The governor made the call on Thursday while speaking at the 7th edition of “Nigeria People and Cultural Day Carnival” of Novena University, Ogume, Delta State.
The governor who spoke through the Commissioner for Housing, Chief Festus Ochonogor, said that parents should be proud to teach their children their culture while communities should protect their traditional institution.
He commended Novena University for encouraging unity in diversity, noting that promoting rich Africa cultural heritage without losing sight of education has distinguished the university in all round development of students.
“I am happy with the rich display of culture of different ethnic groups in Nigeria. As an institution, you have to work hard to sustain this programme.
“You are encouraging the younger ones to as much as possible, understand their culture. Parents should also, ensure that they make their children imbibe their culture.
“Obviously, the role of parents, communities, and traditional rulers cannot be over emphasized in promoting our culture.
“As a university, reach out because you are assisting government to sustain our culture. We have been entertained, we have learnt a lot from your activities today.”
“While we are encouraging cultural heritage, do not lose sight of education because we need to be educationally sound to meet with the challenges ahead; I urge you to carry on with your good works,” Okowa said.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Godwin Nduka, observed that Novena University was a ‘replica of the nation where “the whole country is fully represented here”.
The carnival featured dances, showcasing of cuisine, dresses, among others.