The National Orientation Agency, NOA, has solicited the support of religious leaders in Oyo state to educate their followers on the need to contribute to child survival and development in the country.
Director General of the agency, Dr Garba Abari solicited the support when he led a delegation on an advocacy visit on religious leaders in the state ahead of a one week workshop on a draft on “faith for Life” initiative of the Federal Government in partnership with UNICEF.
Represented by the Director Public Enlightenment and Mass Mobilization, Mrs. Ruth Okun, Dr. Abari said the purpose of the visit was to put all stakeholders on board to reduce women and child mortality rate in the country.
Representative of UNICEF, Mr Rufus Eshuchi said religious leaders have a huge role to play at ensuring children grow properly, hence the reason for UNICEF to compile into a draft, scriptures in the two Holy Books that support reproductive and maternal health initiative.
In separate responses, chairman, Oyo state Christian Association Of Nigeria, CAN, Reverend Bengamin Akanmu And the chief Imam of Ibadan land, Sheik Abdulganiy Agbotomokekere, represented by Sheik Abdulfatai Alaga commended NOA and UNICEF and promised continued support to the agency.
The one week workshop which commences today is to train trainers on “faith for life” book draft which focuses on the importance of healthy living on longevity of religion
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