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Culture Commissioner urges revival of Igbo moral values



ANAMBRA State Commissioner for Culture, Entertainment, and Tourism, Don Onyenji has urged the members of the ‘Otu Suwakwa Igbo’ to maintain Igbo culture, language and to revive the Igbo moral values.

  Mr Onyenji noted that people were known and identified by their language and culture, therefore, the unique moral values, culture, traditions and norms the Igbo people were known with should be reignited.

  The commissioner said this when the group paid him a courtesy visit in his office at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka.

  He said: “Sensitisation on the importance of speaking the Igbo language and as well, practice it is also one of the agenda of the ministry. 

  “Aside from speaking the Igbo language, we should also focus on practicing, sustaining, and maintaining the uniqueness of the language.”

  The commissioner encouraged them to continue with the good work of ensuring that the Igbo language do not go into extinction, noting that government would also play its part in boosting, promoting and projecting the language. 

  Chairman of the group, Dr.   Arinze Agbalusi noted that the visit was to familiarise and felicitate with the commissioner on his new appointment.

  “We are glad that Mr. Governor, Prof Charles Soludo chose you as one of his commissioners.’’ 

  Dr. Agbalusi hinted that the group needed government support financially so as to carry out their campaign on the importance of speaking the Igbo language and teaching the new generation how to speak it.

  “We have a lot of programmes mapped out to promote the speaking of Igbo language which will cut across schools, social gatherings and town hall meetings but we need finance to execute them.’’

  He advised parents to teach and speak the Igbo language to their children from infancy to enable them to speak the language fluently. 

  “Language experts have found out that children from the age of one to five can learn and speak five languages distinctively.

  “The experts have also advised that children should be taught their native language from infancy to 5 years before teaching them the English language,’’ he said.

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