By Deji Abdulwahab
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) on Wednesday reviewed and validated its five-year strategic work plan from 2021 to 2025.
The Director-General of NOA, Alhaji Garba Abari said this at the Stakeholders Review and Validation Session on the Plan in Abuja,
Abari said the plan was to upgrade the performance capacity of the agency as well as skills and capacity of the staff members with a view to repositioning the agency for higher performance.
“There is no gain saying that no country can attain any form of development without putting in place sound policies and programmes. This session, therefore, is imperative to development,’’’ he said.
Mrs Ene Obi, Country Director, Action Aid Nigeria who commended NOA for upgrading its activities, stressed the need to reintroduce civic education into the school curriculum.
Obi said that many youths could not recite Nigeria ‘s National Anthem due to the fact that many schools had removed civic education in their curriculum.
According to her, if civic education is restored, it will go a long way in promoting moral values and democratic ethics in our society.
“There is also need for governments to embark on political education so that our politicians can be taught on good governance.
“More importantly, investment in human capital is also key to national development,’’ she said.
Mr Chris Ngando, an official urged NOA to rekindle the minds of Nigerians to have faith and trust on the nation’s democracy.
Ngando said that although Nigeria had challenges of inclusiveness and deepened democracy, these could be addressed as the nation’s democracy was young at 22 years.
“ NOA occupies strategic role in addressing the issue surrounding perception, building social cohesion and loyalty.
“I see here a sign to fall in love with Nigeria and NOA is in prime position to advance those reasons.
“More importantly, NOA has a role to play in safeguarding the hearts and minds of our population against hopelessness,’’ Ngando said. (NAN)