By Simeon Bankole
The NYSC Ondo State Coordinator, Mrs. Victoria Nnenna Ani has admonished the youths to reduce their concentration and dependence on foreign cultures which is always at the detriment or expense of the indigenous cultures.
The State Coordinator offered this admonition when she declared open the Cultural Carnival for the 2023 Batch ‘B’ (Stream II) orientation course.
Speaking at the Parade Ground of the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp in Ikare-Akoko, Mrs. Ani stated that the event being witnessed is designed to showcase the rich cultures of different ethnicities in the country and their diversity.
“I want to admonish you to promote our indigenous cultures wherever you find yourself on the surface of the earth. I am not disputing the fact that every race sees her culture as being superior to others but I want to let you know that every culture is unique with special features which distinguishes it from one another”.
The NYSC Ondo State boss said that the corps members have an important role to play in ensuring that the country’s culture does not go into extinction.
“Let us value what we have rather than giving more attention to the cultures and ways of life that modernisation and civilisation have brought to us. I want to let you know that your education and exposure stands you in good stead to encourage the younger ones who see you as role models and influencers in returning to the old glorious days of identifying with our root”.
She charged them not to see the programme from the perspective of entertainment but rather see it as a call to give more attention to the promotion of the country’s cultural values ‘so we can bequeath to the generations coming after us’.
The State Coordinator who is culturally savvy called on the Government at all levels, stakeholders, opinion moulders as well as community leaders to come together and fashion out ways through which indigenous cultures, values and entities will be given a boost.
“There should be a template to implement all the recommendations of this body for the overall benefit of Nigerians” she advised.
The State Coordinator acknowledged the immense contributions of camp officials for their resilience and team spirit, saying that the synergy between camp officials is perfectly working well.
The representative of Airtel, the sponsor of the event, Mr. Jamiu Ganiyu lauded the initiative of the NYSC management in collaborating with the giant player in the telecommunications industry.
Ganiyu, who is the Area Sales Manager for Ondo State promised on behalf of the organisation that they will continue to sustain the existing relationships between the two corporate entities and also break more grounds which he said would be beneficial to the parties.
Announcing the result of the Cultural competition, the Chief Judge of the event who is also the Head, Man ‘O’ War, Mrs. Oluwakemi Ndola declared the number 10 platoon that showcased Igbo culture as the overall winner while the second position was awarded to the number 3 platoon with Itsekiri culture. The third position was clinched by the number 9 platoon who entertained the camp community with Hausa culture.