The federal government says it is set to launch the “Change Begins With Me’’ campaign, “to entrench the values of accountability, integrity and positive attitudinal change” in Nigerians.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, and the Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Garba Abari, made this known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
They said that the campaign was aimed at educating and enlightening Nigerians to appreciate these values which, they noted, are critical to achieving comprehensive national development.
According to them, the campaign is expected to trigger positive change that will boost Nigeria’s image, enable the country gain acceptability and command respect in the comity of nations.
The minister said that President Muhammadu Buhari would launch the programme on Thursday in Abuja.
“About three to five years back now, the role models in the society were people of doubtful character. Money was worshipped; nobody cared where and how one got the money; these are the misplaced values that we are tackling now,” Mohammed said.
He said that the campaign would involve every Nigerian and address the shortcomings of every profession and job.
Mohammed said that the campaign would also feature slogans that could be easily assimilated by the people, in order to correct identified ills in the society.
“We believe that what is wrong with Nigeria is not limited to the elite, the political class and the civil service; if we want that change, therefore, it must address all the issues and target every strata of the society.”
Mohammed said that the campaign was not a replication of the “War Against Indiscipline” which the Buhari-led military administration initiated in 1983 but that it would achieve the same goal using a different means.
The minister, therefore, solicited the support of the private sector towards the success of the campaign.
Mohammed said that the National Orientation Agency (NOA) would be the flagship body driving the campaign, to ensure that it gets to the grassroots.
He further said that NOA had the duty to its success in states local government areas and schools, while traditional rulers and leaders of faith organisations were also expected participated actively in driving the campaign.
In a separate interview, the NOA director-general noted that the programme was also aimed at fighting corruption and encouraging peaceful co-existence in the country.
He said it was regrettable that corruption had done a lot of damage to every sphere of the country.
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