NOA IS AN ACTIVIST OF THE MASSES, says DG NOA
The Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has said that the Agency is an activist of the Nigerian masses through its feedback mechanisms to enable them assess government’s programmes and register their feelings.
Omeri said this in his remarks when he received officers and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) who were on a week-long training in abuja on “Principles and Practice of Alternative Dispute Resolution.”
He said: “NOA provides platforms to engender participatory governance. We are the conscience of the masses. NOA tells government people’s feelings and reactions
about its policies.”
Omeri who used the visit to remind Nigerians of the uniqueness of the Agency, disclosed that NOA “speaks more than 520 national dialects,” adding that this had reflected in the Agency’s composition of staff strength and simplified NOA/masses interactions.
“We are mindful of recruiting staff of different localities to further explain, in local dialects, policies and programmes of governments to people of their immediate environment. This policy also helps at feedback level,” said Omeri.
Earlier, the Asst. Commandant and the team leader, Mr. Ojelabi David commended the Agency for its programme “Do the Right Thing: Patriotism and Ethics First,” stressing that the Agency was chosen based on his strong belief that no organization could have been a better partner in their campaign for alternative dispute resolution.
The Agency had recently organised workshops for its selected staff designated as “Social Justice Officers” who are trained to help victims of social injustice and provide platforms for alternative dispute resolution.