The Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has charged Nigerian students to emphasize patriotism in their daily lives while de-emphasizing ethnic and regional loyalties in the interest of Nigeria’s collective future.
Mr. Omeri gave the charge when students of the Public Administration and Local Government Department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka came calling in his office for a familiarization and mentoring session. He urged the students to take full advantage of the opportunity for education available to them and shun distractions.
The NOA boss commended the students under the aegis of Public Administration and Local Government Students Association (PALGSA) for their desire to be part of government’s effort at positive social change, stressing the need for the students to personalize the Transformation Agenda of government because, according to him, national transformation begins with the individual.
In his words, “Your life and progress is all about your country. Unless you uphold your country, you are nothing. Use the talents of your different cultures to enrich others. A new Nigeria, in the vision of President Goodluck Jonathan, is one that is transformed to do the right thing; a marked change in the way we do things, a complete U-turn”.
Speaking on behalf of the students, the President of the Association, Mr. Ike Kindness said the students had heard so much about the role of the NOA in social transformation and the visit was therefore to tap from the Agency’s drive and vision as it had earlier paid a similar visit to the National Assembly.
In his own contribution, the Secretary General of the Association and NOA Ambassador, Mr. Wewele Alex said the students were inspired by the contributions of the NOA to the administration of the polity by the government of President Goodluck Jonathan and was poised to leverage on that inspiration in their future practice of their profession.