The National Orientation Agency (NOA), Abia State, has introduced Campus Focus and Integrity Club programmes to address youth vices in the state.
The state’s Director of NOA Abia, Ngozi Okechukwu, disclosed this when she led the management staff of the agency on a visit to Prof. Maduebibisi Ofo Iwe, Vice Chancellor of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State.
She said Campus Focus programme was designed to address vices in tertiary institutions, while the Integrity Club focuses on the national ethics and integrity policy of the Federal Government.
The programme, she said, aims to upscale compliance with national ethics and observance of integrity in dealings.
According to her, the growing susceptibility of youths to various vices that has underscored the fact that government can no longer ignore the demands of young people.
She said: “It therefore raises the need for different approaches in steering youths to the path of productivity, national development and imbibing national ethics and integrity provisions.”
“Noting that while the youth population remained a significant asset for economic growth and development, Nigeria is yet to harness the demographic dividend.
“This is visible in the exclusion of young people from decision-making processes, the absence of effective national planning and lack of coordination and capacity deficiency to drive effective development.”
On his part, the Vice Chancellor commended NOA for setting up a desk for youth matters, stressing that a forum would be convened for the NOA to interface with the entire university community.
Meanwhile, the Executive Vice-Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof Umar Danbatta, has said that the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy (NDEPS) 2020 to 2030 is an important intervention approved by the Federal Government to increase the self-sufficiency of Nigerian youths.
Ikechukwu Adinde, NCC Director of Public Affairs, described Danbatta as saying this at the commission’s North-West two-week training aimed at implementing the Federal Government’s goal to raise Nigerians out of poverty, which was held at the Kano Campus of Digital Bridge Institute (DBI).