Former Senate President, Sen. Ken Nnamani on Wednesday said that Nigerians need more enlightenments to understand the transformation agenda of the Federal Government.
Nnamani made the observation when he led a delegation of the Ken Nnamani Centre for Leadership to the National Orientation Agency (NOA) on a courtesy visit in Abuja.
The centre was seeking for possible collaboration between the two bodies to sensitise Nigerians on the President Goodluck Jonathan Transformation Agenda.
He said that NOA could help in disseminating the message to educate the public and break it down in such a way that more people could participate in the transformation agenda.
``If we just say transformation and everybody says it and it becomes just another slogan. What are you transforming?
``If you say to transform, which means to change, both of them are verb, one is more fundamental than the other and that is the transformation,’’ he said.
Nnamani said that the transformation agenda involved more than just a change but change that could bring pain and better results.
He said that the creation of NOA was central to the realisation of the country’s industrial goal through education, enlightenment and sensitisation of the citizenry on government programmes.
The former senate president said that with effective communication, government’s efforts would be better appreciated.
``We can do more for our country through NOA because the agency is central to government’s reform and we are here to collaborate in terms of what youths can do about the country’s electoral reform,`` he said.
Prof. Charles Okigbo, a mass communication lecturer, at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, who accompanied the senator, said that the university would be willing to provide support for the agency to promote nationwide development.
He said that the institution was determined to play a active role in whatever responsibility it was given.
He said that as a lecturer in mass communication, he had the expertise to communicate the desired change in the society.
``We can help to evaluate projects to see which one is working and which one is not,’’ he said.
Okigbo urged directors in NOA to be more creative in terms of ideas and bring out projects that were fundable to effect the needed transformation.
The Director General of NOA, Mr Mike Omeri said that there was a direct relationship between development and democracy which could only be provided for by leadership.
He said that the president expected a paradigm shift in the way the nation was run, hence there was need for everybody to participate in the transformation agenda.
NAN reports that the agency had come up with a programme tagged: ``Citizenship Responsibility Scheme'' to change the attitudes of Nigerians.