Speaking at the closing ceremony, NICO Executive Secretary, Dr Barclays Ayakoroma said the cultural rendezvous was conceived to promote culture of peaceful co-existence, healthy competition, and unity among students from diverse ethnic and religious background.
He said, “In the last two days students drawn from about 17 schools in the FCT participated in some events such as language quiz, essay competition, preparation of indigenous foods, dress parade, crafts exhibition, indigenous music, and dance.”
He said these events would keep the students abreast of our cultural values and inculcate in them the cherished cultural practices of various ethnic groups in the country, thus, promoting patriotism, peaceful co-existence, and national unity.
Earlier in his address, Minister for Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke commended the institute for the cultural exhibition, which according to him, is in line with the ministry`s vision of laying a socio-cultural foundation for Nigerian children who are the leaders of tomorrow.
“We must through concerted efforts and deliberate policy, adequately inform our youths, equip and reposition them to cope with the challenges of globalization. Unless they are inculcated with our cherished cultural values, the nation will be denied the benefits of quality and effective leadership they are expected to provide in future,” Duke said.
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