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NOA shows love to fallen heroes, fighting soldiers on Valentine


*Lagos NOA director lauds police force on crime rate reduction

In the spirit of the Valentine season and the growing call for greater recognition of our national heroes, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with the National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN) will use the 2016 edition of NOA’s “Do the Right Thing: Fall in Love with Nigeria” Patriotism Concert to celebrate Nigeria’s fallen heroes and fighting soldiers.

This was disclosed by the NOA Director General, Mr. Mike Omeri in a statement released by NOA preparatory to the annual concert which coincides with the annual Valentine’s Day celebration.

Omeri said this year’s concert, with the theme “Salute to Our Fallen Heroes; Songs to Our Fighting Forces”, is intended to restore confidence in our unity as a people and raise positive narrative about the country to a position of dominance in national discussions. 

He said the bravery of our fallen national heroes and the gallantry of our fighting soldiers remain as untold stories in the country and the time had come for citizens to fall in love with the stories of these patriots as a way of boosting the feelings of patriotism among citizens.

“Given the background of insurgency, regional agitations, religious and cultural proclivities which are currently affecting our national cohesion, the need to encourage citizens to use the pervasive ambience of love at Valentine to reflect on the positive achievements of our nation and to encourage members of the public to show selfless love for our country as we show love to our fellow citizens cannot be overemphasized”, said the Director General.

According to the statement, the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed is expected as Special Guest of Honour in this year’s edition of the concert to be held at the Unity Square, Abuja featuring a dance presentation by the NTN. 

Also, the FCT Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Bello will be the Chief Host of the concert where “Fall in Love with Nigeria” Envoys will be unveiled to promote citizens’ appreciation of the nation through their actions and activities in society. 

Attendance of the concert, the statement said, is open to the public.

Mike Omeri, NOA boss


In a related development, the Lagos State Director of the National Orientation Agency, Mr. Waheed Ishola has appreciated the unflinching efforts of the Lagos State Police Command in curbing and fighting crime to the barest minimum in State.

Mr. Ishola gave the commendation when he led NOA management team on a working visit to the Force Headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos State. 

The aim of the visit, according to him was to further seek fruitful relationship with the Police on security awareness initiatives which will add value to their activities, thereby creating confidence of the people on the workings of the Police.

The Police Commissioner, Mr. Fatai, in his remark described NOA as a tool for development that deserves the support of other key stakeholders. 

He promised the Agency a robust relationship even as he further encouraged NOA to intensify on the civic education of the citizenry.

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