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NOA urges Nigerians to treat national symbols with respect




The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to imbibe the attitude of respect for the national symbols.

Dr Garba Abari, Director-General of the agency made this call in Abuja on Monday to commemorate this year’s National Symbol Day.

According to a statement by the Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi, Abari spoke at the celebration of the nation’s emblems, which include, the National Anthem, National Pledge, National Identity Card, Currency, Passport and the Coat of Arms.

He said that imbibing the attitude of respect for Nigeria’s national symbols would entrench the spirit of collective nationality among the people.

“The National symbols serve as rallying points for identity and cohesion. It deserves to be celebrated with respect and pride.

“These symbols must be treated with care to avoid mutilation, stains, improper rendition or display as the case may be. People must stop spraying the naira at social events,” Abari said.

The NOA boss urged public institutions to check the condition of  the national flag hoisted in its different premises to be sure that the correct colour was used for the Coat of Arms.

He urged all Nigerians to join the advocacy for the promotion of our national symbols.


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NOA DG lauds staff for dedication to fight against COVID-19



Dr Garba Abari, Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has lauded the staff of the agency (field officers) for  their dedication to the fight against COVID-19.

Abari particularly commended them raising awareness and advocacy as part of efforts to contain the spread of the virus in the country.

The director general commended the staff in a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi.

The NOA chief, who described as exceptional and unprecedented, efforts made so far by the staff to help curb the spread of the virus, also acknowledged  their “selfless dedication” to duty throughout the virus lockdown period.

He added that even in the face of limited resources, staff still did their best in sensitising citizens to the need to  adhere strictly to the safety protocol recommended by the government and the  World Health Organisation.

“I thank NOA staff for their generosity of spirit and for their industry in sourcing partnerships, which have sustained the COVID-19 sensitisation at the community level.

“Management takes note of this ingenuity and sacrifice.

“In spite of the paucity of funds, they ensured that the people remain well-informed to stay safe.

“This conduct is a clear reflection of the fact that NOA staff are genuine practitioners of the patriotism which they preach,” Abari said.

NOA boss, however, called on staff of the agency to remain vigilant and resolute in advocacy for hygienic practices as well as compliance with protocols and advisories from government and health workers, especially now that community transmission appeared to be on the increase

“This is not the time to relax. The number of infected people from community transmission has far outnumbered those who got infected from outside the country.

“This means that as community mobilisation officers and state directorates, you must add more efforts to reach the innermost parts of our communities,” he added

He further urged the staff to remain undeterred by the difficulties of the circumstances in which they work, and  to continue to justify the setting up of the institution more than thirty years ago.

“We must remain focused and zealous in the days ahead until COVID-19 is eradicated in Nigeria,” said.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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COVID-19: NOA intensifies campaign, seeks media collaboration against spread



The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Ebonyi has embarked on house-to-house and streets-to-streets enlightenment campaigns on the public to adhere strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols.

The State Director of the Agency, Dr Emma Abah, made this known on Thursday, during it COVID-19 motorised campaign, around major city centres in the state.

The campaign had as its theme : “Communicating Government Policies, Programmes and Activities”.

Abah, who addressed the general public in various languages during the campaign, said that the sensitisation aimed at reaching out to those at the grassroots level who might be ignorant of the pandemic and its protocols.

The state director, who led the campaign team, said that the exercise would be extended to the 13 Local Government areas of Ebonyi by the Community Orientation and Mobilization Officers.

He said the campaign would focus specifically on those who did not believe that the epidemic was real.

Abah said: “We are reaching out to streets, government offices, motor parks, traditional rulers, village heads, villages, communities among other groups to observe the safety measures.

“The public enlightenment is to ensure total compliance of the COVID-19 regulations such as regular hand wash, use of sanitizers, face masks, avoiding socal gathering, socal distancing and among other preventive measures.”

He called on electronic and print media organisations’ supports to assist governments efforts in containing the coronavirus spread through continuous sensitisation of the public.

The General Manager, Nigeria Television Authority, Abakaliki, Uzoma Ozordi, pledged the organisation’s continuous support to fight the pandemic.

“We have taken measures and will continue to assist the state government with programmes to boost its efforts,” Ozordi said.

Also the General Manager, Federal Radio Corporation, Unity FM, Abakaliki, Mr Rex Eze promised to work together with NOA in Ebonyi to achieve set objectives.

The representative of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ebonyi, Mr Anthony Obasi, also urged the state government to step up measures to prevent spread of the virus in parks.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the campaign progressed from street-to-street, city centres, government offices and various offices of media houses in Ebonyi.

Edited By: Dianabasi Effiong/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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COVID-19: NOA begins motorised sensitisation in Nasarawa



The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Nasarawa State says it has commenced a motorised sensitisation against the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Dr Priscilla Gondo-Aluor, Director, NOA, Nasarawa State, said on Thursday in Lafia that the sensitisation became necessary for residents not to misconstrue the relaxation of lockdown for end of COVID-19.

According to Gondo-Aluor, the general public should take note that the virus is still affecting people worldwide, including Nigeria.

She reminded the residents to adhere to the recommended safety measures, including wearing of face mask, physical distancing, regular washing of hands with soap and water as well as use of alcohol-based sanitiser.

“It has become absolute necessary that the general public should be called upon to be aware that COVID-19 is still affecting people worldwide, Nigeria inclusive.

“As such, the safety measures and protocol of COVID-19 should be strictly observed so as to reduce the spread rather than throw all cautions to the wind which will result in an increase in the number of effected persons.

“The relaxation of the lockdown clearly calls for every citizen to play his/her parts by keeping off COVID-19, considering the increase in the confirmed cases and deaths in Nigeria,” she said.

The Emir of Lafia and Chairman, Nasarawa State Council of Traditional Rulers, Justice Sidi Bage (rtd), appreciated the agency for embarking on the motorised campaign.

The emir, who spoke through the District Head of Lafia, Alhaji Mustapha Yahuza, said that the emirate council had notified the people not to see the relaxation of the lockdown as the end of the pandemic.

Edited By: Joe Idika/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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COVID-19: NOA moves sensitisation to Imo communities



The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has taken its sensitization on COVID-19 protocols to Imo communities to re-educate residents on the need to maintain the measures in spite of relaxation by government.

The motorized campaign tagged “Be Responsible, Do Your Part to Rid Nigeria of COVID-19″ was held in major streets in Owerri on Tuesday.

NOA Director in the state, Mr Vitus Ekeocha said the programme was part of the agency’s efforts to communicate government policies, programmes and activities to members of the public in the state.

NOA nationwide has embarked on a public enlightenment programme aimed at ridding the states of COVID-19.

“We want every citizen of Nigeria to know that COVID-19 is real and to be able to communicate same to their friends, relatives and well wishers.

“There is need to deepen the COVID-19 enlightenment. People should continue to observe personal and environmental hygiene, wear mask, wash their hands regularly under running water, use alcohol based sanitiser and observe social distancing.

“We are also advising Imo people, especially those in the rural areas to report returnees ‘from any quarter’ that entered their community or places of residence who unknown to them may be ‘silent carriers’ to authorities for immediate action.

“This disease is real and not a scam. The figure in Imo state is increasing and we dont want it to continue that way,” he said.

Ekeocha explained that the motorised campaign would focus majorly on remote streets and corners of Owerri where people might not have known much about the coronavirus.

He regretted that despite previous announcements and other activities of government to curtail the spread of COVID-19, people were yet to comply to government directives especially on mask wearing and physical distancing and called for a change of attitude.

He said that his campaign team would equally meet with other stakeholders in the state such as religious leaders, traditional rulers, members of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers and market leaders on imbibing the government protocols on COVID-19.

The NOA director added that the government established task force had already started its enforcement of the protocols especially as it related to transporters and number of passengers to carry.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that the NOA motorised campaign set off from the agency’s office at Okigwe Road, through Imo Government House along Wetheral Road to Douglas and pass through Royce Road, to Umezuruike, Oparanozie, and Amaigbo Streets.

Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Jigawa NOA to deepen awareness campaign for prevention of COVID-19



The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Jigawa said it would deepen awareness creation campaign on protocols for the prevention of spread of COVID-19 in the state.

The state Director of the agency, Malam Shuaibu Haruna, said this in a statement in Dutse on Tuesday.

Haruna stated that the goal would be achieved through continued public sensitisation and awareness campaigns on Communicating Government Policies, Programmes and Activities.

He expressed the agency’s worry about the rising number of confirmed cases of the disease in the state, as a result of people not abiding by the COVID-19 preventive measures.

NOA will this time emphasise on deepening awareness on the protocols for preventing spread of the covid-19 virus in Jigawa.

“The agency is worried about the rising number in confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state which is as a result of people not abiding by its preventive measures.

Therefore, NOA will soon embark on public enlightenment on COVID-19 protocols by visiting major city centres in Dutse such as markets, motor parks and other public places,” he said.

The director urged the agency’s Chief Orientation and Mobilisation Officers (COMOs) in the 27 local government areas to engage in massive sensitisation and community engagement on the COVID-19 pandemic by taking the massage to markets, football fields, streets, religious centres, among other places.

According to him, the gesture was part of the agency’s efforts at ensuring that people in the state stayed safe and avoided contracting virus.

Haruna also commended efforts of the State Government and measures taken during the trying time of the coronavirus pandemic.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo and Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)


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New bridge under construction in Genoa, Italy




Photo taken on May 29, 2020 shows the new bridge under construction in Genoa, Italy. The new structure replaces the Morandi Bridge, a viaduct that collapsed in the northwest coastal city of Genoa on Aug. 14, 2018, killing 43 people. (Photo by Federico Tardito/Xinhua)

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Eid el-Fitr: NOA urges Nigerians to observe precautionary measures against COVID-19



As Nigerians join other Muslims worldwide to mark the 2020 Eid-el-Fitr amid the coronavirus pandemic, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has urged citizens to observe all precautionary measures against the disease.

The Director General of NOA, Mr Garba Abari, made the call in a Sallah message to the Muslim faithful in Nigeria, a statement by the agency’s Head of Press Unit, Mr Paul Odenyi, said.

Abari also urged them to imbibe the lessons of Ramadan, some of which are discipline, selflessness, and piety.

According to the director general, the month of Ramadan is a period that Muslims should take advantage of to strengthen their faith and stay safe from the ravaging coronavirus by adhering strictly to the precautionary measures put in place.

He said leaders at the local level should take responsibility for enforcing movement restriction orders, inspiring compliance with all advisories by government in line with the spirit of Sallah.

“We cannot afford to be careless or nonchalant about safety precautions in our religious and cultural observations.

“We must be cautious (so as) not to facilitate community transmission of COVID19.

“Leaders, especially in religious and traditional communities, must take responsibility for the safety of the members of their communities from COVID-19 as they interact.

“They can do this by ensuring that prescribed social distancing, use of face masks, regular hand washing, and sanitisation are observed in our communities,” he said

The NOA chief urged Muslims to keep praying for divine protection of Nigerians from the coronavirus, and for the speedy recovery of those already infected.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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NOA decries non-adherence to COVID-19 precautionary measures by Ihiala LG residents




Mr Ndubuisi IIodigwe, National Orientation Agency (NOA) Community Mobilisation Officer, said that the people in most rural areas need to be more educated on the importance of observing COVID-19 precautionary measures.

IIodigwe made the remark on Friday during NOA’s inauguration of the second phase of sensitisation campaign on COVID-19 preventive measures in Ihiala Local Government Area of the state.

He said that the team visited some markets at Nkwo Agba, Ihiala-Ozu, Isseke and some central motor parks and town union meetings in Ihiala and Okija communities for the sensitisation.

Ilodigwe said that the rural dwellers had yet to key properly into directives of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and medical expert directives on how to avoid the spread of the virus.

He said the precautionary measures which included social distancing, hand washing with soap and running water as well as the effective use of sanitiser and face mask were not observed.

IIodigwe said that the visit was apt because the rural dwellers in various places visited had exhibited non-chalant attitude in putting on face masks.

“Almost all the traders were seen very busy striving toward making profits from their businesses without precaution and some had shown over-dependence on the government palliative measures,’’ he said.

He urged the people of the communities to maintain the measures put in place against COVID-19 as it was for their own benefit.

IIodigwe said that the essence of the campaign by the NOA officials in the area was to ensure that the rural dwellers understood that the fight against the COVID-19 was serious.

“The people were informed that social distancing, handwashing with soap and running water, effective use of sanitisers and face masks were all they needed to do to be live.

Ilodigwe said that the people of the area observed the curfew directives from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. with levity.

He said that all the precautionary measures were aimed to fight the pandemic and advised the people to comply with governments directives for success to be recorded in the fight.

Ilodigwe commended the approach and efforts of all tiers of government in the fight against the spread of the virus in the country.

Mr Kene Obiegwu, a native of the community, said that they were doing their best as they were not used to all the directives.

Another trader said that the face mask was very discomforting but promised to keep the measures.

Chief Ifeanyi Otiji, a Motorist, said that they were doing their best to comply but needed time to get used to the processes.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)


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COVID-19: UNICEF, NOA urge parents to immunise children against killer diseases



The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and the National Orientation Agency (NOA) , have urged mothers and healthcare givers to continue immunising children against child-killer diseases amid COVID-19 pandemic.

The agencies gave the advice at a one-day sensitisation programme for journalists tagged “Media Orientation Meeting for Measles Campaign” held on Wednesday in Owerri.

The Director of NOA in Imo, Mr Vitus Ekeocha, said it had become necessary to sensitise members of the public, especially nursing mothers on the need to access primary healthcare centers to immunise their children.

He said that most mothers and care givers had, in the confusion created by the emmergence of Coronavirus, forgotten and abandoned the immunisatiuon of their children, which he said, had grave consequences.

Ekeocha said the programme was an enlightenment campaign on vaccination against measles and other child-killer diseases and enjoined media houses to help propagate the message.

COVID-19 is a war which should be fought with all the arsenal the government has. Most mothers at the present stituation may not remember to go and immunise their children.

“There is need to sensitise mothers and care givers that in spite of the pandemic, they should not forget to immunise their children and wards and disregard rumours associated with the COVID-19 pandemic vaccine.

“The press, through their various medium, are enjoined to reach out to the people. Everyone in Imo is expected to know the importance of immunisation,” Ekeocha said.

Also, Dr Chibuzo Okoroama, an Immunisation Officer with Imo State Primary Health Care Developmnt Agency (ISPHCDA) in an “Overview of Measles Campaign” described measles as a highly infectious viral disease caused by measles virus that causes death of children globally.

She noted that there was no specific antiviral treatment for measles but that it could be prevented by immunisation with measles vaccine.

Okoroama listed some necessary children vaccines, their mode of adminstration and dosage.

They include Measles Vaccine for measles, BCG for tuberculosis, for poliomyelitis, Hepatitis B Vaccine, Yellow Fever and Rotavirus vaccines.

According to her, measles is spread through contact with nose and throat secretions in airborne droplets released when an infected person sneezes or coughs.

She, therefore, urged parents to ensure their children were immunised at the right time with correct doses.

Earlier, the UNICEF Programme Officer in Imo, Mr Chigozie Ojiaku noted that vaccination or immunisation is the right of every child which should not be denied them.

Ojiaku urged mothers to ensure complete immunisation processes for their children.

He harped on the need to improve on the health indices of the state through immunisation, hence the need for people of the state to get the right messages on immunisation.

Ojiaku said the media, as news gate keepers, waged a lot of influence on what the people should know and believe, appealing to them to promote news on immunisation.

Mrs Violet Igwe, Social Moblisation and Technical Officer and Director ICT in the state Ministry of Information, said information moulded opinion of people, as such its powers could not be overemphasised.

She called on the media to disseminate the information on measles vaccination and discourage propaganda on immunisation against the measles.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the journalists were drawn from the print, electronic and online media.

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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