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Runsewe urges Nigerian youths to embrace cultural rebirth

By Israel Olaniyan
26 May 2022   |   2:11 am
As custodian of the country’s cultural heritage and the institution of government saddled with the responsibility of popularising the cherished values, the National Council for Arts and Culture is deeply disturbed by the alarming rate ...

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As custodian of the country’s cultural heritage and the institution of government saddled with the responsibility of popularising the cherished values, the National Council for Arts and Culture is deeply disturbed by the alarming rate at which culture is being eroded and replaced with alien practices.

Given this worrisome trend, the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, recently gathered youths for a cultural sensitisation programme at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers Abuja with the theme, ‘Nigerian Youths and Nation Building.’

The Director General noted that the youths are the greatest assets and the driving force of the development of any nation given their resourcefulness, dynamism and vigour, adding that if the youths are allowed to derail and internalise the wrong attitudes and orientation that cannot engender national development, the youth can also become the nation’s most disturbing liability.

Runsewe revealed that NCAC is at the forefront in engaging youths in its programmes with a view to “catching them young” and procreating cultural norms, values as well as national ethics.

He said given increasing globalisation, foreign values have been popularised and promoted above Africa’s cherished values to the level that transgenderism, same sex marriage, plaiting of hair by young men are fast gaining ground in the society, hence, the need for a total cultural rebirth among the youths.

The DG urged the youths to be part of efforts aimed at building a new Nigeria by inculcating traditional values to remain the building blocks of a greater Nigerian nation that will be internally secure, socially stable, economically viable, peaceful and prosperous.

Also speaking at the event, the Honorable Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, who was the special guest of honour, thanked the NCAC for setting the pace in the collective drive towards a cultural rebirth for Nigerian youth.

She reiterated the need for parents to redouble their efforts as gatekeepers for youths to ensure that children receive proper upbringing as enshrined in core values as leaders of tomorrow.

Dame Tallen who maintained that the current security challenges in our society today and other prevailing social vices are direct disfunctional values, therefore, enjoined youths to shun cultism, gender based violence and other vices and become ambassadors of change by making a positive difference.

She advocated the need to establish culture clubs in all secondary schools in the country to drive home the sensitization programme or cultural rebirth to the doorsteps of youths in the country.

The keynote speaker and other guest discussants sensitized the youths on the damaging effects of negative attitudes and behaviours to themselves and the society and how values can engender individual and national development.

There were drama presentations from participating schools highlighting the various social vices among the youths ranging from drug addiction, prostitution, Internet fraud and their consequences. The students also showcased the need for religious tolerance and unity among the various ethnic groups.

Participants at the one-day sensitisation programme were drawn from various public and private secondary schools within the FCT, private sector and stakeholders in the arts and culture sector.

Highpoint of the day was the presentation of certificates and plaques to participating schools and their teachers by the Hon. Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Dame Pauline Tallen.

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