NOA urges masses to understand government policies, programmes

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By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo

The National Orientation Agency (NOA), has charged Nigerians on the need to have better understanding of the policies and activities of government so as to be actively involved in governance.

The Director General, NOA, Chief Dr Garba Abari gave the charge at the zonal flag-off of sensitisation programme on Communicating Federal Government Policies, Programmes and Activities to the General Public , held in Osogbo, on Tuesday.

Abari who reiterated the Agency’s commitment to galvanize support of people towards the implementation of programmes and policies as well as activities of government.

Represented by the Ogun State Director of NOA, Mr Shola Babalola, Abari said the essence of the sensitization programmes was for the people to have better understanding of government policies and programmes.

He noted that the sensitization programmes would be held across the five southern state of the federation.

Explaining reasons for the people to be  have a better understanding of government , Abari said this would give them ample opportunity to demand for their preferred projects in their immediate environment instead forcing on them the kind of projects that did not have impact on them.

Earlier, Osun State Director of NOA, Mrs. Yomi Ilasinde, said the sensitization programmes would serve as a feed back mechanism between the governments and the governed.

Olasinde urged people to always design programmes and projects that can key into the economic transformation of the present administration and their communities.

She said, the agency would continue to interface between the government and people so as to provide platform for feedback mechanism to give government better understanding of the yearning and aspirations of the people.

She said it was incumbent upon the people of the state to have a better understanding of the policies and activities of government.

According to her, having understanding of government policies would go a long way in reducing rumour-mongering, insinuations and wrong notions about government’s plans and policies.

Describing the need to educate the people on government’s policies as one of the fundamental roles of the agency, Osun Director of NOA said there can be misplacement of priority in the implementation of some programmes due to lack of communication.

According to her, “a given community may prefer to have health facilities put in place for them plus the construction of an access road at a point in time rather than having a post office or project that is not beneficial, which government may actually want to provide for them.

“It would now be a case of lack of communication and wrong priorities.

She, therefore, urged the participants to help to further enlighten people far and wide on the better understanding of the policies and activities of government

Speaking, Osun State Vocal Person of the N-Power, Hon. Idiat Babalola commended President Buhari for rescuing the nation from the scourge of unemployment.

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