The General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority, Ilorin, Kwara State, Mr. Mikail Olabanji Sarumoh, has said that he had high regard for the vision in creating the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), as its array of activities is centred on the protection of the people’s culture.
The GM, who said civilization had denied us the values of our culture whereby people imbibe foreign cultures that are detrimental to the nation’s peaceful co-existence, was of the opinion that Nigerian indigenous cultures could be packaged to attract the patronage of outsiders, just as the likes of interesting football matches.
Mr. Sarumoh also observed that an indigenous language is a factor that brings people together, thereby, understanding one another’s language of communication and having the knowledge of each other’s culture, and promised to propagate the programme of activities of the Institute to enable the entire communities in the zone and beyond to have knowledge of what the Institute stands for and its benefits to Nigeria and Nigerians.
According to him, this contribution had become necessary in order to compliment the efforts of the management of the Institute, under Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma.
Earlier in his brief, the NICO Zonal Coordinator, North-Central Zone, Mr. Ibrahim Lawal, enumerated the major programmes and activities of the Institute, especially the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), billed to commence in the Zone on Monday, 5th August, to Thursday, 5th September, 2013, as a factor in achieving the peaceful co-existence Nigerians desired for the sustainable development of the economy.
Naseer Saeed Atiegba