Kogi NUJ challenges NOA on youth leadership
The chairman of Nigerian Union Of Journalists, Kogi State Council, Comrade Ali Atabor, has challenged the National Orientation Agency (NOA), to brace for its mandate of engaging the youths against anti-social activities and other vices.
This comes against the background that the youths have become pawns in the hands of politicians, who use them as thugs to win elections and later dump them, making them vulnerable to other vices such as kidnapping and armed robbery.
Atabor spoke recently in Lokoja when the State Acting Director of the Agency, Mallam Abdullahi Mohammed, paid a courtesy visit to the council at the NJ Press Centre in Lokoja.
According to the chairman, “Today, the future is bleak because the so-called future leaders don’t want to embrace scholarship or hard work; what they need is quick result and they have made themselves easy tools for politicians.
“There is the need for the agency to begin to engage the youths ahead of 2019, because by 2018, they must have been recruited and this is the best time to engage them so that they can prepare themselves for future leadership.”
Comrade Atabor however appealed to the Agency to design programmes that will positively impact on the psyche of the Nigerian youths for the needed redirection towards productive activities.
The chairman assured the Agency of necessary support from the media, adding that the functions of NAO is imperative to nation building.
He equally urged NOA to sustain its election sensitisation and education in order to rescue Nigerian youths from the hands of those he described as “grand patron and political hijackers” before 2019 general elections.
The Acting State Director of the Agency reiterated his commitment to continuous public awareness and sensitisation on strategic national issues for peaceful coexistence and development of the country.
Mallam Muhammed indicated that the core mandate of the agency is to effectively communicate government’s policies and programs to the people which he said can be achieved if there is mutual relationship and understanding between the media and the agency.
Mohammed said the recent adoption of the second stanza of the Nigeria national anthem as prayer in all formal meetings across the country was a brainchild of the agency, a feat which according him has tremendously de emphasized unnecessary religious consciousness in formal events.
According to him, apart from security awareness campaigns in the state, the agency has continued to educate people living around river bank on the need to relocate to higher ground in order to forestall a repeat of flood disaster in 2012.