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In Abuja House of Reps, CSO, postpone summit on national ethics

Mr Tajudeen Toyin-Oke, Secretary-General, CSEDI, and Mr Jekop Dan-Aiih, Clerk, House Committee made this known in a joint statement on Thursday in Abuja.

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The House of Representatives in collaboration with the Civil Society for Ethics and Values Development Initiative (CSEDI) have postponed the state workshops and National Summit on Ethics and Values Reformation till 2018.

Mr Tajudeen Toyin-Oke, Secretary-General, CSEDI, and Mr Jekop Dan-Aiih, Clerk, House Committee made this known in a joint statement on Thursday in Abuja.

They said that the workshops and National Summit, which was earlier scheduled to hold in December has been postponed until members of the House of Representatives return from their Christmas break.

They explained that the event was postponed to ensure wider participation and the presence of all keynote speakers and all dignitaries including the Vice President, who would be the special guest at the National summit.

They said that a new date for the state levels workshop and National Summit would be communicated to the public soonest.

According to them, the workshop and national summit will brainstorm on ways to redress the collapsed national ethics, and chart a roadmap to return Nigeria to her enviable position in the comity of nations.

The summit was being facilitated by the house committees on Information, National Orientation, Ethics and Values in collaboration with the Civil Society Organisation (CSO) for Ethics, Values and Development.

The theme of the summit is “Strategies for building ethical complaint society to stimulate economic growth and better living conditions for Nigerians’’.

Those expected to attend the summit include government officials, private sector executives, academics, traditional and religious leaders, International Development Partners and CSO.

In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Toyin-Oke had explained that the national conference on ethics and values was aimed at institutionalising national ethics in Nigeria.

He said that the CSEDI was partnering with the House of Representatives to ensure the implementation of the outcome of the conference.

According to him, the constitution listed seven items of national ethics as; discipline, integrity, dignity of labour, social justice, religious tolerance, self-reliance and patriotism.

He explained that any of these seven items if adequately practiced by citizens would have been able to solve current problems facing the nation.

“As a nation, we have neglected these seven items; so, what we are trying to do as a CSO is to see how we can bring it back on the front burner.

“This is to see how we can start making Nigerians to voluntarily comply with national ethics and values.

“We are not only going to be looking at the MDAs and the public sector, we will also be looking at the private sector,’’ Toyin-Oke said.

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