FG launches blueprint for National Values Charter

Mohammed Idris, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and National Orientation, on Tuesday announced the framework for a new National Values Charter (NVC).

Addressing a world press conference at the Radio House in Abuja, Idris hailed the development as a watershed moment in the country’s history.

The NVC seeks to create a national culture that represents their shared destiny and to identify and record the fundamental principles that will govern all Nigerians, irrespective of their racial, religious, social, or economic backgrounds.

Idris stated that the NVC arose from the awareness that Nigeria, established by the colonial British administration in 1914, has struggled with issues of identity and cohesion among its various peoples.

“This event marks another milestone in our evolution as a nation, bringing our various sub-national values together to create a national culture that speaks to our common destiny.

“We are determined to define and document the core values that will guide all of us as Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, religion, social and economic status and all other real or imagined barriers and differences,” Idris said.

According to the minister, the NVC recognizes the ever-changing nature of the human experience and the influence of technology and globalization on cultures and mindsets.

Speaking further, Idris said the NVC strives to safeguard the most significant human values that are timeless and unwavering.

“The National Values Charter also takes into full account the fact that we are a youth-centric and technology-driven world. On account of these, we are determined to ensure that the young people of Nigeria own this social contract, and are allowed to take the lead in using it to build, in concert with older generations, a better country, and a better world,” he said.

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