This Day (Lagos)

29 August 2012

Nigeria: NOA Campaigns for Return of Civic Education

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) Tuesday said it was spearheading a campaign for the return of Civic and Moral Education to the Nigerian school curricula.

Speaking Tuesday during a courtesy visit to the corporate headquarters of THISDAY Newspapers in Lagos, the Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri, said there were certain key aspects of the nation's life span, which needed to be taught in schools at this time.

He said following a study, the NOA discovered that there were a good number of Nigerians, who were doing good things and who should be honoured.

Omeri said it was this that informed his trip to Lagos, ostensibly to decorate Governor Babatunde Fashola, with the Civic Responsibility Award for reprimanding a military officer, who was caught driving against traffic.

The NOA DG also stated that his agency had also celebrated the good acts of two taxi drivers, who recently returned huge sums of monies left in their vehicles by passengers and a military officer who gave his car to a family with a member under a life-threatening situation.

Omeri said the NOA had inaugurated a broad-themed campaign, 'Do The Right Thing'. It is a sector-based campaign for value re-orientation.

According to him, one of the platforms on which the campaign will be driven is the 'Citizens Response Volunteer Scheme' that will embrace a community of organisations and individuals who will become advocates for value-based interventions.

Omeri, who assumed office seven months ago, said the general malaise in the country was a result of people refusing to do the right thing. He therefore, pledged to carry out the key mandate of the agency, by taking advocacy on national consciousness to the next level.

Stressing the need for the repositioning of Nigerian, in light of the various levels of decay witnessed in the country, Omeri stated that the agency will utilise the newly launched, 'Do the Right Thing,' platform to inculcate the right attitude into every Nigerian.

"We must teach and instil the right attitude in our families, on the street, on our roads, and every aspect of our lives. We need to be constantly reminded to help create a value based nation," he said.

Omeri further stated that achieving a re-branded Nigeria entailed re-orientating Nigerians; from hence the potential impact of the scheme would be achieved.

"Nigeria lacks nothing. But we have somehow missed the values and must redirect our steps," he stated.

Omeri, however, enumerated some of the challenges faced by the agency to include lack of sufficient fund, personnel and equipment to execute its mandate.

He said: "As an agency charged with that mandate of re-branding the minds of our divergent brothers and sisters; facilitating the message remains a great challenge in terms of funds. The uniqueness f the agency is that we drive the message with different languages and cultures as is applicable to all the local governments where we have our offices. Orientation is a continuous process and engaging the different segments of the society according to their needs, can only be achievable when there is manpower, mobility as well as support from other stakeholders to help us deliver."

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