Many schools in Ibadan metropolis did not comply with the directive by the Oyo State Government that schools and civil servants should wear native attires.
Radio Nigeria‘s correspondent who monitored the level of compliance, observed that students in most public schools in some of the areas visited appeared in their respective uniforms while few private schools complied.
A teacher, who declined formal interview explained that the government directive came when the students had been dismissed, noting that it was difficult to communicate the new development to them.
Similarly, the directive seems to have had unique effect at the State Secretariat, Ibadan.
Radio Nigeria‘s correspondent who monitored the situation reports that though, some workers wore traditional wears, majority of them were still seen in their usual official attires.
It was, however, gathered that some of the workers claimed they were either not aware of the directive or they heard about it late.
The state government had in a release signed by the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr. Toye Arulogun, directed residents, especially students in private and public schools and workers to turn out in traditional attire in commemoration of the 2019 World Culture Day.
World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development holds annually on 21 May, to celebrate not only the richness of the world’s cultures, but also the essential role of intercultural dialogue for achieving peace and sustainable development.
The United Nations General Assembly first declared this World Day in 2002, following UNESCO’s adoption of the 2001 Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity, recognizing the need to “enhance the potential of culture as a means of achieving prosperity, sustainable development and global peaceful coexistence.”