By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) and the State Security Services (DSS) in Oyo State on Thursday, renewed partnership for excellent performance.
According to a statement by the Media unit of the National Orientation Agency in the state, the joint resolve to mitigate crime in was the outcome of courtesy visit of the Director and the managements of Oyo State National Orientation Agency to the office of the DSS in Ibadan.
Speaking during the visit, Oyo State NOA Director, Dr Olukemi Afolayan described the visit as homecoming to better partnership,
Praising the DSS for their meritable role in mitigating crime in Oyo State, an exploit to which all indices have pointed, Dr. Afolayan stressed the need for partnership to nip crime in the bud using grassroots sensitisation approach.
She pointed out that since both agencies are community based, their collaboration will produce informal exchange that wil put a stop to crime in the state.
Dr. Afolayan reiterated that the target of the agency is to make national core values to be imbibed by all Nigerians, starting from the youth age cohorts, adding that this has led to the introduction of integrity clubs in 67 secondary schools and university in the state to intimate young ones to the ideals of growing up to be virtuous Nigerians.
She however, berated the escalating drugs abuse among youths and seek collaboration to find a lasting solution to it.
Oyo State Director of the State Security Services, John Macchim in his response emphasised that DSS enjoy good relationship with NOA especially at the grassroots level where they are both present.
Welcoming the NOA Director and her team, John Maxim promised to work harmoniously with the agency to end ravaging drugs abuse in the state, saying, its time to crash crimes in totality in Oyo State.
The NOA team ably led by the Director, include its Deputy director in charge of local government operations and special services, Prince Adesola Sanda, Mr. O. Akanbi who is also a deputy director in charge of administration and Alhaji Isiaka-Adeniyi, head of media and publicity.
The highlight of the visit was presentation of the national flag by the NOA team to their host. This the Director NOA said, symbolizes the patriotic roles both agencies are playing in nation building.