By Ekene Okafor, Lagos
The National Council of Women Societies and the National Council for Arts and Culture are set to begin far-reaching youth sensitisation initiatives as part of efforts to stem the tide of public display of nudity and immorality among youths in Nigeria.
Both Councils met at the headquarters of NCAC in Abuja with a common resolve to redirect the drift to moral decadence which they agreed was getting out of hand.
Speaking during the meeting attended by several media outfits, the National President of the NCWS, Dr. Laraba Shoda who led members of the executive council, condemned the upsurge in public display of nudity citing the recent video spectacle of near-naked girls dancing in full public glare inside a transparent van in Lagos.
She described another scenario where a young lady walked into a mall completely naked lamenting such indecent behaviours by females particularly, negates the very essence of our culture which promotes the dignity of the African woman.
Dr. Shoda said there was the need to create television programs with good cultural content unlike what obtains now just as she extolled NCAC for taking the lead in the campaign against the debasement of the African culture which according to her promotes high moral values amongst young women.
For his part, the NCAC Director-General, Otunba Segun Runsewe said the partnership of interest between the Women Societies and the NCAC will “signal a new dawn in the crusade against cultural degeneration and foreign erosion of our culture.”
Runsewe was optimistic that with the NCWS speaking up and with the new collaboration with the NCAC, the time has come to nip the menace in the bud in order to avert another future occurrence.
He informed Nigerians that his council was working on legislation with the National Assembly to curb the negative trend of public nudity while also packaging a culture friendly television program to excite the youths with the hope of reestablishing the nation’s esteemed cultural values.
The DG decorated the women with NCAC pins and conferred on them the status of cultural ambassadors of Nigeria.