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The government of Abia State has lamented the deterioration of Igbo culture and values, while assuring it would support any action aimed at cultural revival and spiritual renaissance.
Okey Kanu who is the Commissioner for Information and Culture, made this known when a delegation of Ezumezu Ndigbo Royal Ordained Heritage (Ezumezu), led by Chika Ibeneme, paid him a courtesy visit yesterday.
He pointed out that the Governor Alex Otti-led administration is concerned about Igbo values and commended Ezumezu for articulating an Igbo renaissance agenda with spiritual and cultural dimensions.
Ibeneme told the commissioner that Ezumezu was in Abia on spiritual and cultural re-orientation tours to all Igbo states, to revitalise and re-establish Igbo culture.
She lamented that many Igbo, especially youths, have deviated from the Igbo spirit and engaged in anti-social activities.
She expressed the need for the Abia government and other states, groups and individuals to collaborate with Ezumezu to make Igbo rediscover their culture.
Ibeneme, who doubles as a former Works Commissioner in Anambra State, called for a new agenda anchored on positioning age groups born between 1970 and 1976 to become arrowhead of Igbo renaissance.
She added that the visit was also to renew essence of the honour conferred on the late Biafra leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, as Ezeigbo Gburugburu, which coronation brought about the planting of Igbo kingdoms at home and in the diaspora.
In a related development, the Government of Enugu State has announced plans to commence the digitilisation of the state’s cultural heritage and tourist sites to become more discoverable, ensuring access to local and international tourism.
Chairman of the state Tourism Board, Dame Rita Mbah, has pointed out that the main objective of the government is to focus on destination marketing to reposition Enugu tourism by creating a positive destination identity for the state.