As part of efforts to strengthen the War against Indiscipline, WAI, Brigade of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, the Agency is set to reposition the Brigade for enhanced civil intelligence gathering toward an orderly and secure society in line with the Change mantra of the present administration.
In a press statement signed by NOA’s deputy director of press, Mr. Fidel Agu the Director General of NOA, Garba Abari made this known at a workshop organised by the Agency for the Brigade, stressing that in this era of insecurity, violence and other forms of social vices, the role of the WAI Brigade in civil intelligence gathering cannot be over emphasized. He said government believes that WAI Brigade members across the country should be encouraged to redouble their vigilance in the local governments, the wards and their various villages in order to contribute their quota towards building a secure society.
Abari recalled that WAI was a brainchild of President Muhammadu Buhari which he established in 1983 as Military Head of State, noting that its essence was to instill discipline in our society and support the fight against corruption. He said the ills and woes that bedeviled the nation at that time are still very much with us, necessitating the efforts of the Brigade to help fight against social vices.
“The present administration has declared its intention to re-launch the Brigade for better performance and bring its activities to the fore” Abari stated, charging members of the Brigade to contribute their quota to make the Change mantra of this administration a reality.
In his remarks, the WAI Brigade National Commander, Mustapha Muhammad commended the Agency’s commitment to the Change mantra of the present administration and called on members to sustain the tempo of responsibility despite non-funding from the government for over three decades. He called on the Federal Government to officially recognise and gazette the Brigade as it is the only voluntary organisation in Nigeria that is the brain-child of the Federal Government of Nigeria. He therefore urged NOA to work out modalities for the recognition of the WAI Brigade for greater efficiency.
Meanwhile, National Orientation Agency, NOA, has called for open and frank dialogue as the key to addressing the security challenges of the nation, using the media as catalyst for mutual cooperation among citizens to end the crises.
In a press statement signed by the deputy director of press, Mr. Fidel Agu, the Director General of NOA, Garba Abari made the call during his courtesy visits to media houses in Enugu to underscore the critical role of the media in behaviour and opinion moulding.
Abari stressed the need for the media to reinvigorate cordial relationships among ethnic groups in the country and put the current national challenges in proper perspective so as to elicit citizens’ cooperation with government. He also urged the media to play a more active role in mobilising Nigerians for positive response to government’s agricultural initiatives in the light of the importance of food security to the nation.
The NOA boss recalled the culture shock experienced by Nigerian travellers in recent times outside the nation’s shores, where locally acceptable snacks and cultural attires in their possession have led to their arrests, detention and trial in order countries. He said his Agency was working closely with relevant agencies to update the list of international travel prohibited items in a compendium to be made available to prospective Nigerian travellers. Abari was optimistic that the sensitisation would help stem the rising cases of innocent Nigerian travellers being embarrassed by their destination or transit nations and called on the media to throw their weight behind the sensitisation campaign.
Responding, the Enugu Zonal Director, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, FRCN, Mr. Ike Okere commended the efforts of NOA to keep Nigerians united and abreast of government’s programmes. He was emphatic that it was in no one’s interest for the nation to disintegrate as no part of the country can survive alone and therefore urged all Nigerians to remain firmly committed to the Nigerian project, assuring NOA of continuous support in nation building and orientation.
On his part, the Managing Director, Enugu State Broadcasting Service, Mr. Chukwuma Ogbonna observed that the Service was conscious of the media’s role in public advocacy and remains committed to national ideals and programmes. He said, following recent incidences, the Service had already began sensitising the people of Enugu on travel prohibited items as a means of cultural and grassroots orientation for cordial international relationships and also pledged for NOA in its drive to keep Nigerians properly oriented.