Ondo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development has requested for collaboration with NICO South-West Zone in its bid to actualize its numerous programmes for the development of children.
This was stated recently by the Director, Child Development of the Ministry, Mr. O. Ogunleye, when a team of NICO staff, led by the Zonal Head, Mr. Ohi Ojo, paid him a visit.
Ogunleye said he was highly elated to receive the team from NICO, which shares a lot in common with the ministry, and solicited for robust collaboration/partnership with the zonal office of the Institute, aimed at executing programmes for the development of children, as a veritable way of reducing vices such as rape, internet fraud (popularly called, “yahoo, yahoo”), indecent dressing among the youths, watching of pornographic films, drunkenness, smoking, and HIV scourge among others in our society.
He also promised to communicate to the zonal head as soon as the ministry finally decides on the theme of this year Children’s Day celebrations, which would determine the choice of the play to be produced, and also solicited for NICO’s inclusion in the planning committee.
Earlier, the Zonal Head enumerated some of NICO programmes in the South-West Zone, including the annual Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), ‘Omoluabi’ Clubs in secondary schools, organising training for cultural workers, traditional rulers, local government councillors/chairmen, and Children’s Cultural Fiesta.
Ojo also used the occasion to request for the inclusion of a drama, Dance on his Grave, written by NICO’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Ayakoroma, as part of the zone’s collaboration with the ministry during this year Children’s Day celebration.
In the entourage of the Zonal head were the Head, Orientation and Cultural Affairs, Mrs. Ruth Oyenekan; Head, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Ogaga Anakpoha; Mr. Dickson Idonije of the Orientation and Cultural Affairs; and Mr. Eustace Nwokorie of Research and Documentation.