The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Mr. Mike Omeri has urged media organizations to create platforms where citizens can be mobilized for meaningful contributions to national development.
He made this call while receiving the maiden Public Servant of the Year 2014 Award by the National Trail Newspapers for his outstanding performance in the area of information dissemination during the security challenges in the country.
Omeri said that for citizens to effectively participate and meaningfully contribute national development at this moment of our national experience, the Nigerian media should help in changing the attitude of the people on the security, economy and social challenges facing the country. He commended the newspaper for standing firm and bridging the information gap between the people and the government about current happenings in the country, adding that it has also not relented in setting agenda for NOA in upholding national ethics.
Omeri who dedicated the award to staff of the Agency described the newspaper as a brand that maintains the ethics of fairness and balance in news reporting thereby creating the picture of how we ought to do the right things as citizens and making the newspaper a responsible and trustworthy medium.
Presenting the award, the Chairman/Publisher of the National Trail Newspaper, Hon. Inuwa Bwala said the DG NOA was voted for the award for his efforts and contribution to information dissemination at the time the country was facing security challenges.
Bwala observed that the National Information Centre under the NOA gave the government a direction to work on adding that the award takes scores and activities of people in government and encourages those who are outstanding to do better.