The National Orientation Agency (NOA) held a two day training on the significance, use and display of Nigerian National Symbols for Protocol and other staff of the State House in Abuja.
In his remarks, the State House Permanent Secretary, Tijjani Umar explained that the workshop was a deliberate effort towards ensuring staff were abreast on the standard of practice on how best to use the national symbols. He urged participants to be attentive with a view to becoming ambassadors on doing the right thing with the national symbols.
Notably, the resource person, Mr. Samuel Soghul (NOA Director, Planning, Research and Strategy (PRS)) used the occasion to teach participants on how to position the national flag, the right way to host and fly the national flag and the implication of burning the national flag etc.
Broadly speaking, the following national symbols are identifiable with Nigeria: The National Flag, The National Anthem, The Coat-of-Arms, The National Pledge, The Nigerian Constitution, The Nigerian Currency (The Naira), The National Identity Card, The Seal of the President and The Nigerian Passport amongst others.
It is important to note that, the National Flag is only hoisted and flown briskly from 6:00am – 6:00pm in good condition at all times. Old, tattered or defaced flags are removed and destroyed with honour and decorum.
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