NATIONAL SYMBOLS: NOA, NTA, others Partners to sensitive Nigerians on its importance to Nation Building.
By Festus Fifen.
The National Orientation Agency NOA has again re- echoed the need to respect all National Symbols, Monuments and Identities inline wth the importance attached to them by founding fathers of Nigeria.
Speaking at a press conference to herald the public presentation, inauguration and fundraising project for “HIYA Nigeria” a collaborative effort between the National Orientation Agency NOA, The Nigerian Television Authority NTA and a Non Governmental Organization Zeitgeist Aesthetics, to create awareness and sensitize Nigerians on the need to accord proper respect to National Symbols, monuments and identities, the Director General National Orientation Agency Garba Abari stated that it has been observed overtime that some Nigerians at all levels knowingly or otherwise does not attached meaning to some of our National symbols which has resulted to not respecting those symbols whenever the need arises.
The Director General who was represented by the Director Policy, civic, Ethics and Values Ngozi Ekeoba emphasised that the main thrust of the Programme which is slated for Thursday September 7, 2017 at the NTA Arena by 7:30 pm is the sensitization of Nigerians towards honoring their duties and responsibilities to the nation.
In her words, ” the Programme will have special focus on promoting national symbols which include the National Flag, the National Anthem, the National Pledge, the Nigerian Coat of Arm, the Nigeria Passport, the National identity card, the Nigerian Currency amongst others.”
Speaking further the NOA boss stated that the project was necessitated by the fact that many Nigerians do not understand the significance of these National Symbols to the development and progress of the nation.
” one major concern that this project will be dealing with is the fact that the National Anthem and Pledges are not respected by Nigerians, if we think deeply on what we sing or recite in these two very important symbols, we would realize that we are vowing to do our best to the progress of the Nation.”
The project HIYA Nigeria which stands for Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba and All other languages is structured to provide civic education through the use of indigenous languages across the country.