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By Ganiyu Obaaro, Lagos
The Executive Secretary/ Chief Executive of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, Mallam Muhammed Ado Yahuza, has stressed the need for greater unity among Nigerians, inspite of our cultural, religious and other differences.
He said those cleavages should rather unite us for greater national development, than allowing them to divide us.
Yahuza, a graduate of Ahnadu Bello University, Zaria, North West Nigeria, who spoke at a two-day programme in Lagos, organised by his parastatal, was also upbeat about delivering on his mandate as the head of the institute.The theme of the programmes,which drew scores of people, particularly school children and their handlers, was: “2021 Children’s Cultural Fiesta- Cultural Diversity and National Cohesion: The Role of the Nigerian Youth.”He expressed joy that NICO was delivering on its mandate, including ‘harnessing the nation’s resources for social integration, peace, unity and national develoment’.He said, “I am so happy that we,(NICO), are on course in delivering on our mandate; some people tend to see our cultural differences as an impediment to national development, but through programmes like this and many more, we have disabused their minds.”He lauded the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammed and his (NICO) team of workers, for their support in achieving greater milestone for his agency.
Meanwhile, the General Manager, National Theatre, Lagos, Prof. Sunday Enessi Ododo/Special Guest, at the occasion, called for greater role for the nation’s youths so as to secure their future.He said there was the need for generational shift and that more critical roles in governance, should be given to the youths,while the aged ones should pave way for them to galvanise their budding talents for national development.He commended the participating school children and their teachers, for their patience and excellent deliveries.Some of the schools were, Boils International College, Ipaja; Bedrock College, Surulere and CMS Grammar School, Bariga.Guest at the occasion, which was coordinated by Mr Ohi Ojo, Lagos office Director of NICO, included, Mrs Victoria Agodo, former Executive Secretary, NICO.Interestingly, the students /pupils exhibited commendable individual talents in debate, cultural dance and cooking completions, among other tasks, just as prizes were awarded to deserving schools and students.