This year’s edition of the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), kicked off on Thursday, August 1, 2013, at the South-West Zonal Office in Akure, Ondo State.
The one month-long programme, which will feature Hausa, Igbo, Izon and Yoruba, as languages of study, saw participants converging as early as 10am into their designated classrooms with excitement.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Teaching Service Commission, Mr. Olajire Ale, has assured that arrangements are in place for participants from the Commission, who have signified interest in the programme, and that the approval of the Executive Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, was being awaited.
According to him, the programme was a veritable capacity-building platform, which needed the approval of the state chief executive.
It will be recalled that the month-long programme is one the Institute’s popular activities geared towards making citizens and others to take interest in learning and speaking Nigerian languages, especially other than his or her own.
The NILP is expected to wind up on Friday, August 30, 2013.
Corporate Affairs, SWZ