A Yoruba teacher at Ijapo High School, Akure, Ondo State, Mrs. L. N. Oluwatope, has called on National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) to fully involve the Parents/Teachers Association (PTA) in the activities of the club, arguing that to achieve the cultural rebirth in Nigeria, NICO needed the support of parents, teachers and other notable organizations.
Mrs. Oluwatope made this comment during the official inauguration of NICO Cultural Club at Ijapo High School, on May 4, 2013.
Expressing her gratitude to NICO, for its effort in reviving our dying culture, the teacher used the opportunity to call on the Institute to involve the Parents/Teachers Associations, which, according to her, play major role in the upbringing of the children, just like other stakeholders in the educational sector.
Earlier in his speech, the Zonal Head, Mr. Ohi Ojo, who was represented by the Head of Admin & Human Resources, Mrs. Adesuwa Eze, expressed concern on the decline of the culture of greetings and respect to elders and constituted authority, saying that some parents no longer scold their wards for failing to respect or acknowledge the presence of elders in greetings, adding that our cultural values have been neglected and it is the duty of everyone to ensure revitalization of our cherished cultures that are on the verge of extinction.
In her remark, the principal, Mrs. Olanike Olagunju, thanked the team for selecting her school, as one of the centres for the ‘Omoluabi’ Club, and commended NICO for such laudable project and pledged her support for the sustenance of the club.
The NICO team included, Head, Orientation & Cultural Affairs, Mrs. Ogechukwu Nwokorie, Head, Research and Documentation, Mr. Eustace Nwokorie, Mrs. Flora Sodje, Mr. Louis Ikhumetse and Mr. Kenneth Ayunku of Orientation and Cultural Affairs, Miss Oyinyechi Chukwu of Research and Documentation, and Mr. Stephen Ayomoba.