As the nation continues to battle the spread of CoronaVirus, the National Orientation Agency(NOA) has expressed its gratitude to public spirited organizations and individuals for their support to the Federal Government and its institutions, individuals and medical workers who are in the forefront of the war against the pandemic.

The Director General of the Agency, Dr. Garba Abari spoke while welcoming the assistance of the Akin Fadeyi Foundation in support of its public enlightenment campaigns saying NOA has enjoyed the goodwill of several organizations during this period and in the past because of its people oriented disposition by continually engaging the people to understand the thrust of government policies, programs and activities.

According to him “We are delighted to partner with the Akin Fadeyi Foundation and Funder, MacArthur Foundation as this is another indication of Mr. President’s unwavering commitment to identifying and working with creative talents that abound in the country for nation building efforts. In these unprecedented times, we have stepped up our responsibility to ensure that Nigerians are adequately informed and educated about the COVID-19 pandemic, and enlighten them to be abreast of prevention methods, so as to curb further spread of the disease”.

He noted the support from other organizations especially the Centre for Democracy and Development and the Mike Omotosho Foundation among others for their support, urging more of such institutions to support and partner with government to achieve better health for Nigerians.[1]

Abari commended the dogged commitment of the COVID-19 Task Force under the coordination of the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who he said has thrown everything into the work of ensuring Nigerians surmount the challenges posed by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In his words: “The NOA and the Akin Fadeyi Foundation are in partnership to create mass awareness to keep Nigerians informed about the deadly COVID-19. The messages which are focused on the different methods of prevention and flattening the curve of the disease are currently being broadcast nationwide on the national network, international network and all broadcasting Channels of the Nigerian Television Authority”.

The Executive Director of Foundation, Akin Fadeyi who explained the purpose of the support for NOA said it was in line with the programs of the organization to lend support when the need arises. “This collaboration, Mr Fadeyi said is an indication of our continuous focus aimed at strengthening institutional capacities, In line with one of our programs. We have produced 6 public communication awareness materials centered on the COVID-19. The aim of this is to educate the general public on the multi-pronged Federal Ministry of Health/W.H.O recommended directives on the prevention of the viral disease. These materials would be impactful in driving home the messages to the grassroots, as people respond positively to audio-visual instructional materials. We highly commend the National Orientation Agency for collaborating with us to achieve this impactful project”.

“Akin Fadeyi Foundation is irrevocably committed to keep deploying its creative and strategic tools to rekindle hope in our nation as we work in partnership with relevant Agencies to steer the country in a fulfilling direction”.

Paul Odenyi
Assistant Director, Press

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