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)
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on electorate in Anambra to disregard the threat by Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) against the Nov. 18 governorship election.
Dr Garba Abari, Director-General NOA in a statement signed by Mr Paul Odenyi, Head of Press Unit in Abuja on Monday, urged the people to come out en masse and exercise their franshise at the poll.
Abari, who was reacting to the “vote and die” threat by IPOB, assured that security agencies were fully prepared and on ground, to ensure the safety of voters before, during and after the election.
He described the renewed threat as an attempt by miscreants to stampede the will of the people using baseless intimidation in pursuit of their selfish ends.
Abari expressed optimism that the election will not only hold as scheduled but will be without security failures.
“The renewed threat is not taking the authorities by surprise. All adequate measures to checkmate the excesses of IPOB and other unlawful groups with regard to the Anambra election are already fully in place.
“The security agencies are prepared to forestall any breakdown of law and order and to protect voters, other election stakeholders and the general public toward a hitch free election.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is very prepared to conduct the election. Let no one be afraid or in doubt,” Abari said.
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Abuja, Aug. 31, 2017 Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Muslims, to exhibit the virtues of sacrifice, peace, love and tolerance as they celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir.
Abari, in a statement issued by the Head of Press Unit of NOA, Mr Paul Odenyi, urged the Muslim Ummah to use the 2017 celebration to renew their commitment to unity of the nation and brotherhood.
“Peace, love and hard work are preconditions for development in any country. This period of Eid-el-Kabir should remind us of that virtue in order to build our country.
“I call on all Nigerians to continue to support the present administration to deliver on its promises in line with the change agenda.
“The progress, unity and development of any country can only be achieved in a peaceful atmosphere.
“I also urge all Muslims to be law abiding and security conscious,’’ Abari said, assuring that the Federal Government had put in place measures to ensure peaceful.
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Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has urged state governments to take advantage of National Orientation Agency’s (NOA) robust platform for effective mass mobilisation and public sensitisation on government programmes.
Mohammed made this known in a statement signed by Mr Paul Odenyi, the Head Press Unit, NOA, and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday.
The minister gave the advice at a meeting of all the information agencies at the Federal level and Commissioners for Information.
He said that the National Council on Information (NCI) had approved NOA’s request to train national and state assembly members on patriotism so as to increase citizens’ understanding of government activities, programmes and policies.
Mohammed said that NOA’s proposal for synergy between states on the use of the government’s “Change Begins with Me campaign’’ on state-owned media houses is with a view to achieving citizens’ engagement on the principles of the campaign.
He said that one of the memoranda that NOA presented was the adoption of the Agency’s Patriotism and Ethics First (PEF) programme as an induction training platform for parliamentarians at both Federal and state level.
He said that the Federal Executive Council, senior civil servants and some para-military organisations had already adopted the PEF.
“This is in a bid to underscore the need for public officers to imbibe basic patriotism education in the discharge of their functions.’’
He said that NCI also agreed that all Commissioners for Information should work with the NOA to activate all platforms for citizens’ engagement such as traditional rulers, religious organisations, Town Unions, among others.
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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called for a concrete national affirmative action for women in business, to ensure their inclusion in the economy and entrench justice, equity and fairness.
Abari, made the remark in a statement signed by Mr Paul Odenyi, Head of NOA Press Unit, in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said this when he received the National Coordinator of the Association of Nigerian Women Business Network (ANWBN), Mrs Nkiru Okpala, during an advocacy visit in Abuja.
Abari said that NOA would study the business agenda of the association, with a view to developing it into an advocacy tool.
He said that in spite of the impact of the current economic recession on the Nigerian business environment, the economic recovery programme of government would enable the country to emerge a stronger economy.
Abari urged women in agriculture not to relent in growing what Nigerians eat while urging the citizens to eat local foods and avoid making the nation a dumping ground for substandard and expensive foreign foods.
According to him, women constitute over 50 per cent of the population and as such could not be sidelined.
Earlier, Okpala said that the association, a coalition of 18 existing groups, formed in 2013, was committed to business research and policy advocacy across the 36 states, especially as it affects women.
Okpala said women, being a core part of the economy, must be mainstreamed and used to grow Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.
She said this would mobilise Nigerian women to “walk together and walk far” in business, through capacity building for businesses to engender professionalism.
According to her, the National Women Business Agenda is a document that identifies the policies, laws and regulations which impair the performance of women in business and also hinder their growth.
Okpala urged relevant government agencies and policy makers to leverage on the document to create a more efficient Nigerian business environment.
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Dr Garba Abari, Director General, National Orientation Agency, (NOA) has called for update on the humanitarian requirements for abandoned young persons in the North East.
Abari made the remark in a statement signed by Mr Paul Odenyi, Head of Press Unit, NOA, in Abuja on Monday.
Abari, said this when the British High Commission’s Head of Counter-Terrorism, Mr James McCormick paid a courtesy visit to NOA to seek collaboration on strategic communication towards countering violent extremism in Nigeria.
He said in February, as many as 49,000 orphans had been picked up by the authorities in Borno and Yobe States with the possibility of higher numbers as the military continued to clear the camps.
He said the Agency was following up on its counter-terrorism interventions by developing a counter-extremism narrative to discourage young people in the North East from engaging in acts of terror.
Abari, said that NOA had trained the media on reporting peace building processes and had intensified its peace building advocacy while using its Local Government Assembly platform to get Nigerians to dialogue for peaceful coexistence.
The NOA boss said the Agency had overcome initial challenges posed by disagreeing Sunni Islamic sects in Borno and Yobe areas over cooperation in developing the narrative.
He added that the groups were now working together to adopt a common narrative which would be finalised soon.
In his remark, McCormick said that the United Kingdom had lessons to learn from Nigeria in the face of recent terror attacks in Britain and was willing to share experience based on ideas with Nigeria.
McCormick said the UK had also learnt the importance of inter-agency cooperation in countering violent extremism which he described as a strong point in Nigeria’s counter-terrorism fight.
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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Friday, called for the domestication of the Child Rights Act in all states.
Abari, who made the remark in a statement signed by Mr Paul Odenyi, Head of Press Unit, NOA,in Abuja said that the rights of the child remains sacrosanct and must therefore be upheld by all.
He made the call when Mrs. Betsy Olutunde, the Executive Secretary, National Council of Child Rights Advocates of Nigeria (NACCRAN), represented by the Council’s Director of Programmes and International Relations, paid him a courtesy visit.
Abari said that the “the Nigerian child is a Nigerian citizen and citizenship carries certain privileges that ought not to be denied.
“How much respect, love and care we are able to give our children speaks volumes about what our priorities really are”.
He therefore appealed to state Governments that are yet to domesticate the Act to do so.
He also urged on child rights advocates to remain relentless until that is achieved.
Abari, pledged the agency’s commitment to partnering with NACCRAN on adequate messaging and sensitisation on child rights.
In her remarks, Olutunde disclosed that NACCRAN was working to establish a rescue centre for children whose parents are unavailable or incapacitated by circumstances to cater for them in line with global best practices.
She said that stakeholders, including the diplomatic community have expressed support for the initiative.
She who expressed concerns that 44 communities in the FCT still practice the killing of twins.
Olutunde, expressed optimism that the domestication of the Child Rights Act would be instrumental to the abolition of such barbaric practice.
She stressed that NOA had specific role to play towards achieving the nationwide domestication.
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As Nigerian children joined their counterparts across the world to mark the 2017 Children’s Day, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged children and youths to believe in Nigeria and work towards its development.
Dr Garba Abari, Director-General, NOA, said this in a goodwill message, signed by Mr Paul Odenyi, Head Press Unit, NOA and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Saturday.
Abari urged the Children to believe in Nigeria and be encouraged to work towards its development, saying that no Nigerian is too young to contribute to national development.
He said that the posterity of Nigeria was as great as the efforts put into developing the nation today by citizens of all ages.
He, therefore, urged Nigerian children and youths to effectively deploy their energies towards developing and elevating the nation to take its pride of place in the comity of nations.
Abari added that a critical step in that direction was for them to imbibe the national core values.
The NOA boss cited the spirited efforts in securing the release of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls as eloquent testimony of government’s commitment to ensuring a qualitative future for Nigerian youths.
He, however, admonished the youth to remain focused in the pursuit of education and self-development, despite the current challenges facing the nation, which he said are temporary.
Abari also described Nigerian youths as creative, innovative and second to none in the world, urging them to shun social vices and behaviours capable of endangering the purposeful pursuit of their dreams.
He urged Nigerian parents to use the Day to reflect on their contribution toward the overall development of the Nigerian child with a view to up scaling their efforts.
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The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has commended the National Assembly for initiating the review of the Ordinance Act, to make it more effective.
Dr Garba Abari, the NOA Director-General, made the commendation in Abuja on Tuesday in a statement signed by Mr Paul Odenyi, Head, Press Unit.
Abari said that the commitment of the House of Representatives would ensure stiffer sanctions against abuse of national symbols.
He also said that the sponsor of the bill had proposed a N100, 000 penalty against people who distort the national flag and other national symbols.
He commended the National Assembly for giving legal recognition to the agency’s advocacy for the amendment of relevant but obsolete sections of the Ordinance Act.
Abari said that the obsolete state of sections of the Ordinance Act, made it difficult to appropriately sanction defaulters.
He, therefore, commended the 8th National Assembly for taking measures to protect national symbols from abuse.
He said that the agency would make appropriate input into the bill during the public hearing and other committee activities that might be required in the process.
The NOA boss had previously presented the correct Nigerian National Flag to the Senate and House of Representatives heads of committees overseeing the agency.
The Bill for an Act to amend the National Flag and Coat of Arms sponsored by Hon. Sam Onuigbo on May 5, had scaled through the second reading.
Edited by: Morayo Omolade/Nkechi Okoronkwo