By Olusola Adeoye
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has said the revival of the nation’s cultural values is a panacea to some of the problems confronting the country due to moral decadence.
Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant To The President (Media), Office of The Minister of Information and Culture, gave the minister’s postulations in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
According to the statement, the minister made the remarks in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on Thursday at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) Joint Venture (JV) Host Community Day.
“Yesterday in Abuja, a German journalist who is visiting Nigeria asked me what my vision of the nation’s Culture Sector is. I told him that my vision is to see a cultural renaissance in the country because of its ability to restore our moral values, which can in turn help in solving many of the problems we, as a nation, face today, whether it is in the area of insecurity, job creation or loss of moral values.
”It is in furtherance of this that I have always made sure to participate in as many festivals and other cultural events as possible, across the country, to give them more visibility and to encourage the organisers,” he said.
Alhaji Mohammed said giving the people of the host communities the opportunity to showcase their cultural heritage is a sure way to reconnect them to their roots, and this in turn helps to restore their moral values and self-worth, which is a sure recipe for avoiding anti-social activities and criminal tendencies.
“In this maiden edition, the focus is on cultural dance. Winners at the preliminary stages in the four states are here today for the grand finale. By hosting this event, the company is encouraging its host Communities to harness and take advantage of this opportunity with huge potentials for job creation/employment for their teeming youths.
“I have no doubt that this event will stimulate cultural activities on a commercial scale and assist in curbing youth restiveness, pipeline vandalism, oil bunkering and other vices associated with the Oil & Gas Industry in this region.”