The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma has highlighted the importance of NICO Training School to capacity building in the culture sector. He made this remark during a meeting held Thursday March 1, 2012 in the Training school complex, Lagos to formally welcome the new Director, Training School, Prince Dele Olusa and fresh students of the School.

Dr. Ayakoroma emphasized that NICO and indeed all Agencies in the culture sector are in need of cultural development officers who are well trained to deliver quality culture services to Nigeria and that is why NICO Training School exists, he said, to provide the needed innovative cultural training.

He therefore encouraged fresh students to avail themselves of the opportunities offered by the School by studying hard and making necessary sacrifices in order to excel in their studies, irrespective of whatever the challenges that confront them. He stated that it takes sacrifices to get to where you want to go.

According to the ES, the Training School will be in the forefront of a restructuring program soon to be witnessed by NICO. Apart from the regular ND and PGD programmes in Cultural Administration, the School will be organizing few days/weeks workshops tailored for workers in public and private organisations in Nigeria in need of cultural training.

The accommodation and transport difficulties encountered by the School’s students in Lagos will be a thing of past when the School moves to the permanent site in Kuje, Abuja later in the year if things move as planned, he noted. During this meeting and in response to requests by students, the ES immediately approved some palliative measures that would improve students’ comfort in the Training school’s hostels.

Apart from the Executive Secretary, the Special Assistant to the ES, Mr. Nelson Campbell, Deputy Director and Head, NICO Liaison Office, Lagos, Mrs Brigitte Yerima, Deputy Director and Head, Academics, Dr. Dipo Kalejaiye are some NICO key officers gathered with other staff and students of NICO to formally welcome and wish Prince Dele Olusa a fruitful tenure as he assumes duty today in Lagos as the new Director of NICO Training School.

Prince Dele Olusa was until his new appointment the Director of Orientation and Cultural Affairs Department, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO).

PR/Press Unit
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