By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Monday advocated the promotion and preservation of culture with Godliness, integrity, morality and good value system.
The governor made the call in Ibadan while speaking at the Government House during the cultural activities marking the 2018 World Culture Day and the official launch of the state’s quarterly cultural magazine tagged Dundun produced by the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism to promote and document our culture, values and historical places among others.
He said as a way of ensuring the promotion of our culture, his administration has identified the culture sector as one with which to leave a legacy with tangible projects to ensure the revitalization of the Cultural tourism sector in the state, adding that “the promotion and preservation of our culture and heritage is one of the Legacy pillars of his administration.”
“There should be fear of God in what we do, integrity and morality should be part of our life and this is why we must use our culture to reclaim the Omoluabi ethos. We will ensure that we leave a formidable legacy in the cultural tourism sector of the state” he said.
Giving other legacy pillars of his administration as “Education, Technology, Agriculture and Health,” the governor said his administration will strive hard to ensure the revival of the cultural tourism sector of the Oyo State economy which he said can be easily modeled after the Californian economy given the inherent similarities.
According to Governor Ajimobi, his administration has embarked on the establishment of the Ibadan Media City as a first step in the realization of this noble objective and that the facilities of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State would serve as its launch pad.
Senator Ajimobi pointed out that Yoruba Culture is centred on Godliness, integrity, morality and good value system which are the Omoluabi ethos, but that “,it is unfortunate that we are losing this ethos. People no longer have respect for our culture, fear of God is missing, there is disrespect for people and people no longer value integrity.”
Speaking, Oyo state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun emphasized that culture should be used to propagate peace and unity among the different tribes in the country.
“We should always remember our culture. A wise man once said ‘a people without culture is like a tree without root.’ And therefore, like you all know that culture is the way of life. We must always remember our way of life. If you look at the insecurity that we have, if you look at all the disturbances here and there, they are also related to culture. Our understanding and appreciation of it is crucial, because culture is not just related to the way we do things, there is also religion. We have religions and our culture to shape our life.”he said
Mr Arulogun stressed that ” the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) set May 21 aside for people all over the world to remember their culture, to celebrate their culture and to promote their culture. But more importantly for us here, it is to preserve our culture, because if you notice you will see that our culture is going into extinction.”
“So today is a day of celebration. And that is why you would see that the students have gone to school today in their traditional attires and will be engaged in cultural activities. If you go to offices, you will see that everybody is dressed in traditional outfits. It is a way of remembering where we came from, the way we do our things and one of the ways you can distinguish people is the way of their culture.”
The Commissioner added “we have gathered people from diverse culture at the cultural center and we are having a cultural rendezvous. Everybody is going to be there, the local food, music, dance, arts and craft and everything that is related to culture will be exhibited there today. We will be showcasing the culture of Oyo State,”