy that draws all citizens to the realisation of their roles in protecting the nation while also using the same medium to pre-empt and counter narratives of the insurgents.

    “The strategy could also incorporate modalities for the reorientation and practicable re-integration of surrendered insurgents into the society.

    “The National Orientation Agency (NOA) needs to be reinvigorated, reorganised and properly funded alongside all other relevant stakeholders in the society.

    “This will encourage the populace to have renewed confidence in the government and they will be encouraged to provide relevant information to the relevant government agencies.

    “This will enhance national security and development in Nigeria,’’ he said.

    On the press code for the media, Irabor said the strategy required the development of guidelines for reporting difficult stories including stories of conflict and terrorism.

    According to him, the German Press Code for example, says in reporting actual and threatened acts of violence, the press should carefully weigh the public interest in information against the interest of victims and other people involved.

    He said that media should report on such incidents in an independent and authentic way, but not allow itself to be made the tool of criminals.

    He urged the Nigerian media to emulate and domesticate the German Press Code as its guiding principle in reportage.

    CDS said it had become imperative that Nigeria should constantly keep abreast of the security and development dynamics within her strategic neighbourhood especially in West and Central Africa.

    “To this effect, we are working on upgrading the intelligence management procedures of the defence and security sector to strengthen the overall security architecture in the country.

    “In addition, the thrust of our foreign policy should also be re-engineered to ensure that Nigeria is actively engaged in the promotion of peace and security within our sphere of influence in West and Central Africa.

    “To this effect, the Federal Government through relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), could as a matter of priority, explore available bilateral and multilateral opportunities at our disposal to steer the course of security and development within the countries of interests bearing in mind the realities of the domestic base of our foreign policy,’’ he added.

    Irabor said an overview of the plethora of security challenges bedevilling the country indicated the need to consider a review of the strategic approach towards addressing them.

    He said the appraisal of the current security architecture revealed concerns with respect to limited divergent approach to tackling the emerging threats, ineffective media management as well as regional security dynamics.

    The Commandant of NDC, Rear Adm. Murtala Bashir, said it was the tradition of the college to organise a graduation lecture to commemorate the graduation ceremony of each course.

    Bashir said that Nigeria had faced and still facing several security challenges such as terrorism, banditry, militancy secessionist agitation, kidnapping amongst others in recent times.

    He said the security challenges were aided in very large measure by illicit arms proliferation and the emergence of cult groupings that engage in banditry, kidnapping, political violence and other mafia-style violent activities.

    The situation, he said had impacted negatively on the development in the country with attendant implications for national security, adding that Nigeria currently ranks low in the global rating of Human Development Index.

    The commandant said there was need to think out of the box and develop strategies that would enhance security and national development.

    He urged the participants of Course 30 to begin to realise that success could only come from carefully cultivated attitudes, commitments and management processes that accrue slowly and steadily.

    “Imbibing these attributes, could therefore see you contributing positively to the development of the country.

    “It is not too late for us to begin to build these attributes to move our society forward.

    “So, I urge you to listen carefully to the lecture and thereafter, self-reflect on how you, your service or your organization can better contribute to society, particularly on the issues surrounding security and development,’’ he said.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the graduation lecture is one of the activities lined up for graduation of NDC’s 30th set of graduates as well as its 30th anniversary celebration.

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  •  The Federal Government on Tuesday called for collective efforts in preventing violence and extremism to bring peace to the citizens The Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen made the call at the National Stakeholders Forum on Parenting for Peace in Abuja The forum was organised by the ministry in collaboration with Mercy Corps and United State Agency for International Development USAID Tallen represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry Mr Idris Mohammed said that the stakeholders forum was apt at this time when the country was experiencing insurgency and terrorism threatening its peaceful existence According to her for the past few years government has been battling with different insecurity threats ranging from Boko Haram in the North East to farmers herders clash in the North Central The Niger Delta militant in the South South the IPOB and ESN in the South East of the county and banditry kidnapping as well as nline social media and other forms of violent It is disheartening to note that we keep loosing lives and properties many people are being taken as hostages for ransom and the displacement of millions of people all over Nigeria These result to loss of livelihood and consequently billions of naira resources continuously wasted leading to depletion of national resources which ultimately may contribute to the nation s depleting economy All hands must be on deck to prevent violent and extremism in all ramifications to bring peace to our people which is the essence of our gathering today to discuss the way forward she said The Country Director of Mercy Corps Mr Ndubisi Anyanwu said that the corps sole responsibility was to advance peace and stability by addressing and mitigating gender dynamics that perpetuate and exacerbate conflict Anyanwu represented by Mrs Adesola Asogi Acting Country Director said that Mercy Corps was a Non Governmental Organisation which had been existing globally for over 40 years He said that the organisation had been in Nigeria for over 10 years with a passion and mission to reach the most vulnerable people in the hardest to reach places and make their lives better That is where we are in Mercy Corps that is who we are as Mercy Corps Our focus areas include interventions in development the humanitarian space and peace building Which is where the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace CIPP programme sits to promote and under which the initial correction for peace initiatives sits as well Over the last 10 years and incidentally will be 10 years this year in Nigeria we have worked around humanitarian interventions Wash nutrition food aid and agriculture Also around peace building which is why we are here today And we are happy to share that over the last 10 years we have impacted the lives of over two million beneficiaries over 50 per cent of which are women he said Also Dr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA said that the agency was created to educate citizens on government policies to be better understood The National Orientation Agency is an agency of the government establish to educate and sensitise the citizens and in creating awareness on multiple programmes of government We realise that peace building is very critical for any developmental policy of government to take place So we have constantly been engaging Nigerians through a programme tagged building a people of peace he said He noted that the programme was done through community engagements town hall meetings and community feedback He noted that NOA cut across the six geo political zones of the federation including the FCT The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CIPP is a five year peace building programme funded by USAID to prevent violent conflict in the most at risk communities in six states in Northwest and North Central regions The forum has in attendant relevant MDAs CSOs that will discuss pathways to strengthened the capacity of women parent and youths to address radicalisation and vulnerability to violent extremism The forum will also serve as a means of gathering information to develop content for a comprehensive guide on parenting for peace and preventing violent extremism NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG seeks collective efforts to prevent violence, extremism
     The Federal Government on Tuesday called for collective efforts in preventing violence and extremism to bring peace to the citizens The Minister of Women Affairs Dame Pauline Tallen made the call at the National Stakeholders Forum on Parenting for Peace in Abuja The forum was organised by the ministry in collaboration with Mercy Corps and United State Agency for International Development USAID Tallen represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry Mr Idris Mohammed said that the stakeholders forum was apt at this time when the country was experiencing insurgency and terrorism threatening its peaceful existence According to her for the past few years government has been battling with different insecurity threats ranging from Boko Haram in the North East to farmers herders clash in the North Central The Niger Delta militant in the South South the IPOB and ESN in the South East of the county and banditry kidnapping as well as nline social media and other forms of violent It is disheartening to note that we keep loosing lives and properties many people are being taken as hostages for ransom and the displacement of millions of people all over Nigeria These result to loss of livelihood and consequently billions of naira resources continuously wasted leading to depletion of national resources which ultimately may contribute to the nation s depleting economy All hands must be on deck to prevent violent and extremism in all ramifications to bring peace to our people which is the essence of our gathering today to discuss the way forward she said The Country Director of Mercy Corps Mr Ndubisi Anyanwu said that the corps sole responsibility was to advance peace and stability by addressing and mitigating gender dynamics that perpetuate and exacerbate conflict Anyanwu represented by Mrs Adesola Asogi Acting Country Director said that Mercy Corps was a Non Governmental Organisation which had been existing globally for over 40 years He said that the organisation had been in Nigeria for over 10 years with a passion and mission to reach the most vulnerable people in the hardest to reach places and make their lives better That is where we are in Mercy Corps that is who we are as Mercy Corps Our focus areas include interventions in development the humanitarian space and peace building Which is where the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace CIPP programme sits to promote and under which the initial correction for peace initiatives sits as well Over the last 10 years and incidentally will be 10 years this year in Nigeria we have worked around humanitarian interventions Wash nutrition food aid and agriculture Also around peace building which is why we are here today And we are happy to share that over the last 10 years we have impacted the lives of over two million beneficiaries over 50 per cent of which are women he said Also Dr Garba Abari the Director General National Orientation Agency NOA said that the agency was created to educate citizens on government policies to be better understood The National Orientation Agency is an agency of the government establish to educate and sensitise the citizens and in creating awareness on multiple programmes of government We realise that peace building is very critical for any developmental policy of government to take place So we have constantly been engaging Nigerians through a programme tagged building a people of peace he said He noted that the programme was done through community engagements town hall meetings and community feedback He noted that NOA cut across the six geo political zones of the federation including the FCT The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CIPP is a five year peace building programme funded by USAID to prevent violent conflict in the most at risk communities in six states in Northwest and North Central regions The forum has in attendant relevant MDAs CSOs that will discuss pathways to strengthened the capacity of women parent and youths to address radicalisation and vulnerability to violent extremism The forum will also serve as a means of gathering information to develop content for a comprehensive guide on parenting for peace and preventing violent extremism NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG seeks collective efforts to prevent violence, extremism
    Foreign4 months ago

    FG seeks collective efforts to prevent violence, extremism

    The Federal Government on Tuesday called for collective efforts in preventing violence and extremism to bring peace to  the citizens.

    The Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, made the call at the National Stakeholders Forum on Parenting for Peace in Abuja.

    The forum was organised by the ministry in collaboration with Mercy Corps and United State Agency for International Development (USAID).

    Tallen, represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr Idris Mohammed, said that the stakeholders forum was apt at this time when the country was experiencing insurgency and terrorism, threatening its peaceful existence.

    According to her, for the past few years, government has been battling with different insecurity threats ranging from Boko Haram in the North-East to farmers-herders clash in the North-Central.

    “ The Niger Delta militant in the South-South, the IPOB and ESN in the South-East of the county and banditry, kidnapping as well as nline social media and other forms of violent.

    “It is disheartening to note that we keep loosing lives and properties, many people are being taken as hostages for ransom, and the displacement of millions of people all over Nigeria.

    “ These result to loss of livelihood and consequently billions of naira; resources continuously wasted leading to depletion of national resources which ultimately may contribute to the nation’s depleting economy.

    “All hands must be on deck to prevent violent and extremism in all ramifications to bring peace to our people, which is the essence of our gathering today to discuss the way forward,’’ she said.

    The Country Director of Mercy Corps, Mr Ndubisi Anyanwu, said that the corps sole responsibility was to advance peace and stability by addressing and mitigating gender dynamics that perpetuate and exacerbate conflict.

    Anyanwu, represented by Mrs Adesola Asogi, Acting Country Director, said that Mercy Corps was a Non-Governmental Organisation, which had been existing globally for over 40 years.

    He said that the organisation had been in Nigeria for over 10 years, with a passion and mission to reach the most vulnerable people in the hardest to reach places and  make their lives better.

    “That is where we are in Mercy Corps, that is who we are as Mercy Corps.

    Our focus areas include interventions in development, the humanitarian space, and peace building.

    “Which is where the Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP) programme sits to promote and under which the initial correction for peace initiatives sits as well.

    “Over the last 10 years, and incidentally, will be 10 years this year in Nigeria, we have worked around humanitarian interventions, Wash, nutrition, food aid and agriculture.

    “Also, around peace building, which is why we are here today.

    And we are happy to share that over the last 10 years, we have impacted the lives of over two million beneficiaries, over 50 per cent of which are women,’’ he said.

    Also, Dr. Garba Abari, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), said that the agency was created to educate citizens on government policies to be better understood.

    “The National Orientation Agency is an agency of the government establish to educate and sensitise the citizens and in creating awareness on multiple programmes of government.

    “We realise that peace building is very critical for any developmental policy of government to take place.

    So, we have constantly been engaging Nigerians through a programme tagged, ”building a people of peace”, he said.

    He noted that the programme was done` through community engagements, town-hall meetings and community feedback.

    He noted that NOA cut across the six geo-political zones of the federation, including the FCT.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that CIPP is a five-year peace building programme funded by USAID to prevent violent conflict in the most at-risk communities in six states in Northwest and North Central regions.

    The forum has in attendant relevant MDAs, CSOs that will discuss pathways to strengthened the capacity of women, parent, and youths to address radicalisation and vulnerability to violent extremism.

    The forum will also serve as a means of gathering information to develop content for a comprehensive guide on parenting for peace and preventing violent extremism.

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  •  National Orientation Agency NOA says it will soon commence mass sensitisation of eligible voters across the country on the importance of voting ahead of the 2023 general elections NOA Director in Kwara Mr Olusegun Adeyemi stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Wednesday Adeyemi hinged low turnout of eligible voters in the country on voter apathy or lack of interest even as he noted that many youths had yet to collect their Permanent Voter Cards PVCs He however reiterated the agency s resolve to commence massive sensitisation of electorate across the country through various platforms We will engage the media to let the public understand the situation of the country The media have responsibilities as agenda setters and we will continue drumming what we want the people to hear Nation building can be achieved with credible government and this can only be done through sensitisation of the electorate on the need for them to perform their civic duties he said Adeyemi urged Nigerians to shun political apathy saying that their destinies were in their own hands Voter card is the only power we have and on July 30 registration will close Those who have already registered should go and collect their PVCs he said The NOA director added that youth should embrace effective participation in electoral process We have a civic responsibility and must do it diligently The agency s slogan will be shun political apathy shun violence and vote correctly for the party of your choice he said Adeyemi listed the agency s planned programmes to include visit to stakeholders advocacy groups and traditional rulers as well as going round the 16 local government areas and running jingles on radio stations We will have robust engagements with the media so that our people can listen to radio programmes across the state The new media will also be utilised to reach out to the youth in order to gear them toward voting he said Adeyemi added that both Muslim and Christian clerics would be engaged to educate their adherents on the importance of voting while also interfacing with market men and women to encourage them to vote He also said that the agency would improve on drama performances adding that theatre for development would engage the people positively What people see dramatised sticks and it will encourage them to exercise their civic responsibilities he said Adeyemi however called on government at all levels to support the agency particularly in the areas of provision of vehicles and other logistics to aid its effectiveness and efficiency NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: NOA set to commence mass sensitisation of eligible voters
     National Orientation Agency NOA says it will soon commence mass sensitisation of eligible voters across the country on the importance of voting ahead of the 2023 general elections NOA Director in Kwara Mr Olusegun Adeyemi stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Wednesday Adeyemi hinged low turnout of eligible voters in the country on voter apathy or lack of interest even as he noted that many youths had yet to collect their Permanent Voter Cards PVCs He however reiterated the agency s resolve to commence massive sensitisation of electorate across the country through various platforms We will engage the media to let the public understand the situation of the country The media have responsibilities as agenda setters and we will continue drumming what we want the people to hear Nation building can be achieved with credible government and this can only be done through sensitisation of the electorate on the need for them to perform their civic duties he said Adeyemi urged Nigerians to shun political apathy saying that their destinies were in their own hands Voter card is the only power we have and on July 30 registration will close Those who have already registered should go and collect their PVCs he said The NOA director added that youth should embrace effective participation in electoral process We have a civic responsibility and must do it diligently The agency s slogan will be shun political apathy shun violence and vote correctly for the party of your choice he said Adeyemi listed the agency s planned programmes to include visit to stakeholders advocacy groups and traditional rulers as well as going round the 16 local government areas and running jingles on radio stations We will have robust engagements with the media so that our people can listen to radio programmes across the state The new media will also be utilised to reach out to the youth in order to gear them toward voting he said Adeyemi added that both Muslim and Christian clerics would be engaged to educate their adherents on the importance of voting while also interfacing with market men and women to encourage them to vote He also said that the agency would improve on drama performances adding that theatre for development would engage the people positively What people see dramatised sticks and it will encourage them to exercise their civic responsibilities he said Adeyemi however called on government at all levels to support the agency particularly in the areas of provision of vehicles and other logistics to aid its effectiveness and efficiency NewsSourceCredit NAN
    2023: NOA set to commence mass sensitisation of eligible voters
    General news4 months ago

    2023: NOA set to commence mass sensitisation of eligible voters

    National Orientation Agency (NOA) says it will soon commence mass sensitisation of eligible voters across the country on the importance of voting, ahead of the 2023 general elections.

    NOA Director in Kwara, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin on Wednesday.

    Adeyemi hinged low turnout of eligible voters in the country on voter apathy or lack of interest, even as he noted that many youths had yet to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).

    He, however, reiterated the agency’s resolve to commence massive sensitisation of electorate across the country through various platforms.

    “We will engage the media to let the public understand the situation of the country.

    “The media have responsibilities as agenda setters and we will continue drumming what we want the people to hear.

    “Nation building can be achieved with credible government and this can only be done through sensitisation of the electorate on the need for them to perform their civic duties,” he said.

    Adeyemi urged Nigerians to shun political apathy, saying that their destinies were in their own hands.

    “Voter card is the only power we have and on July 30, registration will close.

    Those who have already registered should go and collect their PVCs,” he said.

    The NOA director added that youth should embrace effective participation in electoral process.

    “We have a civic responsibility and must do it diligently.

    The agency’s slogan will be ‘shun political apathy, shun violence and vote correctly for the party of your choice’,” he said.

    Adeyemi listed the agency’s planned programmes to include: visit to stakeholders, advocacy groups and traditional rulers as well as going round the 16 local government areas and running jingles on radio stations.

    “We will have robust engagements with the media so that our people can listen to radio programmes across the state.

    “The new media will also be utilised to reach out to the youth in order to gear them toward voting,” he said.

    Adeyemi added that both Muslim and Christian clerics would be engaged to educate their adherents on the importance of voting, while also interfacing with market men and women to encourage them to vote.

    He also said that the agency would improve on drama performances, adding that theatre for development would engage the people positively.

    “What people see dramatised sticks and it will encourage them to exercise their civic responsibilities,” he said.

    Adeyemi, however, called on government at all levels to support the agency, particularly in the areas of provision of vehicles and other logistics to aid its effectiveness and efficiency.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA says the agency will step up sensitisation and encourage people on political awareness because Nigerians are suffering from political apathy Mr Olusegun Adeyemi the Kwara Director of the NOA said this on Tuesday in Ilorin during a news conference organised as part of activities marking the Annual Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ NOA Chapel Kwara Council Adeyemi charged Nigerians to take a bold step ride over every obstacle and be determined to be part of political activities in the country He warned Nigerians against vote buying by politicians saying that it 8s criminal collecting money to vote in politicians is mortgaging the future of next generations Once you collect any amount from them and vote them into power you have sold your future and mortgaged the future of your children for the next four years he said Adeyemi also advised voters to properly study the ballot papers before thumb printing to avoid voided votes saying the country cannot afford to loose as much as over 3 million voided votes as recorded in the 2015 and 2019 elections He added that the warning became necessary because the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has over 18 political parties contesting various positions in the upcoming general election Nigerians should understand the importance of voting correctly because the number of voided votes is alarming We are partnering with INEC to achieve effective participation of Nigerians in the elections he said He appealed to youths to embrace effective participation on electoral process saying we have civic responsibility to do it diligently and shun political apathy violence and vote correctly for the party of choice Mr Ajibade Adegbayibi the Chairman of NUJ NOA Chapel explained that the theme of the Press Week is Building Capacity for Effective Participation in Electoral Process and Nation Building He added that some of the activities for the week long event included road walk sports football match and public presentation by Vice Chancellor of Al Hikma University NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerians suffering from political apathy – NOA
     The National Orientation Agency NOA says the agency will step up sensitisation and encourage people on political awareness because Nigerians are suffering from political apathy Mr Olusegun Adeyemi the Kwara Director of the NOA said this on Tuesday in Ilorin during a news conference organised as part of activities marking the Annual Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists NUJ NOA Chapel Kwara Council Adeyemi charged Nigerians to take a bold step ride over every obstacle and be determined to be part of political activities in the country He warned Nigerians against vote buying by politicians saying that it 8s criminal collecting money to vote in politicians is mortgaging the future of next generations Once you collect any amount from them and vote them into power you have sold your future and mortgaged the future of your children for the next four years he said Adeyemi also advised voters to properly study the ballot papers before thumb printing to avoid voided votes saying the country cannot afford to loose as much as over 3 million voided votes as recorded in the 2015 and 2019 elections He added that the warning became necessary because the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC has over 18 political parties contesting various positions in the upcoming general election Nigerians should understand the importance of voting correctly because the number of voided votes is alarming We are partnering with INEC to achieve effective participation of Nigerians in the elections he said He appealed to youths to embrace effective participation on electoral process saying we have civic responsibility to do it diligently and shun political apathy violence and vote correctly for the party of choice Mr Ajibade Adegbayibi the Chairman of NUJ NOA Chapel explained that the theme of the Press Week is Building Capacity for Effective Participation in Electoral Process and Nation Building He added that some of the activities for the week long event included road walk sports football match and public presentation by Vice Chancellor of Al Hikma University NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigerians suffering from political apathy – NOA
    General news5 months ago

    Nigerians suffering from political apathy – NOA

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) says the agency will step up sensitisation and encourage people on political awareness, because Nigerians are suffering from political apathy.

    Mr Olusegun Adeyemi, the Kwara Director of the NOA, said this on Tuesday in Ilorin during a news conference organised as part of activities marking the Annual Press Week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), NOA Chapel, Kwara Council.

    Adeyemi charged Nigerians “to take a bold step, ride over every obstacle and be determined to be part of political activities in the country”.

    He warned Nigerians against vote buying by politicians, saying that it 8s criminal collecting money to vote in politicians is mortgaging the future of next generations.

    “Once you collect any amount from them and vote them into power, you have sold your future and mortgaged the future of your children for the next four years,” he said.

    Adeyemi also advised voters to properly study the ballot papers before thumb printing to avoid voided votes, saying the country cannot afford to loose as much as over 3 million voided votes, as recorded in the 2015 and 2019 elections.

    He added that the warning became necessary because the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has over 18 political parties contesting various positions in the upcoming general election.

    “Nigerians should understand the importance of voting correctly, because the number of voided votes is alarming.

    “We are partnering with INEC to achieve effective participation of Nigerians in the elections,” he said.

    He appealed to youths to embrace effective participation on electoral process, saying we have civic responsibility to do it diligently and shun political apathy, violence and vote correctly for the party of choice.

    Mr Ajibade Adegbayibi, the Chairman of NUJ NOA Chapel, explained that the theme of the Press Week is: “Building Capacity for Effective Participation in Electoral Process and Nation Building”.

    He added that some of the activities for the week-long event included road walk, sports, football match and public presentation by Vice Chancellor of Al-Hikma University.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Orientation Agency NOA says it has established clubs in 10 secondary schools in Kaduna State to propagate its End Violence Against Children EVAC campaign The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the clubs were established by the agency in collaboration with the state Ministry of Education and UNICEF The state Director of NOA Alhaji Zubairu Galadima Soba said that the aim was to sensitise students on issues surrounding violence against children and how to end it Galadima Soba represented by UNICEF Focal Person Yusuf Balarabe urged students to join the club He advised them to organise debates quizzes and dramas to sensitise other students on the dangers of violence against children He listed the different forms of violence to include physical violence inflicting physical pain on children emotional violence sexual violence and negligence Any students that experience or know someone experiencing any form of violence should speak out and report to their parents or school authorities The school authorities will take it further by reporting to Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centres in the state Galadima Soba said The Principal of the school Mrs Charity Omomugwu described the establishment of the club as necessary and timely and commended NOA for the efforts Omomugwu said the school was teaching students to say no to any form of violence especially sexual violence The establishment of the club is a motivation to do more We had an incidence where a pupil was sexually abused by her elder brother at home and the parents were hiding the matter when we heard it we reported it to the authorities she said A student Grace Sample who was appointed the President of the club said she would ensure adequate sensitisation of other students on issues that border on violence against children The Secretary of the club MacArthur Olorunagbe said that they would organise quizzes and dramas that centre around violence against children as part of the advocacy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NOA establishes clubs in schools to tackle violence against children
     The National Orientation Agency NOA says it has established clubs in 10 secondary schools in Kaduna State to propagate its End Violence Against Children EVAC campaign The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the clubs were established by the agency in collaboration with the state Ministry of Education and UNICEF The state Director of NOA Alhaji Zubairu Galadima Soba said that the aim was to sensitise students on issues surrounding violence against children and how to end it Galadima Soba represented by UNICEF Focal Person Yusuf Balarabe urged students to join the club He advised them to organise debates quizzes and dramas to sensitise other students on the dangers of violence against children He listed the different forms of violence to include physical violence inflicting physical pain on children emotional violence sexual violence and negligence Any students that experience or know someone experiencing any form of violence should speak out and report to their parents or school authorities The school authorities will take it further by reporting to Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centres in the state Galadima Soba said The Principal of the school Mrs Charity Omomugwu described the establishment of the club as necessary and timely and commended NOA for the efforts Omomugwu said the school was teaching students to say no to any form of violence especially sexual violence The establishment of the club is a motivation to do more We had an incidence where a pupil was sexually abused by her elder brother at home and the parents were hiding the matter when we heard it we reported it to the authorities she said A student Grace Sample who was appointed the President of the club said she would ensure adequate sensitisation of other students on issues that border on violence against children The Secretary of the club MacArthur Olorunagbe said that they would organise quizzes and dramas that centre around violence against children as part of the advocacy NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NOA establishes clubs in schools to tackle violence against children
    Education5 months ago

    NOA establishes clubs in schools to tackle violence against children

    The National Orientation Agency (NOA) says it has established clubs in 10 secondary schools in Kaduna State to propagate its End Violence Against Children (EVAC) campaign.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the clubs were established by the agency in collaboration with the state Ministry of Education and UNICEF.

    The state Director of NOA, Alhaji Zubairu Galadima-Soba, said that the aim was to sensitise students on issues surrounding violence against children and how to end it.

    Galadima-Soba, represented by UNICEF Focal Person, Yusuf Balarabe, urged students to join the club.

    He advised them to organise debates, quizzes and dramas to sensitise other students on the dangers of violence against children.

    He listed the different forms of violence to include physical violence (inflicting physical pain on children), emotional violence, sexual violence and negligence.

    “Any students that experience or know someone experiencing any form of violence should speak out and report to their parents or school authorities.

    “The school authorities will take it further by reporting to Salama Sexual Assault Referral Centres in the state,” Galadima-Soba said.

    The Principal of the school, Mrs Charity Omomugwu, described the establishment of the club as necessary and timely and commended NOA for the efforts.

    Omomugwu said the school was teaching students to say no to any form of violence, especially sexual violence.

    “The establishment of the club is a motivation to do more.

    “We had an incidence, where a pupil was sexually abused by her elder brother at home and the parents were hiding the matter, when we heard it, we reported it to the authorities,” she said.

    A student, Grace Sample, who was appointed the President of the club, said she would ensure adequate sensitisation of other students on issues that border on violence against children.

    The Secretary of the club, MacArthur Olorunagbe, said that they would organise quizzes and dramas that centre around violence against children as part of the advocacy.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  r gt Sokoto July 19 2022 Federal Government has begun the training of National Orientation Agency NOA officials for effective implementation of Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP2 0 digitisation and registration in Sokoto State The training is organised by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development It is specifically organised for 23 NOA Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers COMOs The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on the completion of the exercise the trainees would serve as desk officers of GEEP in the 23 Local Government Areas LGAs of the state In a speech the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq said the programme was among the National Social Investment Programmes N SIP meant to tackle poverty and hunger in the country Umar Faruk represented by Mr Segun Awosanya said the success of the programme would depend on the quality and quantity of data generated by COMOs She urged the participants to double their efforts to ensure better implementation of the programme She warned against the extortion and intimidation of beneficiaries The minister said that those found guilty would be dealt with She also said that GEEP 2 0 was designed to create access to credit for the poor and vulnerable people The ministry organised this training to acquaint the trainees with the new criteria of registration the new GEEP digitisation application pre loaded on the tablets to be used by participants The tablets are to be used for digitisation aimed at ensuring seamless programme implementation and to bring the COMOs up to date with the new strategies and requirements for phase two registration she said Earlier NOA s State Director Alhaji Maude Danchadi commended the ministry for trusting the agency with the task Danchadi also thanked the Sokoto State Government for supporting the programme He assured the minister that the officers would double their efforts in ensuring that the success of the programme The agency s State Mobilization Officer Mr Murtala Isa Gwadabawa said the enumeration of beneficiaries was ongoing in all the LGAs Isa Gwadabawa commended the ministry s effort aimed at lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty He promised that NOA team would work tirelessly to ensure the success of the programme He urged GEEP desk officers to pay attention to the training and observe the ethics of the job which included integrity discipline honesty fairness among others NAN reports that GEEP was introduced in 2016 under the supervision of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo The programme consists of Trader Moni Market Moni and Farmer Moni through which loans are disbursed to beneficiaries Under the Farmer Moni beneficiaries get farming equipment in lieu of the amount Items such as tablets and power bank were distributed to the officers for the exercise NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG trains 23 NOA officers on rural empowerment in Sokoto
     r gt Sokoto July 19 2022 Federal Government has begun the training of National Orientation Agency NOA officials for effective implementation of Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme GEEP2 0 digitisation and registration in Sokoto State The training is organised by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development It is specifically organised for 23 NOA Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers COMOs The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on the completion of the exercise the trainees would serve as desk officers of GEEP in the 23 Local Government Areas LGAs of the state In a speech the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq said the programme was among the National Social Investment Programmes N SIP meant to tackle poverty and hunger in the country Umar Faruk represented by Mr Segun Awosanya said the success of the programme would depend on the quality and quantity of data generated by COMOs She urged the participants to double their efforts to ensure better implementation of the programme She warned against the extortion and intimidation of beneficiaries The minister said that those found guilty would be dealt with She also said that GEEP 2 0 was designed to create access to credit for the poor and vulnerable people The ministry organised this training to acquaint the trainees with the new criteria of registration the new GEEP digitisation application pre loaded on the tablets to be used by participants The tablets are to be used for digitisation aimed at ensuring seamless programme implementation and to bring the COMOs up to date with the new strategies and requirements for phase two registration she said Earlier NOA s State Director Alhaji Maude Danchadi commended the ministry for trusting the agency with the task Danchadi also thanked the Sokoto State Government for supporting the programme He assured the minister that the officers would double their efforts in ensuring that the success of the programme The agency s State Mobilization Officer Mr Murtala Isa Gwadabawa said the enumeration of beneficiaries was ongoing in all the LGAs Isa Gwadabawa commended the ministry s effort aimed at lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty He promised that NOA team would work tirelessly to ensure the success of the programme He urged GEEP desk officers to pay attention to the training and observe the ethics of the job which included integrity discipline honesty fairness among others NAN reports that GEEP was introduced in 2016 under the supervision of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo The programme consists of Trader Moni Market Moni and Farmer Moni through which loans are disbursed to beneficiaries Under the Farmer Moni beneficiaries get farming equipment in lieu of the amount Items such as tablets and power bank were distributed to the officers for the exercise NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG trains 23 NOA officers on rural empowerment in Sokoto
    General news5 months ago

    FG trains 23 NOA officers on rural empowerment in Sokoto

    r> Sokoto, July 19, 2022 Federal Government has begun the training of National Orientation Agency (NOA) officials for effective implementation of Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP2.0) digitisation and registration in Sokoto State.

    The training is organised by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.

    It is specifically organised for 23 NOA Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers (COMOs).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on the completion of the exercise, the trainees would serve as desk officers of GEEP in the 23 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

    In a speech, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Hajiya Sadiya Umar-Farouq, said the programme was among the National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP) meant to tackle poverty and hunger in the country.

    Umar-Faruk, represented by Mr Segun Awosanya, said the success of the programme would depend on the quality and quantity of data generated by COMOs. She urged the participants to double their efforts to ensure better implementation of the programme.

    She warned against the extortion and intimidation of beneficiaries.

    The minister said that those found guilty would be dealt with.

    She also said that GEEP 2.0 was designed to create access to credit for the poor and vulnerable people.

    “The ministry organised this training to acquaint the trainees with the new criteria of registration, the new GEEP digitisation application pre-loaded on the tablets to be used by participants.

    “The tablets are to be used for digitisation aimed at ensuring seamless programme implementation and to bring the COMOs up to date with the new strategies and requirements for phase two registration,” she said.

    Earlier, NOA’s State Director, Alhaji Maude Danchadi, commended the ministry for trusting the agency with the task.

    Danchadi also thanked the Sokoto State Government for supporting the programme.

    He assured the minister that the officers would double their efforts in ensuring that the success of the programme.

    The agency’s State Mobilization Officer, Mr Murtala Isa-Gwadabawa, said the enumeration of beneficiaries was ongoing in all the LGAs. Isa-Gwadabawa commended the ministry’s effort aimed at lifting millions of Nigerians out of poverty.

    He promised that NOA team would work tirelessly to ensure the success of the programme.

    He urged GEEP desk officers to pay attention to the training and observe the ethics of the job, which included integrity, discipline, honesty, fairness among others.

    NAN reports that GEEP was introduced in 2016 under the supervision of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

    The programme consists of Trader Moni, Market Moni and Farmer Moni, through which loans are disbursed to beneficiaries.

    Under the Farmer Moni, beneficiaries get farming equipment in lieu of the amount.

    Items such as tablets and power bank were distributed to the officers for the exercise.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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