United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Project Consultant on Information and Research, Mrs. Joelle C. Nwabueze, has described the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), headed by Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, as the best cultural revitalization agency in the country. 

Mrs. Nwabueze, who stated this when she paid a visit to NICO Enugu on a field research, for on-the-spot assessment in Nigeria, showered praises on NICO Enugu State Office, when she was received by the Head, Enugu State Office, Mr. Nnaemeka Nwajagu.

She said that UNESCO was randomly investigating the level of implementation of Convention Agreements, particularly on the 2003 Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, saying that she was impressed with NICO for championing the course on the teaching of Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP).

In his address, the Head, NICO Enugu State Office, Mr. Nnaemeka Nwajagu, told the visitor that NICO Enugu was well positioned to carry out its mandate to the fullest, and thanked the August visitor, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, promising that the Institute, as a brain child of UNESCO, was committed to ensuring that the Convention Agreements were kept.

Nwajagu also assured her of the resolve to partner UNESCO on any programme in the State to safeguard our rich cultures, and intimated her on some of the achievements recorded by the State Office during the short period of time, requesting that UNESCO should involve NICO more in their community development programmes.

Kingsley Ngoka
Corporate Affairs Unit