Preparing Children For The Future Is A Collective Responsibility – Lai Mohammed

Preparing Children For The Future Is A Collective Responsibility – Lai Mohammed
BY ISAAC OLAMIKAN
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has emphasised that preparing children for the future is the collective responsibility of all stakeholders not just institutions like National Institute of Cultural Orientation(NICO).
He was speaking on the occasion of a two day Cultural Orientation and Sensitisation Programme For Senior Secondary Schools in Edo State organised by NICO in Benin City.
According to the minister, who was represented by the General Manager of the Radio Nigeria Benin station, Abimbola Oyetunde, “the family,the school, religious bodies, non-governmental organisations have critical roles to play in equipping the Nigerian child, culturally, morally,intellectually and spiritually for the future to make our collective dream a reality.
“Cultured children are better placed to drive the much desired development than the culturally disorientated and ill-equipped ones.”
Alhaji Mohammed affirmed that “the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari will achieve its desired objectives if adults identified with the programme and lead by examples and our children are inspired to do the same because they represent a vital force for its sustenance and continuity.”
He promised: “In this regard and in appreciation of the intrinsic value of culture and the strategic importance of cultural orientation especially for children, my office will solicit for increased funding for NICO to take this programme to the six geopolitical zones of the country.”
In his speech, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara said “we cannot afford anymore not to be on the same page with the rest of the world in terms of the recognition and appreciation of the intrinsic relationship between culture and development.
“Culture is not only the vector for national development, it’s indeed one of the pillars of sustainable development.
“Development models especially in developing countries are known to have failed because culture was relegated to the background.
“On the other hand, several countries are known to have experience rapid development because priority attention was given to culture.
“In this regard, the leadership of the National Assembly, especially the office of the speaker of the house of representatives will continue to give legislative and budgetary support to institutions and programmes geared towards making culture the cornerstone of our national development aspirations.”