Fri. Jul 12th, 2024

From TCNEWS

A call has gone to traditional rulers to embrace peace as a priceless commodity that can trigger rural transformation.

The State Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Abia State Directorate Mrs Regina Iroha made the call when she led her management team on a courtesy visit to the palace of the traditional ruler of Ovukwu Abam autonomous community in Arochukwu Local Government Area, HRH (Prof) Sunday Kalu Okpi.

Mrs Iroha in her speech, said that National Orientation Agency is a major bridge between the Federal Government and the citizens.

According to her, the Agency relates back to the government the feelings and aspirations of  the people in form of feedback.

The NOA Director informed the royal father and his cabinet that the Agency has been visiting major stakeholders, sending the message of building a People of Peace focusing on fake news, hate speech and misinformation.

She described the positive effect of peace as a priceless commodity which every community must imbibe.

She urged the people to constantly verify every information or fact-check the content of  any news story that could be misleading to avoid strife and rancor in the society.

The NOA Boss charged the community leaders to  buy into government policies, programmes and activities that will facilitate the development of their rural community.

In his response, the traditional ruler  of Ovukwu Abam autonomous community His Royal Highness Eze (Prof) Sunday Kalu Okpi commended the pivotal role of National Orientation Agency in bringing the government closer to the people, especially in the areas of Sensitization,  Mobilization and Enlightenment of the people at the grassroot.

He promised to take the message of negative effects of fake news, hate speech and misinformation to his subjects. 

In a brief speech, Chief Uka Oji the traditional Prime Minister expressed their profound gratitude for the visit and pleaded that the Federal and State Governments should extend developmental projects to Ovukwu Abam community.

Present  at the occasion were Chief Herbert Kalu Okpi, a veteran journalist and a retired director News Agency of Nigeria, Chief Kalu Bassey the chairman Ndi Oji Abam Development Union among others.

By NWAMARA

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