From The States

 

 
In order to effectively heal the memories of persons affected by the six year insurgency in the North East, including 49,000 orphans in Konduga Local Government Area alone, as well as reconstruct and re-unify the areas affected, all stakeholders within the community must work together.
 
Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Dr. Garba Abari made this observation yesterday while delivering a lecture on the organization and roles of the Agency in low intensity conflict and internal security operation organized for participants of the Joint Multi-Agency Training, HASKE BIYU 2017 at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji, Kaduna State.
 
The training was for senior division members and key personnel of government institutions involved in counter-insurgency operation since the Boko Haram insurgency broke out over six years ago.
 
Abari, who traced the evolution of insurgency in the North East region of the country, said his conclusions are drawn from his direct experience as a resident of Maidugiri, a native of Potiskum and an academic researcher who has observed the trend in the last twenty years.
 
According to him, “There are 49,000 orphans in Konduga alone as at November last year when we visited the place. Many of them are between the ages of 2-5 years old. If you hear the stories of mothers who witnessed the brutal murder of their spouses, of the children who watched as their parents were killed, you know that the current effort to reconstruct these communities must involve an effort to reconcile.
“At the NOA we have adopted a three-level approach in solving the problem. We must engage with the political leadership in these areas, engage with the traditional institutions and finally engage with the leaders of faith. There must be a deliberate policy to heal the wounds through the age long processes, many of which exist within the religious and traditional settings. The Imam and the Priest must be able to preach forgiveness and seek that combatants seat down together in dialogue in order to heal the memories of the past”.
 
According to Abari, the condoning of moral decadence over a long period of time has led to a rebellion by the youths against the society, manifesting in a number of vices including armed robbery, kidnapping, and armed insurgency in the land. In his words: “We have parents that are no longer parenting. No society makes progress that has lost its values. The price of the destruction of the home is the anger that we see in our youths.
 
“Nigeria is in dire need of reorientation simply because things are no longer the way they used to be. Values are being assailed by contending forces and there is a need to hold firmly to those things that define us as a people.
 
On the role of the Agency, the Director General said apart from the brief role it played in coordinating information and public communication on anti-insurgency operations, the Agency has embarked on peace advocacy drives in the region. He said the Agency is also reorganizing the WAI brigade in order to ensure proper civil intelligence, especially from the local communities.
 

 

The rate of incessant burning of bush in and around Ondo State, led the national orientation agency to embark on a sensitization programme which their major goal was to educate and inform the populace on the effects of bush burning.

To this effect the NOA COMO Mr Arowofela and other participants took to the streets to educate the farmers and hunters of Akoko north-west local government on the adverse effects of bush burning. The sensitization programme was held at the Ajowa Town Hall Akoko was held on the 23rd of January 2017.

 

The programme which had some important dignitaries in attendance, offered some interesting and necessary package about the dangers of bush burning some of which include; it reduces soil moisture content, destruction of wild life, it destroys soil fertility among host of others.

The programme ended as a successful work day for the COMO and the National orientation agency as a whole.

 

On the 23rd of February 2017, the NOA of Ondo State Directorate held her annual end of the year meeting and one of the programme outlined was the train the trainee lecture on the interagency collaboration on security which was delivered by the Assistant Director PRS Pastor James Adekunle.

The lecture was to draw NOA officers towards the need to collaborate with other agencies and this is to ensure the speedy access of information for NOA officers. The speaker further stated that the need to collaborate with agencies is not limited with information ministries alone but to all agencies that can deliver basic information as part of the attentions and goals are based on; security matters; effective communication strategies; effective mobilization of the people towards accepting government policies and host of others.

The speaker gave the reasons of interagency collaboration and then stated that it drives toward mutual benefits and well defined interaction between two or more government agencies. With this the speaker therefore ended his speech for the day after justifying the reasons for interagency collaboration.

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