By Emeka Akomas, Umuahia
The Senior Special Assistant to the Abia State Governor on Tourism and Entertainment, Queen Onyekachi Atulomah has called on stakeholders in the tourism value chain to join hands with Abia State Government in promoting the Tourism Sector.
Queen Atulomah who made the call while speaking as a resource person in a one day Cultural Round Table on Social Values organized by the National Council for Arts and Culture in Abuja disclosed that her office is committed to promoting Abia State tourism sector as well as repositioning culture as a tool for national unity, peace and social integration and as machinery for stimulating rapid socio-economic growth and development.
The former Beauty Pageant Queen frowned at the spate of rape cases and women molestation reported across the country and noted that rape like other forms of violence against women is an infringement on victims rights, privacy, self-preservation and dignity stressing the need for all hands to be on deck in other to restore our cultural virtues which according to her are rapidly giving way to various social vices.
She further used the opportunity to commend the Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Ikpeazu for his unrelentless efforts at repositioning the tourism sector in the state as well as called on foreign and local investors to tap into the numerous tourism potentials of the state describing Abia state as one blessed with numerous beautiful tourist sites.
In his address, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe said the aim of the cultural round table was to fashion out ways of addressing the progressive deterioration of our cultural values and the urgent need to mount a comprehensive and Sustainable value reorientation program to return Nigerian society on the path of moral rebirth.
Similarly, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Women Affairs and Administration, Office of the First Lady, Dr Hajo Sani identified the process of imitating foreign cultures especially in areas of their dress styles, accents among others by Nigerian youths are early signs of deviation from our moral values and customs.
The event which attracted stakeholders and investors in the tourism sector featured the book presentation titled, “RAISING VOICES AGAINST THE CULTURE OF RAPE IN THE NIGERIA