The newly appointed Secretary to State Government (SSG), Niger State, Rt. Hon. Saidu Ndako Kpaki, has said that the first place of culture is one’s village, and that that informed his insistence on the civic reception organized for him on 11th May, 2013 by his Committee of Friends taking place in Kpaki, Mokwa Local Government Area of Niger State.
Rt. Hon. Kpaki, who stated this when the Head, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) State Office, Mrs. Olufunke Ndukwe, paid him a courtesy visit, applauded NICO Minna for gracing the occasion and the courtesy visit, saying it was a welcome development, as he is a “fan” of NICO.
He described as commendable the Dress Nigeria initiative of NICO and charged the Institute to factor further into the security situation in the country for Nigerians to be their brothers’ keepers, adding that the task of achieving the programme of activities of the Institute, as outlined by the State Head, was enormous.
The SSG decried the declining state of our cultural values and challenged NICO to do everything possible to revitalize our culture in order to restore decency and sanity to the society, noting that most of the problems in the society were associated with the decadence in our cultural values, just as the developmental strides in the advanced countries are hinged mostly on the appreciation of their cultural values.
He, however, promised to go all out to ensure that the requests of NICO Minna were granted and that he will not hesitate to present the issues to the Chief Servant of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.
In her speech, the Head, NICO Minna Office, Mrs. Olufunke Ndukwe, behalf of the Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, Management and entire staff of NICO, congratulated the SSG on his recent appointment, which she described as a result of his hard work and previous achievement as an Honourable Commissioner and Member of the State House of Assembly.