Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, the member representing Oredo Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, has described culture as a way of life, adding, “If we don’t imbibe culture in our students and our children from birth we are going to have fundamental issues.”
He was speaking on the occassion of the opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the Cultural Orientation and Sensitisation Programme for Junior Secondary Schools in Oredo Federal Constituency, Edo State which he organises yearly in conjunction with the National Institute for Cultural Orientation(NICO).
Going forward, he said: “The Bible says in Proverbs 22: Train a child the way he/she should go and when he/she grows they’ll never depart from it.
“That’s what we are trying to achieve over the years. We have been able to discover talents. You’ll not believe how amazing and how much talent we have in our children in Oredo.
“Today, there is hardly any student in public schools in Oredo Federal Constituency that cannot recite the national anthem and the pledge in Benin language. This we have done over the last five years.”
In his statement, Ado Mohammed Yahuza, the Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation, said: “Culture is the major make up of the content and character of man, irrespective of the level of education we might have attained.
“It is an effective apparatus for human existence and achievements. It has been a vital force for accelerating human development especially when its untapped potentials are well harnessed.”