altThe Commandant, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Enugu State Command, Chief Nathaniel Ubong, has described the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), with Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma at the helm of affairs, as a national agency with people-oriented and people-inspired policies and programmes.

Mr. Ubong, who stated this when he received the Head, NICO Enugu State Office, Mr. Nnaemeka Nwajagu, in a courtesy visit in his office, noted that NSCDC had found a good partner that will compliment the Corps’ assignment, to work on the minds of people in order to maintain a social order.

The State Commandant said: “we are cultural people and every organization has a culture; we only use arms to control the stubborn people.”

In his brief, the NICO Enugu State Head, Mr. Nnaemeka Nwajagu, described the proposed partnership between both agencies as having a similar target to shape, maintain and control social life of our people.

He attributed the rate of moral decadence in the society to the degradation of moral values in the society, maintaining that sustainable development cannot be achieved on a borrowed culture, citing the example of China that teaches or imparts technology through their culture.

Also speaking, Mr. Okezie Austine of the Research and Documentation Department, enumerated the Institute’s policies and programmes, including the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), which, he said, will be of great benefit to operatives of the Corps, due to their possible transfers from one part of the country to another.

Furthermore, Mr. Kingsley Ngoka of the Corporate Affairs Unit, described culture as the complete whole of man that creates peaceful co-existence in every society.

He averred that it is only when these cultural norms and values are bastardized that the society becomes a jungle and the need for law and order, adding that a joint effort of NICO and NSCDC will work on the mindset of people to correct those anomalies.

In his vote of thanks, the Public Relations Officer of NSCDC, Enugu State Command, Deputy Superintendent Denny Manuel Iwuchukwu, expressed appreciation on the proposed partnership and collaboration and assured the readiness of the Command to carry NICO along in their future programmes, especially in their newly approved Community Civil Defence Office attached to the traditional rulers for the maintenance of order at the community level.

Kingsley Ngoka
Corporate Affairs Unit