OGORI FESTIVAL:DG NOA HAILS CULTURE PRESERVATION
The Director General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has hailed the people of Ogori land for the age-long culture of preserving chastity of its women for marriage.
Omeri said this in an address delivered at the 2013 Ovia Osese Ogori day celebration which is a yearly festival of the people of Ogori land in Ogori-Mogongo LGA of Kogi State.
Omeri, who was also at the event conferred with the honorary title of Ogben Weda, meaning “father of the youth of Ogori land”, said he was fascinated to witness this year’s cultural festival, adding that culture would always remain custodian of any nation’s values.
“It is our belief in NOA that culture is generally known to be the custodian of these salient values; transforming Nigeria will ultimately require inculcating the right attitudes in our people.” He said.
He further reminded the gathering that the Agency (NOA) “is mandated to uphold the tenets of our national values and ethics in the same way that festivals like this tend to achieve.”
Speaking at the event, the Kogi State governor, Capt.Idris Wada, who was represented by his deputy, Arch. Yomi Awoniyi affirmed that the honor on Omeri was a well deserved one, saying that DG NOA had “initiated numerous programmes with intent to trace back our roots to enthrone acceptable values and norms of our national character.”
Earlier, the Secretary to the government of Kogi State, Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede said that Omeri “is now one of our own,” stressing that the honor of Ogben Weda had confirmed Omeri as the son of the soil. Prof. Jegede was a former Vice-Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
Others present at the event were the Ohinoyi of Ebira-land Alhaji (Dr) Ado Ibrahim, representative of the Hon. Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Obong George Ekang, Hajia(Mrs) Abdulrahman Mohammed of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, and the Former Majority Leader of the House of Reps, Hon. Mohammed Wakil.