NOA Embarks On Essential Family Practices In Abia

NOA-National-Orientation-Agency-Voting-NigeriansThe Abia State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr. Ngozi Uduma says the need for people to embark on Essential Family Practices (EFP) cannot be over emphasized.

Dr. Uduma while Speaking during a meeting with representatives of various communities from Abia South, Abia North and Abia Central Senatorial zone on resolution and action plans of community governance structure for Essential Family Practices stressed the need for proper and adequate dissemination of information gathered during such meetings to the respective communities represented.

According to her, the aim of the meeting was to gather town union leaders from all the communities in the state and leaders of the various communities to interact with their traditional rulers and his cabinet, so as to draw action plan on such resolutions.

“I want you to know that we are here to brainstorm on ways to achieve success on community governance structure for essential family practices.

I want you to note that some of the Essential Family Practices include Exclusive Breastfeeding, Immunization of children, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Hand washing, Oral Re-hydration solution and Sanitation,

I appeal to the leaders of the various communities to assist our efforts and draw an action plan on resolutions of community governance structure for Essential Family Practices.”

A resource person and a retired director Nursing Services, Alice Chukwuocha appealed to the participants to create a positive environment for their people and children, starting from the day of birth to teach them how to maintain a green, clean environment and good eating habits.

“I want to charge pregnant and nursing mothers to adopt the six months exclusive breastfeeding approach.

“I would love to see that you ensure your children are fully immunized.

“There is need for personal hygiene, proper hand wash and adequate waste disposal, this can help prevent typhoid fever, mostly transmitted through excreta/faeces and other unhealthy method of living.”

Some of the participants commended National Orientation Agency and UNICEF for organizing the meeting, stating that it had provided them the opportunity to report back their findings and achievements on essential family practices in their various communities, which includes Aba South Local Government Area, Ohafia Local Government Area as well as Umuahia North Local Government Area.

NOA, UNICEF Campaign Against Female Genital Mutilation

UNICEFThe National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) have urged parents, especially mothers as well as community leaders to support the campaign against female genital mutilation.

The bodies, who are also campaigning against other unhealthy practices, said these cases are mostly prevalent in the rural areas, adding that it can lead to child mortality.

Speaking at a one-day forum organized for Town union and women leaders in Owerri, Imo state capital, the Director, National Orientation Agency in Imo State, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha, said the aim of the forum is to re-awaken the consciousness of community leaders on the need to promote actions that would help reduce maternal mortality and infant morbidity.

He also stressed that rural community dwellers pay more attention to the provision of infrastructure and other social needs while issues bothering on health are being neglected.

In a most recent Multi Indicator Cluster Survey (MIC 4) report published by Nigeria’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show that as far as the wellbeing of children is concerned, significant challenges still remain in the South-Eastern states, as infant mortality stands at 74 per 1000 births in Abia, 71 in Anambra, 77 in Ebonyi, 81 in Enugu and 116 in Imo.

The report also shows that issues of crucial practices for preventing diseases and deaths among children such as sanitary means of excreta disposal is equally low as population affected in this practise in Abia stands at 35.8 percent, Anambra 46.9 percent, Ebonyi 18.7 percent, Enugu 22 and Imo 60 percent.

Also Speaking at the forum, the Resource person and former UNICEF Desk Officer in the state, Mrs. Ngozi Dike, said it is imperative to be better informed and motivated to integrate communities to address issues of child survival, development, protection and participation in their various town union meetings and community gatherings especially on issues bothering on maternal and infant mortality, HIV/AIDS, Malaria prevention, ante-natal care for mothers and good hygiene and sanitation system.

Participants at the forum said things learnt here will go a long way in saving their lives and that of their children if they endeavour to put it into practice.

205 communities drawn from 18 out 27 Local Governments Areas of Imo State benefited from the exercise.

Biafra: NOA Deploys Officers To Dampen Tension In S/East Communities

Biafra-protestersThe National Orientation Agency (NOA) has concluded plans to deploy its officers to aggrieved communities in the South Eastern part of the country to sensitize youth on the need to shun Biafra and sustain a united Nigeria.

The Chief Executive of NOA, Mr Mike Omeri, told journalists in Abuja that state governments are in the process of finding solutions to concerns expressed by pro-Biafra agitators.

He urged the youth to remain committed to strengthening principles that guide national development.

Pro-Biafra supporters have been staging protests in the South East in solidarity with the Biafra Radio host, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been detained by the Department of State Service (DSS).

The protesters, who storm streets in their hundreds.

Although the protesters appeared resolute to continue their march, security operatives managed to maintain the barricade, causing many commuters to resort to trekking long distances as a result of the gridlock caused by the face-off.

Some of the protesters told Channels Television that they would not back down from pursuing the freedom of the one they call their leader.

They called on the federal government to heed their cry and that of other pro-Biafran supporters for self-determination.

Nigerian Army Arrests Boko Haram Accomplice, Informant

Hafsat_bakoThe National Information Centre (NIC) has confirmed the arrest of a suspected Boko Haram accomplice and informant, Hafsat Bako. The arrest was confirmed in a post on the Facebook page of the National Orientation Agency (NOA).

The Minister of State For Defence, Mr Musiliu Obanikoro, also confirmed the arrest via his twitter handle @MObanikoro.

Boko Haram has launched an offensive on government installations, security outfits and places of worship. The federal government has declared a state of emergency on Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States to curb the activities of the sect.

The arrest comes after three bombs went off yesterday in Kaduna, Ile Ife and Maiduguri.

Several suspected Boko Haram collaborators have been arrested for involvement in the kidnapping of almost 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria.

Among them a businessman, Babuji Ya’ari, based in Maiduguri, who allegedly helped the insurgents plan several attacks and murders under the cover of a pro-government vigilante group, Civil JTF, fighting Boko Haram.

Two women were also arrested, with one accused of coordinating payments to other “operatives”.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General Chris Olukolade, said Ya’ari used his membership of the Civilian JTF “as a cover, while remaining an active terrorist”.

“His main role in the group is to spy and gather information for the terrorists,” he added.

Olukolade claimed the man had coordinated several deadly attacks in Maiduguri since 2011 and was involved in the killing of a traditional ruler, the Emir of Gwoza.

NOA holds summit to ensure sustainable and peaceful democracy in Nigeria

Good political leadership, proper understanding and good relationship between political parties and government in power have been described as one of the cardinal factors that can breed sustainable and peaceful democracy in Nigeria.

Director General of the National Orientation Agency( NOA), Mr Mike Omeri, noted this at the opening ceremony of a 2-day political summit organized by the National Orientation Agency in Owerri, Imo state capital, south east Nigeria, with the theme “Political Leadership, Security and Evolving Challenges of Democracy in Nigeria”.

Mr Omeri said it is the federal government’s desire to promote broader understanding for constitutionalism in party politics towards promoting Nigeria’s democracy and the objective of the summit is to redefine the political disposition, cultural and behavioral attitude of Nigerians as a people by showcasing democracy as the best system for organizing a better society.

The programme attracted dignitaries as well as representatives of all political parties. In attendance was the former military head of state Abdulsalami Abubakar represented by Col. Mike Toure (Rtd), Da Jacob Gwang Buba, Gbong Gwon Jos, Professor Attahiru Jega and Governor Rochas Okorocha as chief host.

Omeri in his speech, noted that the programme is conceived as part of the agency’s mandate to promote value orientation amongst political parties and in all sectors as well as effectively capturing the problem of perception as to the precise boundary of the role of political party in democratic governance.

Different speakers at the event commended the agency for providing a platform for political parties to relate, understand and address some issues bothering the nation’s democracy.

They were of the opinion that sustaining the nation’s nascent democracy requires a collective effort by all political parties and stakeholders especially in tackling the issue of political violence and insecurity challenges in the country.

They however urged the leadership of all political parties to close ranks and move beyond party affiliations and embrace dialogue, tolerance and peace in order to protect the country’s democracy.

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha reiterated the need for a summit for the leadership of all political parties summit in a bid to bring Nigerian leaders of diverse political affiliation into a round-table towards addressing some issues that has slowed down development in the country.

Meanwhile, the INEC chairman Professor Attahiru Jega, represented by the Imo state INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner Mrs. Celina Okoh, said INEC in its quest to provide a credible electoral environment is urging political party leaders to change attitudes and create a strong platform for attaining common solution to solve political challenges during and after elections.