The Wife of Plateau Governor, Mrs Regina Lalong, has urged parents to inculcate in their children cultural values to enable them to know their origins.
“May I encourage parents to pick up the challenge of teaching our children who are the future leaders of this great nation, our cultural values so that they know where they come from and to sustain the values we hold dearly as a people,” she said.
Represented by the wife of the state Deputy Governor, Mrs Abigail Tyoden, the governor’s wife, also called on stakeholders in the education sector to make the study of arts and culture part of the curriculum.
She said this would enable children to learn the norms of the land at a tender age, thus preserving the nation’s identify.
“Our culture defines us, hence we must do all we can to preserve it and pass these values from one generation to the next, so that our identity will not be lost,” she said.
Mrs Lalong said NAFEST was a platform for children to interact with their peers and witness different cultural presentations from across the country.
“This I believe will serve as a means to inculcate in our children love for one another, morality, moderation and unity in diversity,” she said.
In her remarks, the state Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, Mrs Tamwakat Weli, commended the children for promoting their cultural values through their various performances, while congratulating them for using the platform of the festival to exhibit their skills and talents.
“The talents displayed by the children have been spectacular and is an indication of their love for culture and values.
“I thank the children for the sacrifice of being away from the comfort of their family ,” Weli said.
She said NAFEST had promoted creativity in arts and culture among children of various age grades and had also helped in preserving indigenous culture.
“It has ensured update in traditional skills to serve modern development needs and acts as a vehicle for preservation and documentation of the country’s rich and diverse cultural heritage,” she said.
In his remarks, the Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture(NCAC), Segun Runsewe, disclosed that children from 26 states of the federation were participating in the festival, describing their performances as outstanding.
Runsewe said culture fostered unity and understanding among various groups in the country, saying it was a critical criterion for peace
“If we get our culture right, peace will return to this country,” he said.
He said perpetration of crime in the country was because youths did not know the history of the country , saying NAFEST was a platform to enable them to know the history of their country.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the winner of the Essay Writing Competition titled:’ Impact on COVID-19 on the Nigerian Child’, Master Eze Fabian from Enugu, was announced and commended for his write-up.
NAN reports that products made by children at the skills and Acquisition competitions were presented at the reception.
Highlights of the event were performances from a nine-year-old drummer, Mannaseh Tawus, from Plateau and a 13-year-old female Xylophone Player from Bayelsa, Glory Honest.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf