The Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has called on traditional rulers to champion the campaign for national rebirth through value reorientation.
He made this call when he paid a courtesy visit to the Olubadan, the paramount ruler of Ibadan, Oba Dr. Samuel Odulana, Odugade the first. Mr. Omeri commended the significant historical contributions of the Olubadan and the Ibadan people to the evolution of the present day united Nigerian state.
He harped on the need for Nigerians to “return to the path of values”, noting however, that that return will not be possible without the traditional institution taking the lead. “Traditional institutions should begin to emphasize merit in the conferment of traditional titles rather than conferring titles on people of questionable means for the wrong reasons and celebrating the wrong values thereby creating the wrong role models for our youth. Traditional institutions must return the country to the values our society was known for”, he said.
Mr. Omeri canvassed for what he called an Attitude Adjustment Programme akin to the defunct Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP). “If we could have a Structural Adjustment Programme for the economy, why can’t we have an Attitude Adjustment Programme for values?” he reasoned, charging public officers, especially at the national level, to always think of the nation first and not their tribal or religious inclinations.
Responding on behalf of the Olubadan, the Osi Olubadan, second in command to the Olubadan, Senator Lekan Balogun commended the NOA for its vibrancy but noted the enormity of the task of the Agency in serving as the conscience of the nation. In his view, “If NOA succeeds, then Nigeria will succeed as a nation, and I pray they succeed. He however charged the NOA to do all it takes to ensure it records more lasting impacts in attitudinal transformation that the War Against Indiscipline campaign did during the military era.
In another development, Mr. Mike Omeri has charged Nigerian youth to imbibe the culture of hardwork, responsibility and commitment to the fatherland as qualities that will guarantee them a bright future.
He gave this charge during a mentoring session organized by the NOA for students of Maverick College, Ibadan, explaining that the choice of the school was informed by the noticeable commitment of the school to Civic Education.
He said love of country remains “the single most important thing in our lives without which there can be no development”. He charged the students as leaders of tomorrow, to imbibe positive orientations to ensure they achieve their life’s dreams, insisting that the youth must cultivate a strong commitment to the fatherland irrespective of where they may go in the world.
Mr. Omeri further dissuaded the youth from ethnic and religious chauvinism and rather urged them to embrace nationalism as the bedrock of a strong and virile society. He also emphasized the virtues of good character and respect for constituted authority which, he said, would help them develop into youth that the nation would be proud of.
The Principal, Maverick College, Ibadan, Mrs. Kofoworola Kuyinu who was full of gratitude to the NOA decried the low level of civics in Nigeria’s education curriculum called for the full institutionalization of Civic Education in the nation’s education curriculum. She condemned the trend of Nigerians observing civic duties abroad but doing the opposite at home, stressing that the school remains committed to inculcating civics in the Nigerian youth for a better Nigeria.