MEDIA ARE NATION BUILDERS, SAYS DG NOA
The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has described the media as the nation builders through their various activities of reporting.
Omeri made this declaration during a courtesy visit by the Independent Hajj Reporters, an NGO poised to create awareness among Nigerian Muslims going for yearly pilgrimage in Saudi-Arabia on the need to be good ambassadors.
NOA boss who acknowledged the “curious” security challenges facing the country, appealed to journalists to be proactive in their reporting, adding that such effort was capable of addressing the nation’s social ills in “our political and social space.”
“It is possible to change the taste of the public through proactive reporting especially in time of crisis so that we can collectively salvage our country,” Omeri stressed.
Omeri thanked the visiting Reporters for their “initiative and thoughtfulness” to come together to create awareness among Nigerians, saying that right values should be injected in intending pilgrims as they “perform yearly holy pilgrimage” to holy city of Mecca. He enjoined eligible Muslim faithful to respect and obey rules and regulations of the host country, saying that values are universal.
Omeri assured them of the Agency’s readiness to partner on key areas of enthronement of “acceptable” attitudes, just as he said the NOA and the media both “seek to promote a peaceful society as agents of change.”
Earlier, the leader of the team and the National Coordinator, Independent Hajj Reporters, Alhaji Ibrahim Muhammad who congratulated NOA boss on his recent conferment of award as a fellow of the National Institute for Islamic Culture and Research, had told Omeri they were seeking the Agency’s cooperation to jointly organize seminars and workshops. He said such partnership would strengthen the Agency’s charge of “Do the Right Thing,” and help to produce intending pilgrims of “good characters.”
No fewer than 95,000 Nigerians will perform this year’s holy pilgrimage to the holy land in Mecca, with an estimated 500,000 performing both hajj and Umrah (lesser hajj) in a year.