Service delivery: Minister harps on synergy between NGOs, govt. agencies

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Mohammed Idris, has emphasised the need for synergies between non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and government agencies in the country for effective service-delivery to the people.

Idris said this in Abuja Thursday when he received in audience members of the Muslim Media Watch Group (MMWG) of Nigeria led by its national coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi.

Some objectives of MMWG, according to the minister, tally with that of the federal government, which made partnership with it a necessity towards achieving common goals.

He specifically commended the Group for its advocacy in the areas of fighting corruption, maintenance of peace and stability, interfaith dialogue as well as promotion of religious tolerance.

Idris stressed the federal government’s readiness to work together with NGOs like the Muslim Media Watch Group with a view to enhancing the quality of public media practice for effective performance.

Earlier, in his address, the group’s national coordinator, Ibrahim, appealed to the minister and the National Assembly to appropriate sufficient funds in the incoming 2025 Budget for the running of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) and all the federal government media organisations “so as to perform efficiently and effectively.”

He commended President Bola Tinubu for giving national orientation a new re-defined focus under a new leadership that would make NOA work better, pointing out that appropriation and release of sufficient funds were crucial to making the agency and federal media organisations to perform better.

He stressed the need for aggressive and effective national re-orientation of Nigerian citizens on value-system, adding that “Nigeria’s current political and socio-economic problems stemmed from the loss of our core values due to the lack of legal frameworks to punish infractions.”

The national coordinator was accompanied to the minister during the visit by members of the group including a veteran broadcaster & newscaster, Alhaji Ayinde Soaga; the South-east coordinator of the Muslim Media Watch Group, Alhaji Mohammed Kabir Ojiegbulam; a legal practitioner, Barrister Shehu Mohammed; Alhaji Yusuf Adebowale and Alhaji Mubashir Soaga (both of NTA); Sister Aisha Chidinnma Ibe, and Sheikh Mohammed Abdullahi Azare.