PEOPLE of Ekiti State have been urged to join hands with Dr Kayode Fayemi-led administration in restoring the core value of honesty, diligence and integrity of the state through cultural intervention.
The state Director-General, Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre, gave this urge in a press statement, issued to commemorate the 2019 World Culture Day.
World Culture Day is celebrated to deepen peoples understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to advance the four goals of the UNESCO Convention on the protection and promotion of the diversity of cultural expressions.
Ojo-Lanre noted that “the degree of social and moral decay in our society as being witnessed today threatens our security and peaceful existence as a people. The value we place on material things has continued to make our society unsafe is so alarming.”
He said further that “we have relegated our culture to the third class of our priority, while cultural development and promotion were not accorded enough attention. That is the bane of our current situation as a nation.
“It is frustrating to realize that the erosion of our culture has swept into our doorsteps unimaginable moral decay, our core values are becoming a thing of history.
“Ekiti people were distinguished by their higher level of bravery loyalty, integrity and hard work, if we reactivate our core value system and celebrate the attributes listed above far above materialism, a lot would be achieved in making our society safer and more habitable.
While advocating for attitudinal change and positive advancement and reactivation of value system, the chief cultural officer of the state said the second coming of Fayemi administration marks a revival of the cultural sector in the state and needed to be supported by all and sundry.