The National Orientation Agency (NOA) is set to mainstream girl child development and orientation in society in a bid to ensure greater women participation in governance and social development.
Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri disclosed this in his office when he received his counterpart from the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Ms. Onyeka Onwenu on a courtesy visit.
In mainstreaming girl child orientation, Mr. Omeri said the NOA would closely collaborate with the NCWD to educate the girl child on the important role she plays in national development and the imperative for her to participate actively in governance.
Speaking further, he said “The girl child must begin to understand her civic responsibility as a responsible citizen of this country. It is the girl child that grows into a woman, and women play a vital role in building any country. In Nigeria however, you find the unfortunate reality that many women care less about some civic responsibilities, for instance, how leaders emerge. The issue of voter apathy and lack of adequate participation in leadership needs to be addressed through deliberate re-orientation efforts. So the NOA and the NCWD will pool resources together to develop appropriate orientation for the girl child in line with the Transformation Agenda of government”.
Earlier, the NCWD Director General, Ms. Onyeka Onwenu identified the nexus between women development and national development, noting that whatever affects women has far reaching impacts on the nation considering their population and roles as care givers, bridge builders and inspirational role models.
Onyeka Onwenu was emphatic that women must be adequately sensitized on the place they occupy in nation building so as to galvanize them for more active involvement in governance community service. She called on all Nigerian women to rise up to the task of nation building by galvanizing their talents and potentials in that regard.