Nige­ri­ans need at­ti­tu­di­nal re­birth to pub­lic re­sources – NOA

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The Na­tional Ori­en­ta­tion Agency (NOA), says the rich re­sources and low devel­op­ment con­tra­dic­tion in the coun­try can be re­versed if Nige­ri­ans em­brace at­ti­tu­di­nal re­birth.

NOA Direc­tor-Gen­eral Garba Abari made this known in a state­ment by Mr Paul Odenyi, Head, Press Unit of the agency in Abuja yes­ter­day.

Abari said this when he re­ceived the Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Nige­ria Ex­trac­tive In­dus­tries Trans­parency Ini­tia­tive (NEITI), Mr Waziri Adio in NOA Head­quar­ters, Abuja.

He stressed the need for pos­i­tive at­ti­tu­di­nal change among Nige­ri­ans to­ward pub­lic re­sources.

Abari urged lead­ers of ex­trac­tive in­dus­tries in the coun­try to show ex­am­ples of trans­parency and ac­count­abil­ity to their fol­low­ers, de­scrib­ing lead­er­ship as crit­i­cal to value re-ori­en­ta­tion.

He said NOA would work with NEITI in de­vel­op­ing pro­grammes, mes­sag­ing and ad­vo­cacy on trans­parency and at­ti­tu­di­nal change as they re­late to the ex­trac­tive in­dus­tries to­ward pub­lic re­ori­en­ta­tion.

He said NOA would use its nu­mer­ous in­clud­ing the Gov­ern­ment to speak to gov­ern­ment pro­grammes.

“NOA will put top­i­cal is­sues in proper per­spec­tive and elicit feed­back from cit­i­zens to gov­ern­ment on mat­ters per­tain­ing to the ex­trac­tive in­dus­tries.’’

Ear­lier, Adio said re­search had shown that apart from few states, na­tions who were richly en­dowed with nat­u­ral re­sources had very low devel­op­ment. He, how­ever, in­sisted that

nat­u­ral re­sources were if plat­forms, Lo­cal As­sem­bly, cit­i­zens on poli­cies and man­aged in a trans­par­ent, ac­count­able and pru­dent man­ner, the peo­ple would ben­e­fit op­ti­mally from it.

Adio de­cried pub­lic at­ti­tude to pub­lic re­sources in the coun­try, where peo­ple ex­pect pub­lic of­fice hold­ers to help them­selves with pub­lic re­sources, not­ing that this had fu­elled cor­rup­tion at all lev­els.

He urged all stake­hold­ers in the Ex­trac­tive In­dus­tries Trans­parency Ini­tia­tive, par­tic­u­larly the civil so­ci­ety, to play their roles ad­e­quately to en­sure that Nige­ria’s nat­u­ral re­sources worked for all Nige­ri­ans. (NAN)

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