By Sandra Mom
Benue State Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi has called on parents to lead the campaign for indigenous cultural revival in the country.
She made the appeal at the opening ceremony of the 10th Edition of the Benue State All Secondary schools Festival of Arts and Culture, 2019.
Represented by the Principal Special Assistant to the Governor, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, she said parents must find time to encourage family get togethers, traditional story telling, cultural dances and traditional entertainment at home.
“Our children must be taught to speak, read and write in their mother-tongue” Mrs Addingi stressed.
She maintained that individuals, organizations, and governments at all levels must be committed towards the promotion of indigenous arts, culture and tourism.
Director of the Benue State Council for Arts and Culture, Mr. Terna Nomsule, said the event provided an opportunity for students to compete with their peers in healthy competitions which include drama, cultural dances, cuisines, arts and crafts, essay writing, beauty pageant, as well as tourism related events.
He stated that apart from keeping participants away from social vices, the event also exposed them to various vocations that could offer them employment and means of livelihood in the future.
The theme of the 3-day event is “Our Royalty, Our Pride”.
It is an annual event organised by the Benue State Council for Arts and Culture under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
The event will end on Friday 11th October, 2019.