The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and Stakeholders have discussed the progressive deterioration of our cultural values and the urgent need to mount a value re-orientation programme in a one day Cultural Roundtable on “Morality, Culture and the Nigerian Youth”.
In his welcome address, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe; said that, while Nigeria had always been known for a rich culture, anchored on the virtues of hard work, 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 various social vices.
He noted that in the past, agents of socialization like the family, school, religious institutions, took collective responsibility in inculcating high moral values among our youths.
Runsewe lamented that what is seen today, is laziness, get rich quick syndrome and primitive acquisitive tendencies by yahoo-yahoo boys, scammers, internet fraudsters and all forms of social vices.
In addition, the Chairman of the occasion who is also 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 are supposed to tutor our children in cultural ethos now take advantage of the same children they are supposed to take care of.
She added that 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.
Giving a keynote address, the Managing Director, Africa Independence Television (AIT), Dr. (Mrs) Tosin Dokpesi, 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 remarked that all hands must be on deck to rid the society of the 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.
In a book presentation titled “Morality, Culture and the Nigerian Youth”, authored by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Runsewe, he expressed the resolve of the 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.