The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has been awarded the Most Ethically Responsible Federal Government Agency in 2014 by the Centre for Ethics and Self-Value Orientation (CESVO), a non-governmental organization.
Conferring the award, the Executive Director of the Centre, Prince Salihu Yakubu said the award was in recognition of NOA’s commitment to the tenets of Service Compact with all Nigerians (SERVICOM) in all the 774 Local Government Areas of the Federation.
Director General of NOA, Mr. Mike Omeri also received the award of Ambassador of Ethics and Man of Conscience as a Gold Medalist in Public Administration.
Presenting a Certificate of Credence to NOA at the Agency’s Headquarters in Abuja, Prince Yakubu disclosed that CESVO had undertaken secret and extensive investigation of the Agency in its various formations at the Local Government, State and National levels. He said the Centre found that the Agency satisfied its criteria for the award noting, among other things, that every Local Government Area had a positive story to tell about the Agency’s activities. The Center, he further stated, observed that “staff of the Agency are actually practicing in their daily service delivery, the Do the Right Thing charge which the Agency has been championing nationwide”.
He was assertive that NOA deserved a huge share of government funding to enable it fully achieve and sustain the ethical reorientation of Nigerians in all works of life.
Receiving the awards on behalf of the NOA Director General and the Agency, the Director, Planning, Research and Strategy of NOA, Mr. Bonat Tagwai commended the commitment of CESVO to fighting corruption and entrenching ethical orientation as well as quality service delivery in the country.
He reiterated the need for constant social audit of government projects and establishments to demand and promote transparency. He also urged the Centre to partner with NOA in developing strategies for institutionalizing ethical orientation and promoting the Freedom of Information Act as a key instrument of government accountability so as to give force to the provisions of the Act.