In the light of prevailing national economic difficulties, the
National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called on Nigerians to evolve
concepts and ideas that will make them economically
Director General of NOA, Garba Abari stated this when he paid
a courtesy visit on his Nigeria Television Authority (NTA)
counterpart, Malam Yakubu Ibn Mohammed.
Abari said it had become necessary for the two organizations to
work more closely in mobilizing Nigerians, especially the youth, to
imbibe positive values and generate ideas, both to better their lot
and for national development.
He said information disseminated to citizens about the current
challenges needed to be contextualized as a blessing, rather than a
curse, noting that it affords the nation a unique opportunity to
reassess its attitudes toward economic management and also to
diversify its economic base.
Describing the television as second to the family in 21st
century attitudinal molding, Abari stressed the need for Nigerian
media to heighten the performance of its advocacy function towards
â€œCitizens can be partners with government
in nation building without necessarily being partisanâ€
said the NOA boss, noting that such was the objective the NOA/NTA
partnership was pursuing.
On his part, the NTA Director General, Yakubu Mohammed said
NTA was counting on the expertise of NOA to supply the narratives
for citizens sensitization and mobilization in support of
governmentâ€™s programmes and policies. He noted
the long standing partnership between the two organizations, adding
that the partnership had the necessary drive to make citizens
Mohammed said NTA would remain conscious of its social
responsibility to the nation and also called on the Nigerian media
not to sacrifice their social responsibility on the altar of