NOA, UNICEF Holds Strategic Meeting On Redefining Partnership For Citizen Engagement

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has engaged the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in strategic review meetings.

The engagement which is a two-day meeting held at the Abuja Continental Hotel, Abuja on Wednesday is centred around restructuring and a new partnership model which will guide collaboration with all stakeholders.

Speaking during the event, the Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu who delivered a paper on “Restructuring and Repositioning of NOA,” spoke extensively on the framework of CHLEEAN.

CHLEEAN encompasses Crime and Lawlessness, Health and Hygiene, Environment, Education, Abuse, and Narcotics, as a strategic initiative for engaging with government institutions, development partners, and civil society organizations.

He said that the programme is aimed at addressing the myriad societal challenges stemming from negative attitudes in Nigeria.

“These programs, designed for effectiveness, will be implemented through collaborative efforts involving the NOA, other MDAs, the private sector, and relevant non-governmental organizations, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said.

UNICEF’s Chief Social and Behavior Change Officer, Mr Kshitij Joshi and the DG NOA, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu

UNICEF’s Chief Social and Behavior Change Officer, Mr Kshitij Joshi and the DG NOA, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu

The Director General stressed the essential role of stakeholders and partners in contributing their expertise to the success of the CLHEEAN strategy, emphasizing the need for citizens’ support in achieving government objectives.

The Crime, Lawlessness, Health, Education, Environment, Abuse, and Support Programmes and Narcotics (CLHEEAN) campaign project which will be launched in April 2024 by President Bola Tinubu is aimed at responding to pressing community needs across Nigeria.

The project, a core focus of NOA, aims to address community-specific challenges through profiling and understanding. By collaborating closely with local partners and international agencies, CLHEEAN seeks to initiate impactful solutions, starting with the cleansing of communities from identified issues.

Under the unified banner of CLHEEAN, this endeavour is poised to bring positive and lasting change to communities nationwide.

Speaking during the event, UNICEF led by Mr Kshitij Joshi, UNICEF’s Chief Social and Behavior Change Officer, said that the purpose of the meeting is to use the National Orientation Agency partnership to highlight new methods in the field of social and behavioural changes that align with UNiCEF’s philosophy. This will give stakeholders access to the new global direction and the chance to broaden their horizons.