altKwara State Government has commended the efforts of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), for its strategies in cultural re-orientation of the citizenry, and that the State Government sincerely appreciates the readiness of the Institute is to address the causes militating against the peaceful co-existence of our time and the threats to our cultural values.

The Honourable Commissioner, Kwara State Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development, Hon. Isa Bawa, made the commendation, on Tuesday, 22nd January, 2013, when a team of NICO staff paid him a courtesy visit in his office, in Ilorin.

Hon. Bawa, who was introduced to NICO North-Central programmes for year 2013, was optimistic that the replication of the 2-day national workshop on “Culture, Peace and National Security: The Role of Traditional Rulers and Local Government Chairmen,” in the state would go a long way in re-awakening stakeholders to their raltesponsibility as primary peace-agents.

Earlier, the Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Ibrahim Lawal, who briefed the Honourable Commissioner on the programmes and activities of the Institute, noted that the success of the programmes at the national level, defined the foresight of the Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, adding that the significance of replicating such programmes at the zonal level cannot be overemphasized.

The courtesy visit was in response to the Hon. Commissioner’s visit to the office of the Zonal Coordinator on Monday, 21st January, 2013, where issues of possible collaboration, especially in areas of common interest in the culture sector were discussed.

Naseer Saeed Atiegba