The Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism in Benue State, Mrs. Ngunan Addingi, has asked parents to lead the campaign on indigenous cultural revival in the country.
Addingi made the appeal at the ongoing 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, Tahav Agerzua, the commissioner stressed the need for parents to find time to encourage family get together, traditional story-telling, cultural dances and traditional entertainment at home.
“Our children must be taught to speak, read and write in their mother-tongue” she said.
The commissioner also emphasised that individuals, organizations, and governments at all levels must be committed towards the promotion of indigenous arts, culture and tourism.
Also, the Director of the Benue State Council for Arts and Culture, 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.
Nomsule said 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.
Meanwhile, the 3-day event themed, “Our Royalty, Our Pride” is an annual ceremony organised by the Benue State Council for Arts and Culture under the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.