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Shun activities that‘ll disunite us, corps members urged

The Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr Ayodele Olawande, has urged corps members to shun any act that will not promote the cultural heritage…

The Minister of State for Youth Development, Mr Ayodele Olawande, has urged corps members to shun any act that will not promote the cultural heritage of the nation as well as national unity.

In a statement signed by the Head of  Press and Public Relations of the ministry, Maryam Umar Yusuf, he gave this charge on the occasion of the 2023 Batch C Stream ll orientation course carnival held at the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp, Abuja.

For him, the country stands to gain a lot from the cultural diversity of the people if properly harnessed.

Olawande noted that the government was underway to improve the condition of the NYSC camps to provide a better environment for the corps members.

On her part, NYSC FCT Coordinator, Mrs Winifred Ngozi Shokpeka, said the cultural carnival was a potent tool in bringing Nigerian youths from different cultural backgrounds together towards achieving nation-building and national unity.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has advised that the culture and tourism ministry should not be separated because they should work hand-in-hand.

Speaking yesterday in Abuja during a briefing at the end of the First National Stakeholders Review Conference on the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), Runsewe said when there is a culture projected, it is the tourism sector that promotes and showcases it.

“Tourism sells culture. If you are a child of culture and you cannot promote, how do you build culture, and the person to promote decides not to promote?” he asked.

Runsewe said their separation might create friction in promoting the culture and arts of the nation.

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