The Coordinator, NICO Gombe State Office, Yahaya Mohammed Sanda, in continuation of his effort to create awareness about the existence of NICO in Gombe State and in furtherance of his commitment to publicize the programmes and activities of the Institute in the State, on Thursday, 16th May, 2013, paid a visit to the General Manager, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Gombe, Alhaji Aliyu Baba Barau.
The visit afforded the State Coordinator the opportunity to formally inform the Management of NTA Gombe that NICO Gombe State Office is fully operational and to also brief them about the programmes of Institute.
He stressed that NICO’s programmes are vital to the attainment of lasting socio-economic development in Nigeria, citing the National Media Workshop for Art writers and Editors organized by the Institute, all geared towards creating a synergy between Media and NICO, in the effort of harnessing culture for peace, social integration, unity and national development.
Sanda informed that the much-talked about NICO National Conference on “Culture, Peace and National Security” for Traditional rulers and Local Government Chairmen will be replicated in Gombe State, and that the Nigerian Indigenous Languages Programme (NILP), which is aimed at rekindling the interest of Nigerians in speaking their mother tongues, was to preserve them from going extinct.
In his response, the General Manager, NTA Gombe, Alhaji Aliyu Baba Barau, commended NICO Gombe State Office Coordinator, Yahaya Mohammed Sanda, for realizing the indispensability of the media in reaching out to the larger audience and that NICO’s reorientation programmes are most needed now that virtually all the States are facing distinct social problems ranging from thuggery, hooliganism, militancy, indolence, intolerance, to exam malpractices among others, as our cultural values that hitherto placed premium on hard work, respect for elders and constituted authority, good neighborliness and selflessness had been discarded.
Alhaji Barau, therefore, called on NICO Gombe State Office to come up with programmes that will ameliorate these social problems for the betterment of Nigeria and that on his part, he will ensure that such programmes are accorded full media coverage by NTA Gombe station.
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