by crossriverwatch admin
The National Orientation Agency, NOA during the week held a stakeholders conversation on the mid-term performance of Jonathan’s administration in Calabar.
In a welcome address, the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, FNIPR thanked participants for turning out en masse, “I am happy that you all will abandon whatever you’re doing to honor my invitation. When people re-position themselves to achieve set goals, it therefore means that all hands must be on deck to materialize such goals”.
The convener informed that the conversation is necessary to enlighten Nigerians on the achievements, challenges and work undone by President Goodluck Jonathan.
“We have been to Kaduna, Ibadan, Abuja and now we are in Calabar leaving us with three states to visit. Before you voted the President into office he presented a seven point transformation agenda which he says he wants you to judge him based on the promises he made, the ones he has kept and those yet to be materialized”, the Director-General said.
He pledged his agency’s readiness to make programs of this magnitude regular, “this conversation has come to stay and I encourage all of you to participate passionately because to make Nigeria grow as we want is to work for it and participate in decision making events as this”.
Mr. Mike told the participants that, “his rationale is to take back reactions to the President for consideration because it is all about Nigerians not Goodluck”.
In his address Cross River State Governor, Senator Liyel Imoke represented by his S. A. on Orientation and Public Affairs, Barrister Edet Okon Asim described Nigeria as a naturally endowed country where all is available to drive the nation forward, “Cross River is a state that the country will hardly survive without because of her treasures and the giant strides it has reached.”
Imoke reiterated his administration’s support in achieving the President’s transformation agenda. “My state has gone a long way in ensuring that Nigerians progress especially those kept under our immediate care. For these and other reasons we have materialized that of entrepreneurship and empowerment by hosting the Central Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Development Centers for the South-South geo-political zone, investment from Wilmer, General Electricity amongst others all in Cross River the leading state in the tourism industry.”
Also speaking at the event was Hon. Sam Odey, one time Minister of NDDC. In a goodwill message, he expressed delight with the organizers and urged them to do more in getting the public aware of every step of the Federal Government.
“This initiative is good and I encourage the National Orientation Agency (NOA) because without proper sensitization of the people on the dealings of their representatives, followership will become a port-hole”.
The conversation featured a plenary session moderated by Professor S. P. I. Agi, Department of Political Science, University of Calabar.
The discussants included: Hon. Okon Ekpo, former Commissioner of Niger Delta Commission (NDDC) representing Cross River, Dr. Okpo Oja a public affairs commentator, Hon. Sam Oju, Chief Asuquo Ekpenyong and Dr. C. M. Ogor, a lecturer in the Department of Political Science University of Calabar.
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