NCAC holds Cultural Roundtable on Morality
*As First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari expresses willing to collaborate with NCAC
By Udeme Clement :
The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has organised a day Cultural roundtable on Morality, Culture and the Nigerian Youths.
The programme, which was the best of its kind aimed at addressing progressive deterioration of our cultural values and the urgent need to mount a comprehensive, as well as sustainable value re-orientation programme capable of returning Nigerian society on the path of moral rebirth.
The event took place at Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers.
In his welcome address,
the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe decried the progressive deterioration in our cultural values.
Runsewe stated that while Nigeria had always been known for a rich culture, anchored on the virtues of hardwork, integrity, high public morality, respect for elders and constituted authority, decency in dressing and in public speeches among others, these virtues are rapidly giving way to social vices.
He recalled, “In the past, agents of socialisation like the family, school, religious institutions, took collective responsibility in inculcating high moral values among our youths”.
According to Otunba Runsewe, “Today, the story is different. What we now see, is laziness, get rich quick syndrome and primitive acquisitive tendencies by yahoo-yahoo boys, scammers, internet fraudsters and all forms of social vices”.
In her speech, the Chairperson of the occasion, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration, Office of the First Lady, Dr. Hajo Sani stated that our youths in imitating foreign cultures in the way they talk and dress, are early signs of deviation from our moral values and customs.
She lamented that in our schools, many teachers, who supposed to tutor our children in cultural values now take advantage of the same children they are supposed to take care of.
She added, “The society at large, has now become bad examples to our youths by exposing them to other immoral vices like rape and other forms of evil activities”.
She noted that the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari will be willing to collaborate with NCAC on building a good foundation for our youth right from childhood.
The Managing Director of Africa Independence Television (AIT), Dr. (Mrs) Tosin Dokpesi, who gave the keynote address, commended the DG, NCAC for putting up the roundtable discourse, adding that there is no better time to start the moral rebirth crusade than now.
She said all hands must be on deck to rid the society of social vices and inculcate good values in our youths. She stressed the need to arrest our eroding values and tradition with a commitment to restore the lost culture and glory of our country Nigeria.
Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a book titled “Morality, Culture and the Nigerian Youth”, authored by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, copies of which were distributed to all the participants: discussants, speakers, journalists and other invited guests.
The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe also used the occasion to express the resolve of National Council for Arts and Culture to rise up to the occasion and rid our society of moral rot and put Nigeria on a sound social and cultural footing.
Runsewe added that the book will serve as one of the literature materials that his Council intends to use to prosecute moral rebirth in our society.
He urged every parent, teacher, religious leader to critically review our values as a nation as that is the only sure way we can aspire for accelerated growth and development we urgently desire.
The one day roundtable attracted participation of critical stakeholders from different sectors of the society.