WSSCC WASH Ambassador Talks Sanitation at Nigeria’s National Orientation Agency

Date: 7th June 2012

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WSSCC’s WASH Ambassador, Engr. Ebele Okeke, was hard at work again on 6 June 2012 when she visited the office of Nigeria’s National Orientation Agency (NOA), and its Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri.

(Click here to see a photo gallery from the event.)

NOA was established with the mandate of informing Nigerians about government policies, programmes and activities, as well as mobilize public support for the same. It also provides feedback to government on the people’s feelings and reactions towards its policies and activities, thus expanding the space for public input into government decision-making process.

Its strong connectivity to Nigeria’s citizenry was one reason why Engr. Okeke visited, commenting that NOA could be a great ally in the effort to make all Nigerians aware of the importance of good sanitation, hygiene and water supply.

“NOA has a voice in Nigeria, and we are asking you to lend us your voice,” said Engr. Okeke, in a presentation before NOA Director General Mike Omeri, NOA staff and representatives of Nigeria’s National Task Group on Sanitation. Mr. Omeri endorsed Engr. Okeke’s suggestions, adding that “if we do the right things together, we will transform this country.”

Mr. Omeri said he and his colleagues welcome learning more about the topic and taking advantage of good materials and messages which have already been produced. Engr. Okeke said a number of good sanitation advocacy materials exist for immediate use or local adaptation, including WSSCC’s own GDP for GDP campaign – Good Dignity Practices for Gross Domestic Product.

Following the presentation, Mr. Omeri showed the assembled guests a newly constructed studio facility at NOA for the development of radio programmes, jingles and more. Such studios are also being constructed at the local level throughout the country, an infrastructure investment that will support NOA’s efforts to inform Nigerians around the country about a range of topics, including WASH.

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