By Brenda Agba
Youths in Benue state have been charged to imbibe cultural values that will go a long way in ensuring a better society.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, gave the charge recently while speaking at the grand finale of the 2020 Cultural Week organised by the Community of Tiv Students (CTS), Benue State University (BSU) Chapter.
Represented by his Principal Special Assistant on Culture and Tourism, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, who also doubled as the Guest Speaker of the occasion, Ortom said it is only when young people understand their cultural backgrounds that they will be able to interact as well as relate with people from other cultural backgrounds for a better society.
Speaking in his capacity as Guest Speaker, Mr Agerzua condemned the current trend where parents have stopped teaching children their mother tongue, saying if care is not taken, the Tiv language will go extinct.
He said Tiv people have a rich culture which, if properly harnessed, can attract development to the state and Nigeria at large, and commended CTS for organizing the cultural week.
Mr Agerzua also called on academics of Tiv origin to produce literary materials in Tiv towards promoting the teaching and learning of Tiv language.
Earlier in his address of welcome, the President, CTS, BSU Chapter, Comrade Stephen Akarnan, said the leadership of the community deemed it necessary to hold the cultural week which had not been held in the last three years, to promote Tiv culture as well as foster unity among students.
Akarnan who enumerated CTS’s areas of need to include funding, befitting office accommodation as well as a vehicle for mobility, assured that subsequent editions of the event will definitely be an improvement on this year’s edition.
Also speaking, Comrade Smith Tyonor, the immediate past NUBESS President, BSU Chapter, decried the high level of students’ involvement in cult related activities which has led to untimely deaths and called for a change.
Major highlights of the event which was held at the Twin Lecture Theatre, BSU Second Campus, were the official presentation of the “Kumashe”, Jessica Seember Adebe, 300 Level, Department of Business Management together with the “Tor Kwaor”, Benjamin Terhide Tyoumbur, 200 Level, Department of Public Administration.
Meritorious awards were also presented to deserving individuals among who were Dr. Terfa Anjov, a lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, BSU; Hon. Terver Geri, Vice Chairman, Ushongo Local Government Council as well as Comrade Smith Tyonor, immediate past NUBESS President, BSU Chapter among others.