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Eschew hate speech – Nkwocha

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Children have been advised to eschew discrimination of all kind and hate speech.

  The Head of Station, National Gallery of Arts (NGA  and Curator, Enugu. Pat Nkwocha noted that the theme of the visual art work some of the children worked upon in regards to the art competition and exhibition organised by NGA was: “Nigeria Let Celebrate Our Differences; Lets Say No To Hate Speech”.

She stated that the theme was chosen to ensure that the children imbibe the concept very well for unity and progress of the nation stressing that hate speech does not augur well for the nation rather, “draws our nation back”.

The curator pointed out that one of the mandates of NGA was talent hunt for budding artists hence the art competition organised for pupils and students of some selected schools in Enugu.

She, however, commended the staff of NGA, Enugu for their untiring effort to ensure the success of the programme and expressed her gratitude to organisations and people who have been sponsoring children’s day programmes for NGA.

In his speech, the chairman of the occasion and legal luminary, Basil Obiora Aguigwo urged parents and guardians  to nurture their children and wards very well to ensure that they become responsible adults tomorrow, stressing that lack of proper training and upbringing of a child leads the child to an odium or irresponsible life which later affects the society adversely.

Obiora also advocated  the enforcement of the child’s right in the entire south east, noting that parents do not have the right to molest their children or ask them to go and hawk for upkeep of the family when they are supposed  to be in school.

Also contributing, a board member, NGA, Mrs Virginia Okegbe, commended pupils and students of Zion Spring School for the drama they presented, pointing out that it was great reflection of the theme of the children’s day and called on Nigerians to always tolerate, love and believe in each other to make the nation greater.

Highlights were cultural display by King High School, New Haven and bestowing of awards to two personalities – Ben Nwankwo and Chief O.G. Nwakoby for their contributions on upliftment of visual art in Nigeria.

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