Cybercrime: The Orientation Agency Has A Lot To Do, Says Ex-Rep Member

A former member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Dayo Bush-Alebiosu.

 

A former member of the House of Representatives, Dayo Bush-Alebiosu, has blamed the increasing rate of cybercrime among youths on the decay of societal morals.

Bush-Alebiosu, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, asked the National Orientation Agency (NOA) to urgently address the menace.

“The (National) Orientation Agency has a lot to do,” he said on Monday when asked how the activity can be well tackled.

“There is a need for cultural re-orientation, moral re-orientation. There is that need to be psyched as individuals.”

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The former lawmaker also asked the Federal Government to work on ways to review the Cybercrime Act with a view to modifying it.

He advised the NOA to liaise with the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) to effectively regulate what is being transmitted, in order to prevent negative influence on the youth.

“There is a need for the National Orientation Agency to work with the NBC. For example, music is a very powerful tool, and in the wrong hands can cause a lot of damage,” Bush-Alebiosu.

He added, “We have seen what Fela was able to do with it, we have seen what Bob Marley was able to do with music, we have seen what Orlando was able to do with it, and so many more.

“When we have young musicians who glorify certain things or certain acts, what do you think happens? It becomes popular, it becomes a norm. The abnormal becomes normal.”

Bush-Alebiosu’s comments were in reaction to the recent arrest of 80 persons, mostly Nigerians for various crimes including massive email fraud and money laundering in the United States.

The suspects were indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of netting millions of dollars from victims of internet con jobs.

General Elections: NOA Launches Nationwide Campaign Against Invalid Votes

General Elections: NOA Launches Nationwide Campaign Against Invalid Votes

 

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has flagged off a nationwide sensitisation campaign to tackle the incidence of invalid and voided votes in the 2019 general elections.

NOA Director General, Garba Abari, explained that the campaign was necessary as about three million invalid and void votes were recorded in the 2015 presidential election.

He told a gathering on Thursday at an event to launch the campaign in Owerri, the Imo State capital, that the figure outnumbered the difference between the votes of the winner and the runner up in the poll.

Mr Abari identified the incidence of voided votes as a matter of concern to stakeholders in the country, as the number of voided votes was so high in most cases that it could sway the results of elections.

He was hopeful that the prevailing occurrence can be brought to its barest minimal with the nationwide campaign against voided votes.

The NOA boss said aside from the challenge of void votes, the agency was also concerned about the issue of vote buying and selling.

He warned that this can derail the nation’s democratic process if not tackled through mass sensitisation and awareness creation.

Mr Abari noted that the 2019 election has the highest number of presidential candidates and political parties in the history of polls in the country.

According to him, this will affect the size and length of the ballot paper, therefore, making voter education on invalid votes very important.

The NOA DG called on all political parties to educate their supporters on identifying their party’s logo to minimising the incidence of invalid votes.

He also asked voters to listen carefully to the instructions of the presiding officer at the polling units and ensure they append their thumbprint inside their preferred political party’s box.

Mr Abari said no voter should leave his/her box empty and ensure thumbprint in only one box and within the space provided for a preferred candidate.

NOA Director in Imo, Vitus Ekeocha, who also addressed the gathering said the agency has the mandate to ensure free, fair and credible elections through public enlightenment.

He added that they would ensure the votes of the electorate count by sensitising them on how to reduce the incidence of voided votes.

On its part, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) believes the electorate must first get their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs).

The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Francis Ezeonu, disclosed that 637,179 people have yet to collect their PVCs out of the 2,270,216 registered voters in Imo.

He, therefore, urged the residents to come for their PVCs in order to exercise their franchise as provided by the Constitution.

Also present at the event were representatives of Civil society groups, religious leaders, and traditional rulers, among other stakeholders.

Herdsmen Attacks: Security Expert Blames NOA For Failure To Create Security Consciousness

A security consultant, Captain Umar Aliyu (retired) has said that the war against terror can only be won if the government engages the local residents using their indigenous languages.

He stated this on Monday, December 4, when he appeared on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily where he spoke on the war against terrorism.

This is in reaction to an attack in Numan area of Adamawa State that claimed the lives of four policemen and injured several others.

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The former Army Captain said the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has failed in creating the needed security consciousness in the hearts and minds of the locals who cannot understand the English language.

“Are the law enforcement agencies, in particular, the National Orientation Agency, the greatest of all offenders (in my own opinion the NOA speaks English on their media jingles), you think the man in Biu speaks English?

“Do you think he has light to watch television? The campaign against terrorism should be broken down into languages to that local village man. We should be able to seek to flock that we protect, comply with the things we do,” he said.

Although the retired military personnel praised the efforts of the military in degrading Boko Haram members from the forefront, he, however, said that the locals should be effectively engaged.

In doing this, he suggested requires blocking the loopholes that the insurgents might want to capitalise on regarding carrying out renewed attacks.

He further explained that law enforcement agencies should equip an ordinary man in a remote village with the requisite indigenous language well understood so as to feed the military with information.

“The flock right now is still a tyrant. Having decimated them (Boko Haram) militarily and degraded them, you have to come back to the flock and get them to become security conscious by imbibing security threat awareness.

“I heard the Minister of Information (Mr Lai Mohammed) talking about security consciousness. How do people become security conscious? It is a state of being and the moment you security quotient is in place, security consciousness dawns on you,” he said.

Elections: NOA Urges Youths To Embrace Peace

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Ahead of the political party activities set to commence in some states across the country, the National Orientation Agency (NOA), has advised youths in the country should embrace peace and shun all activities that could cause chaos in the country.

Director-Generalneral of the agency, Garba Abari said this in Owerri, the Imo state capital during a youth workshop organised by the NOA.

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Youths from different groups in Imo State were present at the event which according to the Imo State Director of the NOA is aimed at providing a platform for discussion with youths in the state on the importance to collaborate with the government to achieve peace and political stability.

Abari said it is necessary to call for peace and cooperation concerning the forthcoming elections in states like Anambra, Osun and Ekiti of which the youths are major stakeholders.

He also urged all political parties to ensure that campaigns remain peaceful and non-violent

The representative of the state government at the event, Special Assistant to the Governor on Youth, Kenneth Emelu, said NOA should improve the sensitization programmes and carry youths along in decision making.

2019 Elections: NOA Sensitises Youths On Peaceful Conduct

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Ahead of the political party activities to general elections in the country, the National Orientation Agency has urged youths in the country to embrace peace.

The Director-General of the National orientation agency, Mr. Garba Abari made this known on Thursday in Owerri, the Imo state capital during a one-day youth workshop.

Speaking on the theme, “Building a people of peace, inspiring patriotism and dignity of Labour among Nigerians,” he advised youths to and shun all actions and activities that could cause chaos in the country.

According to the Imo state Director of NOA, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha, the workshop is aimed at providing a platform for discussion with Youths in the state of the importance to collaborate with the government to achieve peace and political stability.

NOA Warns Nigerians Against Hate Speech

NOA Warns Nigerians Against Promoting Hate Speech

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has warned promoters of hate speech to desist from making comments capable of plunging Nigeria into another civil war.

The Director-General of NOA, Dr. Garba Abari, gave the warning on Thursday at a news conference in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He, however, appealed to all Nigerians to promote national cohesion, love and unity in order to sustain the peaceful development of the country.

The NOA boss also directed all state directorates, community orientation and mobilisation officers of the agency to commence ‎peace building sensitisation and advocacy visit to settler communities to reassure them of government’s commitment to their safety and security.

He explained that the directive was part of efforts to address concerns arising from agitations that have led to illegal quit orders and counter-orders issued to some ethnic groups.

The warning from the agency comes a day after the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr John Odigie-Oyegun, described perpetrators of hate speeches as worse than terrorists.

Mr Odigie-Oyegun, who said this on Wednesday in a statement, condemned an audio recording being purportedly circulated as “dangerous and despicable”.

He, therefore, called on security agencies to promptly apprehend those behind the audio recording and other similar acts irrespective of who they are.

NOA Seeks Better Understanding Of Government Policies, Programmes

NOA-National-Orientation-Agency-Voting-NigeriansThe National Orientation Agency (NOA) has launched an initiative tagged Local Government Assembly aimed at engaging and sensitising Nigerians, especially people at the grass roots, about the policies, programmes and activities of the Federal Government.

The Director-General of the NOA, Mr Garuba Abari, said the launch of the initiative would go a long way in reducing rumour-mongering, insinuations and wrong notions about government’s plans and policies.

Mr Abari said this during the inauguration of the South-East zonal campaign of the initiative held in Okwe, Onuimo Local Government area of Imo State.

He added that the Buhari’s administration had kept faith with its promises of delivering the dividends of democracy to the masses, especially in the areas of anti-corruption fight, job creation, social intervention programmes, security and power.

He urged Nigerians at the grassroots to take advantage of the numerous life-changing policies of the Federal Government.

The Imo State Director National Orientation Agency, Mr Vitus Ekeocha, the Local Government Assembly is aimed at creating a platform for robust interaction with people at grass-root level, giving them opportunity to have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of government policies and programmes.

This, he said, would enable them to benefit from these programmes and policies.

Traditional rulers, religious leaders, trade unions, and civil society groups as well as youth organisations were among those who attended the event.

The Federal Government says the local government assembly initiative will be launched in all the six geopolitical zones of the federation, hoping that at the end of the campaign, people at the grass roots will have a better understanding of government’s policies and programmes, which will enable them benefit enormously.

NOA Moves To Improve Peace Support Programmes

NOA Moves To Improve Peace Support ProgrammesThe National Orientation Agency (NOA) says it is seeking ways to upgrade its advocacy programmes on maintenance of peace across Nigeria.

The Director General of NOA, Mr Garba Abari, disclosed this on Tuesday at the presentation of the agency’s five-year strategic plan in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

He said the move is aimed at boosting the impact of the programmes which he said is already been felt in the north-east region.

Mr Abari noted that despite inadequate funds, the agency has recorded giant strides and will implement the new five-year plan to better promote Nigeria’s core values and attitudinal change.

He also announced a new initiative tagged: ‘Local Government Assembly’, a feedback platform to enable the NOA communicate government policies and programmes to rural dwellers more effectively.

Osun SUBEB Confirms 8,605 Persons Registered For N-Power

Osun SUBEB Confirms 8,605 Persons Registered For N-PowerNot less than 8,605 participants were registered in Osun state for the Federal Government’s initiative to reduce the menace of unemployment, coined N-Power.

The Permanent Secretary, Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Fatai Kolawole, disclosed this on Thursday, as he commended the federal government for the laudable stride.

According to him, a total number of 10,042 participants registered for the programme in the state, out of which 8,605 eventually turned up for the screening exercise and onward deployment to various areas of assignment.

Fatai explained that the board, in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has embarked on deployment of corps to various areas of assignment and proper education for participants.

He described the scheme as timely and a great complement to the teaching staff in the state, especially at the secondary schools, saying it has afforded the sector ample opportunity of adding more competent hands into its fold.

“As a service delivery agency, we consider it an obligation to listen carefully to complaints of participants and meticulously attend to them.

“Our major challenge is paucity of Information Technology compliance since the whole programme is IT-driven, which required great skill.

“All in all, the initiative is a profound relief for many unemployed youths in the country, it has greatly reduced unemployment in no small way,” he said.

NOA Urges Nigerians To Respect National Symbols

Nigerians asked to respect National symbol The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to respect all Nigeria’s national symbols.

The Agency made the call in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, during a sensitisation parade to mark the 56th anniversary of the replacement of the British national jack flag with the Nigerian flag.

Return To The Farm

Speaking to journalists, the Deputy Director, NOA Osun office, Mr Bashir Oyedemi, said “the flag of Nigeria represents agriculture and unity”, as such Nigerians needed unity to forge ahead for a better Nigeria.

He added that in line with the Federal Government’s initiative Nigerians, at this stage, needed to return to the farm and boost agriculture.

The NOA boss also campaigned for peaceful coexistence among Nigerians irrespective of tribe, adding that the unity of Nigeria is non-negotiable.

Nigeria, precisely on September 16, 1960, lowered the British Union Jack flag, which has been its symbol of identity since colonialism set in and in its place the Nigerian green-white-green flag was hoisted.

Wider Consultation Should Drive FG’s Economic Policies – Tam George

Economic Policies, Tam GeorgeThe Rivers State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam George has urged the Federal Government to base its policy objective on popular debate and wider consultation to enhance participatory democracy and confront the many challenges facing the country.

He made the call while receiving the Rivers State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA) Mr. Oliver Worlugbom on a courtesy call in his office.

He pointed out that such inclusive approach to policy formulation will fast track development in all sectors of the economy.

He said that the National Orientation Agency has a critical role to play in the mobilization and sensitization of Nigerians on government policies and programmes.

The Commissioner said that the policy objective of the Nyesom Wike administration in Rivers State was driven by the input of critical stakeholders to promote transparency and accountability in governance.

According to the Commissioner, part of Government effort to promote popular participation in governance was the establishment of a social media unit in the ministry of information and communication as a platform of reaching out to a geographically dis-aggregated audience.

Dr. Tam George who pledged the commitment of the Rivers State Government to partner with NOA in the State, said Wike’s development stride in the State, especially in the building of critical infrastructure and promotion of entrepreneurial development was unprecedented.

He further assured the commitment of the Wike administration to delivering quality services in the State.

Earlier, the Rivers State Director of NOA, Mr. Oliver Worlugbom, had stated that the courtesy call was to re-state the commitment of the agency to partner with the Rivers State Government in the mobilization and sensitization of the citizenry on government policies.

Worlugbom said that the Agency has enjoyed the support and goodwill of the Rivers State Government, over the years, and solicited for the support of the State and Local Governments in funding and provision of logistic support for NOA to achieve its policy objectives.