FG to reintroduce civic, hygiene education in schools

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Development

Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism Development

Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the Federal Government may reintroduce civic and hygiene education in primary and secondary schools for value re-orientation.

The minister disclosed this on Friday in Abuja when he appeared in a Forum of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Mohammed said civic and hygiene training, as it was enforced in schools in the past, had helped to build good citizens with respect for values.

“If we do not check their values and views at this formative stage it becomes a bit more difficult.

“At the primary school level when we were much younger, there were basic things that were compulsory hygiene I remember was one of them.

“I remember in those days when we went to school, the first thing while on the line was for our teachers to inspect us.

“If just one button is missing from your uniform, you will go back home.

“They will look at your nails there must be no dirt underneath.

“All those things are what made us to be what we are today.”

He said the re-introduction of the training might form part of the “Change Begins with Me” campaign being driven by his ministry.

The minister said that the campaign to be launched on Sept. 8 in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari will be vibrant in schools.

The minister also recalled that in schools in the past, the system made it compulsory for students to plant flowers, engage in compulsory gardening and poultry keeping.

“We were taught in schools via songs that students must place emphasis on agriculture.

“I remember as a pupil, we started our day every morning with a song in Yoruba which says, “even if you have a university degree and you are not into farming, you are not a complete person.

“These are the kind of orientation that we need to re-introduce into our schools to change our values and orientation,” he said.

The minister reiterated that the reintroduction of the training would help correct some of the ills in the society.