By G9ija

The National Orientation Agency (NOA) is collaborating with HIYA Nigeria, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Office of the Vice President to restage the independence nostalgia.

HIYA Nigeria is a Nationwide Citizens’ Enterprise Development programme, an initiative for Grassroots empowerment using Nigerian indigenous languages.

Dr Garba Abari, the Director-General, NOA, disclosed this at the inauguration of Citizens and Patriots Day organised by HIYA Nigeria in Abuja.

He said that NOA would work with HIYA Nigeria to revitalise the use of indigenous language as a means of creating peace and harmony and promoting patriotism.

Abari said it was to celebrate a re-awakening while restaging the nostalgic feelings expressed by Nigerians across the country and abroad when Nigeria gained Independence 61 years.

“For the 61st Independence celebrations, NOA is partnering with HIYA Nigeria, an NGO, in organising a number of activities.

“HIYA Nigeria is a citizen’s organisation focused on providing voice for Nigerians as well as inspiring a sense of patriotism among Nigerians; this is in tandem with the mandate of the NOA.

“HIYA Nigeria in its work with the NOA has also come up with a book that will provide a guide to the National Standard colour codes and showcase’s icons representing the National Anthem and Pledge.

“Significantly, the NOA will be working with HIYA Nigeria, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Office of the Vice President to celebrate a yearlong re-awakening while restaging the nostalgic feelings expressed by Nigerians across the country and abroad when Nigeria gained Independence 61 years ago in 1960.

“This partnership with HIYA Nigeria will feature official presentation of the book that provides a guide to Nigeria’s codes, A citizen’s Patriots Day, choral competitions amongst other events,’’ he said.

According to him, the key thing about this year’s Independence celebration is that it will be opening the space, using technology to create inclusiveness for Nigerians in Diaspora.

Abari applauded the efforts of HIYA Nigeria towards re-orientating Nigerians and using the indigenous languages for national development.

He said it had become imperative for leaders at all levels to promote national unity and cohesion.

Programme Director, HIYA Nigeria, Oluwadamilola Oni, said that organisation was designed to salvage the extinction of nationalism, patriotic rebirth and reawaken the minds of all Nigerians to reflect the great excitement of Sept. 30, 1960 into Oct. 1, 1960.

“This programme tries to say, translate your indigenous language because the concept of this national anthem, when you hear it in your mother tongue, it makes more sense and more meaning to you.

`So, in a nutshell, let’s bring back that unity; that light, that candle, that excitement; that joy that came up on Sept. 30, 1960 as one country, one nation.

“Where is today? Let’s locate it using this programme,’’ she said.

The theme of the event is ‘’Arise O Compatriots! Nigeria’s Call Obey! Hear the Clarion Call.’’