Mrs Maryam Uwais , the Special Adviser to the President on National Social Investments (NSI) said her office would partner with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for community mobilisation and social accountability.
Uwais said this during an interactive session with all the State Directors on Friday in Abuja.
According to her, a robust platform of National Orientation Agency (NOA) is essential for NSI programmes.
“A robust community mobilisation and social accountability will ensure overall programme success through NOA,” the presidential aide said.
According to Uwais, the social investment programmes are designed to help fulfil the Federal Government’s social protection role to its citizens.
‘’This is in anticipation of reducing poverty and inequality in the country, while jump-starting progress in human development through conditional cash transfers, skill development, education and job creation.’’
She also said that the social investment programmes of the government had been strategically hosted within the office of the Vice-President to ensure effective monitoring and evaluation.
In his address of welcome, Mr Garba Abari, the Director-General, NOA, said that government owed it a sacred duty to protect the most vulnerable segments of the society.
He said that the people needed to be protected from the worse impact of the current economic challenges.
This, he said, became imperative, especially in the face of current difficult times.
“Our nation is passing through critical times and critical times such as this call for patriotic commitment to the nation.’’
The NOA boss said that the agency had the mandate to sensitise and orientate the public on government policies, programmes and activities.
He commended Uwais and assured her that the agency would do all within its power to add value to the work she had started.
“NOA will ensure that ordinary Nigerians in the rural areas not only understand the social safety net programmes, but know how to take advantage of the opportunities that they provide.
“Today’s message will be taken to all the 774 local government areas in Nigeria, through our Chief Orientation and Mobilization Officers through local languages.’’
The NOA boss called on other agencies of government responsible for programmes, policies and activities to reach out to the agency for greater impact on the people.