Abuse of national symbols to attract jail term -NOA

AS part of its constitutional mandate to educate Nigerians on the values of the Nigeria symbols, the National Orientation Agency (NOA) has called for the amendment of the Ordinance Act, in order to curtail the level of abuse on the Nigerian symbols.
Speaking in Abuja, on Monday, at an occasion to mark the National Symbols Day, the Director-General of the agency, Mr Mike Omeri, said that national symbols identified and represented states, nations and countries.

He frowned on the level at which the Nigerian symbols were being abused by the citizens, adding, however, that there were plans by the agency to seek amendment to the existing Ordinance Act, so that the wrong display of national symbols would not only attract fine, but also a jail term.

He revealed that the amendment bill had passed the first reading, adding that as soon as the National Assembly returned from recess, the bill would continue its journey to the second reading.

“NOA is seeking the amendment of the Ordinance Act to make wrong display of national symbols, defacing of same and other treatments of national symbols attract greater sanctions,” Omeri said.

He further said the NOA had written to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, requesting that September 16 of every be declared “National Symbols Day.”

He further added that many nations around the world had dedicated a day in the year to focus attention on their national symbols as a way of bringing attention to things that united them.

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