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Center to sponsor bill to incorporate moral values in educational curriculum


Katsina –  The Centre for Black and African Arts and Culture (CBAAC), says it will sponsor a bill at the National Assembly to incorporate Nigeria’s moral and cultural values in the country’s educational curriculum.
The Director-General of the centre, Dr Ferdinand Anikwe said this when he paid a courtesy visit to Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk in his palace in Daura, Katsina State.
Anikwe said that Nigeria had rich cultural heritage with sound moral values that had been transmitted from generation to generation.
He expressed fears that those cultural norms and values would be lost in time if they were not incorporated in the country’s educational curriculum.
“The center will sponsor a bill to the national assembly which will seek to capture the indigenous cultural values and norms of different parts of the country into the academic curriculum of primary and secondary schools.
“The experiences we got across the country from the Obi of Onitsha, the Obong of Calabar, the Gwonbong Jos, the Etsu of Nupe, and the Emir of Zazzau; we are still going to see the Sultan of Sokoto, the Emir of Katsina, the Emir of Gwandu, and the Shehu of Borno, and some others like the Attah of Igala.
“By the time we will have compiled all these, we will come out with our publication, and we will build these moral etiquettes in our curriculum.
“So that from primary school, these children will learn their culture, respect for elders, and know our traditional norms and values,” he said.
The DG said that it would assist in transmitting those norms, values, arts, and culture to the younger generation, thereby making them to appreciate their history and cultural heritage.
He observed that the emirate institution along with other traditional systems had helped to sustain Nigeria’s culture and tradition over the years.
Anikwe urged Nigerians to continue to respect and honour the traditional institutions in the country.
Responding, the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk commended the DG for the visit, saying that ‘’Daura is the root of Hausa civilisation’’.
Farouk traced the history of Daura Kingdom to about 1,300 years, when Bayajidda settled in Daura town and gave birth to seven children that ruled over the seven major Hausa towns in pre-colonial period.
He said that Daura people were known for truthfulness, honesty and integrity, which was personified in President Muhammadu Buhari, “who is a true son of the emirate’’. (NAN)

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