The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu has said that as the country’s international broadcaster, the organisation will work in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Orientation Agency to inform external listeners and Diplomats about the activities of the National Orientation Agency as well as the positive change going on in Nigeria by the Buhari administration.
Mr. Okechukwu disclosed this when the management staff of the National Orientation Agency led by the Director General, Dr. Garba Abari paid him a courtesy call in his office in Abuja on Thursday.
He acknowledged the huge platform at the disposal of the National Orientation Agency and urged them to utilise it and work on the perception of the government by Nigerians. He said Voice of Nigeria was ever ready to work with the NOA.
“The National Orientation Agency is a veritable partner. In that respect, I will recommend that we have a committee to partner with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Orientation Agency and Voice of Nigeria so that there would be a synergy as we use our platform to inform our external audience as well as Diplomats about the thinking of Nigerians, the happenings, the policies as well as programs of government,” Mr Okechukwu explained.
He said the perception of our external audience and some Nigerians about some issues of governance must change and that is where the NOA will have to play a critical role in conjunction with VON which is the statutory international Radio of the Nigerian government broadcasting in eight languages.
Responding, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency, Dr. Garba Abari said the agency has a robust structure to reach the grass root.
He urged Ministries Departments and Agencies of Government to leverage on the NOA veritable platform to reach out to the public.
He said the agency was working out a social media platform where citizens will have access to participate in the agency’s activities.
He also urged VON to assist in disseminating NOA’s programmes to the wide audiences in all the eight broadcast languages of the organisation.
“Our responsibility is to read the pulse of the nation to know what the citizens are feeling and give government the feedback with a view to making it right.
With our wide reach in every state, every Local Government Council in Nigeria, other agencies of government should leverage on such platform,” Mr Abari said.
He said the agency was planning to set up a social media platform where citizens will interact with government, adding that the platform will interact, report and send information on critical areas of the government.
Dr. Abari said the agency was working towards sensitising the citizens about the nation’s national core values which is constitutional.
Speaking on the anti-corruption sensitisation, he urged Nigerians to take ownership of the fight against graft.
He finally called on Nigerians to be patient with the Federal government as everything was being done to make the economy , security, infrastructure better for the good of all.