OrderPaperToday– The Senate has passed for third reading an amendment to the National Orientation Agency (NOA) act.

The bill sponsored by Senator Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi) was read for the first time 28th of March, 2017 and referred to the Senate committee on Information and National Orientation after second reading.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Suleiman Adokwe (PDP, Nasarawa) presented the report on Wednesday at plenary.

The amendment empowers the NOA to collaborate with the federal, state and local governments in the eradication of social vices such as street hawking, cultism, armed robbery and exam malpractices through social enlightenment programmes.

The bill also seeks to inculcate nationalism and love for one another and respect to the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria and also see to the peaceful coexistence of all Nigerians.

The bill when passed into law will help government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to handle environmental challenges and conserve the ecosystem and preserve natural resources through orientation.

Adokwe further spoke on the importance of the bill saying, “any issue that pertains to ethnic integration, mediation, patriotism and peaceful coexistence must be of importance to the nation in view of the current state of the country of clashes, hate speeches etc. this bill does not replicate the functions of existing bodies but will help address the multifaceted complexities of peaceful coexistence.”

Also approved for the third reading is the bill to establish the Nigerian Council for Psychologists.

It was sponsored by Senator Ben Murray Bruce and passed on 31st May, 2018 for second reading then referred to the committee on Establishment and Public service matters.

The chairman of the committee, Senator Emmanuel Paulker presented the report.

The bill seeks to regulate the practice of psychologists and ensure only certified psychologists are allowed to operate and provide qualitative psychological services.

It will equally complement government efforts on psychological developments.

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