By Ralph Oguntibeju, Akure.
The Acting Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Ondo State Directorate, Mrs Layo Adefolalu on Monday joined other Stakeholders at the flag-off ceremony for the MIC6 on National Immunization Coverage survey (NICS) organized by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) with the support of UNICEF.
The event was held at the Cocoa Conference Hall, Governor’s office, Akure, the Ondo State capital.
In her goodwill message, Mrs Adefolalu commended the State Government for its utmost interest in programmes that concern women and children.
She appreciated UNICEF for the funding of the project which is to collect and collate data for development planning of policy, programme and activities for the state.
She added that NOA is a strategic Agency saddled with the responsibility of communicating government policy, programme activities to the people at the grassroots. Our presence here is not by accident but a confirmation of the role we have to play to ensure that MIC6 is successfully implemented in the state.
The NOA boss gave assurance of the Agency’s readiness to collaborate with the State Government, MDAs, Donor Agencies, UNICEF and other partners in sensitizing the good people of Ondo state on the programme across the 18 LGAs in the state.
Concluding her speech, she informed the stakeholders of the ongoing phase 2 Covid-19 vaccination across LGAs in the state urging those who had not been vaccinated to visit the nearest vaccination centre by presenting themselves to be vaccinated.
The State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health, Pharm. Aladenola thanked UNICEF for funding the program, while he also appreciating them for their laudable contribution to the development of the state especially as it concerns women and children. Other donor Agencies and partners working for the betterment of state were equally recognized.
Mr. Governor also thanked the Bureau of Statistics for always providing the state with data for policies and programme planning.
He urged the recruited enumerators to do a thorough job so as to help the State in its development plan at all time.
He appreciated the participants for sparing their time to attend the flag-off, urging the local government Chairmen present as well as the ALGON Chairman, Hon. Augustine Oloruntogbe to mobilize their people for active participation in the program.
The Governor emphasized that the enumerator team are not task officers to collect money from anyone but implored the people to give correct and accurate information needed to the enumerators for proper collation and documentation.