Reps want increase in budgetary allocation for NOA

The House of Representatives has called for increased budgetary allocation to National Orientation Agency () to enable it perform effectively.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Rep. Shina Peller (APC-) at Tuesday’s plenary.

Speaking on the motion, Peller said there was need to reinvigorate for impactful discharge of its duties.

He said that was established to re-orientate Nigerians and encourage them to take part actively and freely discussions and decisions affecting their welfare.

Peller said that the functions of NOA as stipulated Sections 3 of its act included enlightening the general public on Federal policies and programmes.

“Others include; mobilise favourable opinion for federal policies and programmes, collect and collate feedback to the public on programmes and policies among others,” he said.

According to him, Section 4 of NOA Act also stipulates the novel objectives of the agency as social re-engineering, organisation omnibus mandate and its core functions.

He said that since 1999, Nigeria had been bedeviled several problems, ranging from communal clashes, religious and ethnic bigotry, terrorism, religious extremism, large scale corruption.

The lawmaker said he was concerned that NOA had failed to rise up to its responsibilities of disseminating information and re-orienting Nigerians especially at the peak of –19 pandemic.

The House mandated its Committee on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values to ensure increase the budgetary allocation of NOA 2022 budget, for optimal performance.(NAN)