NSCDC PARTNERS NOA ON SAFE SCHOOL PROJECT OF FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

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The need to inculcate core values and total preparation of Nigerian School children ,teachers and other critical stakeholders in the nation’s education industry have been emphasized by the Deputy Commandant , Nigerian Security Civil and Defence Corps, Anambra State Command,Commandant Francis Nnadi.

The Commandant,who was speaking when he led the high racking officers of the Command on courtesy visit to the Director, National Orientation Agency, (NOA),Awka,Anambra State Directorate,Mr Edozie Ajaegbu in his office at the Ebele Ofunneamaka Okoke Federal Secretariat Commlex,Awka, maintained that the essence of the visit was to explore a fertile ground to partnering NOA on information dissemination and communicating the project in the communities and schools across the State.

He said that the Safe School Project of the Federal Government is aimed at re-orintating the mindsets of Nigerian School Children towards imbibing the core values which he said had eluded the Country.

He spoke on the importance of teching the children on all the nity gritties of the security tips ranging from homes as the future leaders of the Country, adding that the project is not only about the School Children,but also aimed at partnering with the greater percentage of Nigerians, especially, NOA in the herculian task of makimg the people to be security conscious at all times,with particular reference to the School Children.

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The Commandant,who also in charge of Private Guard Companies in the State,said that they came to see where they could synergize with NOA in the area of sensitizing the people on the project,thanked the NOA hierarchy for the warm reception accorded them despite the short notice.

Receiving the Deputy Commandant and his team in his office,the State Director, National Orientation Agency(,NOA)Awka, Anambra State Director,Mr.Edozie Ajaegbu,assured the Deputy Commandant and his team that they are at the right place,saying that the project was in line with the mandates of the Agency with particular reference to attitudinal change among Nigerians.

The Director,stated that NOA had been in the total war against cultism and drug abuse among other social vices in the Schools across the State assuring the Deputy Commandant and his team that the synergy they seek with the NOA for quality service delivery in the State would work out effectively.

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Earlier,the Assistant Commandant and the Coordinator Safe School Project of the NSCDC in Anambra State,Mrs Uchechukwu Okafor,said that the project was launched in 2014 by Federal Government with a view to stemming the inceasant ,bullying and kidnapping of School Children in the Country as well as making the School environments save for the School Children and the teachers.

She harped on the needed for fencing the School compounds, installation of CC camera and as well lightening the School environments by the Government at all levels and the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) of the Schools in the Country in order to checkmate the activities of kidnapping of the School Children in the Country,stressing that the State Commandant of the Corp had mandated that the project would be replicated in all Communities of the Country,especially at the grassroots by organizing a one day Statewide Stakeholders workshop on the project.

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In their separate speeches,the Deputy Director Special Duties and Local Government Coordinator, Barrister Ifeoma Chijioke and her counterpart in Programmes Department, Mr.Ignatius Obiorah, and that of the Planning Research and Strategy of the Agency,Comrade Felix Agbu, described the Safe School Project of the Federal Government as wonderful and timely.

Pointed out that the objectives of the project were in tandem with the life charter programme of the Director General of the National Orientation Agency,Abuja,Mallam Lanre Isa Onilu which they said was aimed at rejuvenating the spirit team work, patriotism and total fight against all forms of social vices, crimes and criminalites in the Country.

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