The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Charles Udoh has urged the Federal Government to show commitment in value reorientation towards restoring the eroded culture and norms of the society especially by the younger generation of Nigerians.
The Commissioner gave the charge on Tuesday in Uyo during a courtesy call on him in his office by the Management Staff of National Orientation Agency led by the State Director, Mr. Eno Uyoh.
Mr Udoh decried the debased culture of Nigerian youths who disrespect elders and constituted authorities and waste their energies and resources online and on other media platforms to castigate and level insults on government and authorities which totally negate the cherished African culture of respect to instituted authorizes, parents and elders in the society.
Maintaining that, these cherished inherent values and norms of respect to parents, the elderly and constituted authorities are laws upheld not only by the society but the holy bible, the Information Boss reiterated that, there are rewards as well as penalties and punishments as the case may be by God and the society and urged the Federal government to intervene with dispatch by funding value reorientation programmes saddled by the National Orientation Agency.
Recalling that, National Orientation Agency (NOA), metamorphosed from the erstwhile MAMSER, which was then a foremost organ of the Federal Government on orientation of the masses on core ethical values, Udoh said, should invest in NOA to enable it lay this basic foundation in the youths which is cardinal in broadening their mind towards love, respect, unity and ethical values necessary for progress, growth and development.
The State’s spokesman pinpointed at hate speeches eating deep into the National fabric of our country, the extinguishing local dialects and languages and the general eroded norms, values and culture of Nigeria and Africa at large and called on the Federal Government to look beyond politics and consider the development of the Nigerian nation by restoring the basic ethical conduct and principles necessary for smooth and equitable development devoid of rancor, ethical, religious and political sentiments.
He expressed appreciation to the State NOA for the parley which he said was long overdue adding that with the intending symbiotic relationship between Ministry of Information and Strategy and the National Orientation Agency, much will be achieved together towards value reorientation of the populace and other related issues and pledged the support of the state government towards the success of the Agency in Akwa Ibom State.
The State Director of National Orientation Agency, Mr. Eno Uyoh had said, the Agency was in the Ministry to seek collaborative avenues towards effective discharge of the responsibilities of the Agency which include among others: Voters education, Orientation of the populace against, societal ills, cultism and criminality; Citizenship education and Ethical reorientation etc.
He enlisted some of the challenges of the Agency to include: lack of functional vehicle for field services, poor funding and lack of integration into State government plans and called for the support and assistance of the state government to enable it carry out its assignments effectively in the state.
On his part, the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Inyang Jameson, expressed gratitude to NOA for the visit and described the emerging relationship between the two organs of government as apt and timely.
Present at the occasion were management staff of the State National Orientation Agency and Ministry of Information and Strategy.