African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL),with support from other partners on Thursday in Abuja, unveiled a whistleblowing platform to increase citizens’ participation in anti-corruption fight.
Dr Chido Onumah, the Coordinator of the centre said the platform, named Corruption Anonymous (CORA), would help to deepen accountability in governance.
He said that the introduction of the whistle blowing policy on Dec. 22, 2016, was to involve citizens in the fight against corruption.
Onumah said CORA was unveiled to support government and ensure that the fight against corruption made the desired impact.
The coordinator observed that the whistleblowing policy, initially hailed as one of the most effective of all the anti-corruption strategies by the government, was virtually fizzling out.
“The reason for the lack of interest in whistleblowing has been well highlighted in the report of the survey on five years of whistleblowing which AFRICMIL published in December 2021.
“Key findings, among others, are that an overwhelming 98 per cent of the people surveyed believed that corruption is the country’s major problem, but that they lack knowledge of what to report and channel of reporting.
“It is against this backdrop that the CORA whistleblowing platform, the civil-society-driven public reporting option that we are launching today, serves as an invaluable tool.
“It will fill the gap in the disclosure channels which have made fighting corruption through whistleblowing a challenging exercise for citizens,‘’ he said.
Onumah said that the CORA platform would complement government’s whistleblowing platform managed by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA).
“Our goal for this project is to have a citizenry that is sensitive to its role in fighting corruption.
“As Nigerians, we must be aware that the fight against corruption is not one to be left for the government alone.
“Legally and morally, we all have roles to play, and this is what the whistleblowing policy seeks to ensure,’’ he said.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr Abubakar Malami, was represented by Mr Abiodun Aikomo, the Special Assistant to the President on Financial Crimes, commended AFRICMIL for the initiative at the event.
Malami said that a robust legislation for the protection of whistle-blowers was ongoing, adding that the government was not relenting in the fight against corruption.
“The truth of the matter is, corruption is a problem that we are dealing with as a people.
“It is not a government affair, it is a we, all of us Nigerians affair. So, we need the cooperation, collaboration, support and the buy in of everybody.
“Government cannot do it alone. So, we need everybody, I want you to know that government is committed to bringing everybody on board.
“So, people are welcome to blow the whistle, to make sure that we destroy and tackle corruption,’’ said the minister.
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), represented by Mrs Anne Odey, a member of the ICPC board, welcomed the initiative.
Owasanoye, who said it would greatly help in the fight against corruption, advised that the platform be made easily accessible, as well create secured and confidential hotlines for informants and the information received.
This, he said, was necessary to strengthen an ethical environment devoid of victimisation and reprisals.
He also called for a continuous public enlightenment to ensure sustainability and avoid false and mischievous complaints and reports.
Dr Garba Abari, Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), represented by the Director of Press, Mr Paul Odenyi, called on AFRICMIL and Yar’Adua Foundation to extend the whistleblowing platform to election matters.
“This is an opportunity for us to raise the issue of transactional politics that is denting our elections, people are buying and selling votes as if it is a market place.
“So if the platform can be used to blow whistle on those who try to corrupt our electoral system like we witnessed during the party primaries and in elections, it will help,’’ Abari said.
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Muslims to offer special prayers during the Eid-el-Kabir period for the peace, prosperity and stability of the nation in the face of its current challenges.The Director-General of NOA, Dr Garba Abari, made the appeal in an Eid-el-Kabir message to the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria on Friday.Abari urged the faithful to maintain the virtues of peace, love and sacrifice espoused by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the agency’s Assistant Director, Press, Mr Paul Odenyi.He also enjoined Muslims to use the Eid-el-Kabir to seek divine intervention for a quick end to the security challenges bedeviling the country.“It is only with ardent faith in God and love for humanity that the citizens of any nation can peacefully navigate the challenges of nationhood and emerge a stronger, united, more resilient and prosperous people,” he said.Abari also urged Nigerians to observe necessary safety precautions for their own security and that of their immediate environment as they go about the Sallah celebration, stressing the importance of maintaining constant alertness at all times.
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has expressed willingness to partner with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders toward curbing vote-buying in Nigeria, ahead of 2023 poll.
The Director-Deneral, NOA, Dr Garba Abari, said this when he declared open a capacity building training for members of staff in Abuja.
This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by NOA’s Assistant Director, Press, Mr Paul Odenyi.
Odenyi said that Abari was represented by the Director, Special Duties and State Operations, Mrs Mette Edekobi at the event.
He quoted Abari as saying that the agency would leverage on its existing relationship with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to keep Nigerians well informed on the 2023 general elections.
According to him, NOA, in line with its mandate, is poised to lead the charge of voter education, sensitisation and mobilisation ahead of the elections.
The director-general tasked members of staff to be ready at all times to communicate essential electoral information to Nigerians using various conventional and unconventional channels.
According to him, NOA will also be at the forefront of combating fake news and hate speech which are bound to be on the rise during the electioneering period.
“We will discourage electoral violence and ensure free, fair and credible elections, come 2023,’’ Abari said.
He said that the training would be cascaded to the State Directorates and Local Government Offices of the agency to ensure uniformity of preparedness.
He expressed optimism that with massive deployment of members of staff on voter sensitisation duties across the country, Nigerians would have a better informed electoral outing that would help deepen the nation’s democracy. (
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN) has urged the Federal Government to improve budgetary allocation to the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to enhance service delivery and productivity.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by the NOA Assistant Director, Press, Mr Paul Odenyi.
According to the statement, the National President of ASCSN, Dr Tommy Okon, gave the advice during a working visit to the NOA Director-General, Dr Garba Abari.
Okon said that considering the high level of moral decadence in the country, NOA as an agency saddled with the responsibility of guiding the moral ethos of the nation, should be on government’s priority list for funding.
He said it was time for government to have a rethink about the little attention it had paid to the agency, which communicated government policies, programmes and activities to create public awareness and buy-in.
He expressed delight at the cordial and healthy relationship between the management and labour unions in NOA, conditions he described as essential for an active and productive workforce,” Okon said.
The union leader urged the management of NOA to make staff welfare paramount in the areas of promotion, transportation, promotion arrears and bonuses, amongst others, to promote productivity.
He urged the government to boost the agency’s funding to enable it carry out its statutory responsibilities.
Responding, the NOA Director-General, represented by the Director, Human Resource Management, Mr Kehinde Ogunkuade, reiterated the agency’s commitment to its cardinal mandate in spite of funding constraints.
Abari, however, stressed that the NOA would continue to deliver on its mandate notwithstanding the constraints.
According to him, NOA is a citizens engagement agency present in all nooks and crannies of the country.
He said that the NOA had robust platforms to carry out its public enlightenment, orientation, behaviour modification and mass mobilisation functions for national cohesion and development.
He urged the association, as partners in progress, to continue to support the agency in its quest for better welfare and continued cordial relationship with the management.
According to him, NOA will continue to create an enabling environment and provide unflinching support to the union at all times. (
A pressure group, Nsukka Journalists Foundation (NJF) has called for peace, justice, equity and fairness as the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zones its governorship seat to Enugu East Senatorial District.
NJF in a statement issued in Enugu on Sunday warned against the “resurrection of the dreaded Ebeano political family that many Enugu State families have wrong and traumatising memory of.”
The statement was signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees (BOT), Mr Ike Abonyi and Mr Paul Odenyi respectively.
It was also signed by its Acting Chairman, Mrs Amaka Nnaji-Ukwaba and the Secretary, Mr Brendan Eze.
“We the members of the Nsukka Journalists Foundation (NJF) a non-partisan, non-governmental professional organisation have monitored closely the political schemings going on in the state ahead of 2023.
“We restrained ourselves from delving into the partisan politics because our members’ interests are divergent and varied along party and individual lines.
“But our constitution mandates us to show more than passing interest in the political activities leading to the selection of leaders in line with our motto, ‘Conscience of the People,” the group said.
The foundation said it was particularly concerned about the devious act going in the name of politics to domicile all political positions in Enugu East senatorial district in just one area of the zone.
According to the group, political leaders in the state are trying to allot the seats of the three House of Representatives, Senate and governor to one area that has already produced governors and ministers in the past.
“We are in agreement with the school of thoughts asserting that the zoning formular in the state since 1999 should be retained because it has helped to create political stability, the foundation said.
NJF said that the scheming was against the people of Isi-Uzo Local Government Area that had never produced governor, senator or minister.
“The NJF therefore will stand up vehemently against any move to totally deny Isi-Uzo Local Government Area in Enugu East of their dues.
“They are politically and geopolitically part and parcel of the senatorial zone but have remained grossly marginalised in appointments and infrastructural development.
“It will be the height of injustice in the land to exclude Isi-Uzo from all the five key elective positions (Governor, Senator and 3 House of Representatives seats), meant for the senatorial district.” NJF said.
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on the Muslim faithful to dedicate the Eid-el- kabir celebration to praying for the peace, prosperity and stability of the nation in the face of its current challenges.
The Director General of NOA, Mr Garba Abari, made the call in a Sallah message to the Muslim faithful in Nigeria, contained in a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi.
Abari urged them to maintain the virtues of peace, love and sacrifice espoused by Prophet Mohammed.
He called on the Muslim faithful to use the Eid-el-Kabir to seek divine intervention for a quick end to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
“It is only with ardent faith in God and love for humanity that the citizens of any nation can peacefully navigate the challenges of nationhood and emerge stronger, united, more resilient and prosperous as a people,” Abari said.
The director general admonished Nigerians to exercise necessary caution for the sake of their health and security as they go about the Sallah celebration.
He reiterated the importance of maintaining all the COVID-19 safety protocols at home and in public.
Abari said these include regular handwashing with soap, use of hand sanitisers and face masks, as well as physical distancing of two meters from other people.
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Dr Garba Abari, Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), has expressed “deep concern” over the rising cases of rape and violence against women in Nigeria.
Abari, in a statement by Mr Paul Odenyi, the agency’s spokesman, decried the rising spate of rape cases and sexual violence against women, describing the situation as “an evil against humanity” and urging Nigerians to work together to end the trend.
“There is a need for immediate action; urgent action must be taken by parents, teachers, religious leaders and other players responsible for teaching good behaviour.
“Security agents, whose role it is to enforce the laws, must adopt stringent measures to protect the girl child. The problem has spread to all parts of the country. Rape is not just a crime against our culture, but also an offence against morality as preached by all religions.
“I am really disturbed about the situation. Where did we learn all these sexual violence and rape which is going on everywhere now?
“Is it in the Churches or Mosques? Or is it part of our culture? We must do something urgently to stop this problem and save our young ones,” he said.
He urged victims to speak up immediately through relevant bodies and seek medical support so as to overcome their traumatic experience.
Abari ordered state directorates of the agency to inculcate the anti-rape messages within the COVID-19 campaigns in order to educate Nigerians on the dangers of the menace .
Edited By: Edith Bolokor and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
Dr Garba Abari, Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has lauded the staff of the agency (field officers) for their dedication to the fight against COVID-19.
Abari particularly commended them raising awareness and advocacy as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the country.
The director general commended the staff in a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi.
The NOA chief, who described as exceptional and unprecedented, efforts made so far by the staff to help curb the spread of the virus, also acknowledged their “selfless dedication” to duty throughout the virus lockdown period.
He added that even in the face of limited resources, staff still did their best in sensitising citizens to the need to adhere strictly to the safety protocol recommended by the government and the World Health Organisation.
“I thank NOA staff for their generosity of spirit and for their industry in sourcing partnerships, which have sustained the COVID-19 sensitisation at the community level.
“Management takes note of this ingenuity and sacrifice.
“In spite of the paucity of funds, they ensured that the people remain well-informed to stay safe.
“This conduct is a clear reflection of the fact that NOA staff are genuine practitioners of the patriotism which they preach,” Abari said.
NOA boss, however, called on staff of the agency to remain vigilant and resolute in advocacy for hygienic practices as well as compliance with protocols and advisories from government and health workers, especially now that community transmission appeared to be on the increase
“This is not the time to relax. The number of infected people from community transmission has far outnumbered those who got infected from outside the country.
“This means that as community mobilisation officers and state directorates, you must add more efforts to reach the innermost parts of our communities,” he added
He further urged the staff to remain undeterred by the difficulties of the circumstances in which they work, and to continue to justify the setting up of the institution more than thirty years ago.
“We must remain focused and zealous in the days ahead until COVID-19 is eradicated in Nigeria,” said.
As Nigerians join other Muslims worldwide to mark the 2020 Eid-el-Fitr amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged citizens to observe all precautionary measures against the disease.
The Director General of NOA, Mr Garba Abari, made the call in a Sallah message to the Muslim faithful in Nigeria, a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi, said.
Abari also urged them to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan, some of which are discipline, selflessness, and piety.
According to the director general, the month of Ramadan is a period that Muslims should take advantage of to strengthen their faith and stay safe from the ravaging coronavirus by adhering strictly to the precautionary measures put in place.
He said leaders at the local level should take responsibility for enforcing movement restriction orders, inspiring compliance with all advisories by government in line with the spirit of Sallah.
“We cannot afford to be careless or nonchalant about safety precautions in our religious and cultural observations.
“We must be cautious (so as) not to facilitate community transmission of COVID19.
“Leaders, especially in religious and traditional communities, must take responsibility for the safety of the members of their communities from COVID-19 as they interact.
“They can do this by ensuring that prescribed social distancing, use of face masks, regular hand washing, and sanitisation are observed in our communities,” he said
The NOA chief urged Muslims to keep praying for divine protection of Nigerians from the coronavirus, and for the speedy recovery of those already infected.
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The Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari, on Friday urged Nigerian workers to ensure increased commitment to duty.
Abari, in a goodwill message to Nigerian workers to mark the 2020 Workers Day, said the need for such commitment has further been underlined by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Workers need to be more committed to their duties in order to achieve greater productivity that would be required to re-activate the economy after COVID-19,’’ he urged in a statement signed by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi.
He restated the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected the world’s economy, and pointed out that returning it to a better state would require a lot.
“The full strength, energy and initiative of the working class would be required to be able to return the Nigerian economy to its normal level and even ensure growth in the near future.
“So, whether working from the office or from home, Nigerian workers should bring their expertise to bear in their various organisations and industries to ensure the eradication of the virus in our country.”
Abari also urged Nigerian workers to justify the confidence reposed in them and the goodwill shown to them by President Muhammadu Buhari in the recent implementation of the new minimum wage.
“They can do this by rising to the occasion at this time when the nation needs them most.’’
Abari, while saluting the doggedness and sacrifice of medical personnel and other frontline workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, said the disease could only be contained in Nigeria by Nigerians.
“In the days ahead, the current situation will call for greater sacrifice and dedication from Nigerian workers to whom our dear nation has given a lot.
“There is no better time to manifest our patriotism as workers than in these difficult times.
“As we pay our respects to workers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty fighting COVID-19, we also pray for their repose and the consolation of their families.
“We must urge other workers not to relent in giving their best in service for the safety of the ones we love and for the sake of our dear nation,” the NOA director-general said.
Edited By: Remi Koleoso and Olawale Alabi) (NAN)