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NOA urges staff to improve in ICT knowledge



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.

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     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.

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