The Minister of Data, Tradition and Tourism, Lai Mohammed has mentioned the federal authorities is working arduous to popularize indigenous Nigerian tradition to the globe.
The minister was on the Ito Ogbo ceremony in Obosi, Idemili North Native Authorities Space of Anambra State, a triennial occasion meant to have a good time octogenarians in the neighborhood.
The minister who was represented by the Everlasting Secretary, Ministry of Data, Tradition and Tourism, Dr Ifeoma Anyanwutaku mentioned photos and interviews of the occasion might be taken to Abuja, whereas efforts might be made to make sure that the occasion is made a nationwide occasion.
“We’re right here at this time to witness the competition ourselves due to the significance we connect to the celebration. Our go to is a step in direction of pushing it additional. We’re not solely pushing it to a nationwide celebration however a world one.
“It’ll change into a competition that each the native and foreigners might be listening to about it. We’re going to be absolutely right here tomorrow (Saturday) the place we’ll conduct interviews with varied stakeholders which we’ll doc for future references.”
Earlier, the normal ruler of the city, Igwe Chidubem Iweka, had known as for the competition to be made a nationwide celebration.
He mentioned such strikes would go an extended approach to set up the significance of longevity in addition to addressing the myriad of challenges being confronted by the aged who in line with him have been usually abused and uncared for.
He mentioned, “We’re elated to have the federal authorities presence on this 12 months’s celebration. That is the very first time we’re having a federal consultant to look at the occasion.
“We wish this celebration to unfold, not solely on this city however in Nigeria and the world over as a result of we’re not egocentric. We recognise what our ancestors did for us by instituting this competition.
“We’ll need this festivity of Ite Ogbo to change into a nationwide celebration and to be emulated and replicated. It’ll go an extended approach to set up the significance of previous age and make our youths admire the aged and never abuse and neglect them.”