THE National Orientation Agency’s Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers (COMOs) in the 21 local government areas of Anambra State, have been advised to improve on their knowledge of Information Communications Technology (ICT), for timely response on the occurrences and realities of the time in the world.
The State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Anambra State, Charles Nwoji, gave the admonition during a one-day training on Information Communications Technology, organised by the agency for its field officers in the local government areas across the state, at the corporate office of the agency in Awka.
According to Nwoji, who said that the programme was aimed at guiding the participants on their routine activities as well as to enable them to react instantly to current realities of the time, NOA had before now remained busy with the COVID-19 pandemic-related issues in the state, noting that Anambra State Government was not found wanting in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
The NOA Director further disclosed that NOA is currently carrying out programmes on flooding and open defecation in the state, apart from its programmes on the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) had before today conducted a pilot exercise in a few selected local government areas in the state to rate the Open Defecation Free (ODF) programme in Anambra and elsewhere.
He said, before now, India was deemed open defecation capital of the world based on UNICEF statistics, expressing displeasure that Nigeria may take over from India as the foremost country in open defecation, if adequate measures are taken.
Stating that UNICEF has remained resolute and proactive in reminding the world that the era of open defecation is gone, Nwoji emphasised that President Mohammadu Buhari had given an executive order to reduce open defecation in the country by the year 2025, adding that relevant health workers in the country have been working hard towards achieving the set objective.
The NOA Director, who spoke among other things, revealed that the Federal Ministry of Water Resources, Abuja, is partnering NOA on the sensitisation and mobilisation aspect of the campaign against open defecation in the states across the country.