NOA CAMPUS FOCUS FLAG-OFF
The DG NOA in his opening remark made clear the objective of the programme. Mr. Mike Omeri stated that in furtherance of NOA’s mandate of promoting positive value re-orientation in Nigeria, the Agency has commenced the third phase of its “Do the right Thing: Transform Nigeria” charge aimed at reawakening the consciousness of Nigerians on the need to embrace the values of peace, patriotism, honesty, hardwork and respect for constituted authority. The focus of this place of the programme is the tertiary institutions of learning which have witnessed different forms of vices finding expression in cultism, examination malpractice, drug abuse, disrespect for authority, rape and other forms of indiscipline.
The implications of this situation have been adverse and far reaching for the Nation’s development aspirations. The present phase of the programme is tagged “Do the Right Thing: Campus Focus” is, therefore, targeted to promote, among Nigerian youths in tertiary Institutions of learning, positive attitudes that will ensure the full development of their potentials, while encouraging them to conform to those desirable values necessary for national transformation.
The flag-off took place at the 2000 sitter capacity indoor conference hall of the University of Calabar which was filled to overflow with Students and eminent Nigerians including the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Cabinet Ministers, Traditional leaders, as well as distinguished guests and resource persons. The Former World Bank Vice-President for Africa, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili was the Key note speaker for the day. She delivered her keynote address on ‘Nigerian Tertiary Institutions of Learning- Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Implications for National Transformation.’ According to her, tertiary institutions in the country are important vehicles of rural transformation hence the need for youths to act as agents of change.She frowned on the way youths have embraced social vices, saying the action had hindered national transformation that could promote development.
Also present at the event was the Senate Leader -Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN) who served as the Chairperson on the panel of discussants during the interactive session with students. Panel of discussants included Prof. Muhammed Tawfiq Ladan (from the Faculty of Law, ABU Zaria), Prof. Femi Odekunle (Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Abuja), Madam Ene Ede (Executive Director of Equity Advocates), Mr. Emeka Eluem Izeze (MD Guardian Newspaper) and Comrade Jude Imagwe (Senior special assistant to the President on Youth and Student matters).
The hall was set alive by interesting lectures and remarks from resource persons leading to series of memorable debates that will not be easily forgotten. The day was spiced up with comedy drama performances from the University of Calabar drama and cultural dance troupes. Overall, the success of this programme was far reaching and impactful as participant’s attendance remained consistent from 10am when it commenced to 5pm concluding time. The NOA “Do the Right Thing: Campus Focus” is expected to continue at State level where every NOA State directorate is expected to mirror this event at other Tertiary Institutions of Higher Learning in every State of the Federation.