The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has added another feather to his cap of achievements in the area of cultural re-orientation of our future generation.

Once again, the doyen of cultural administration in Nigeria was honoured among other academicians for his services to our father land on the 9th of November, 2013, this time, by the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), South-East Zone at the Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, Enugu State.

Speaking at the event, the Executive Secretary, Enugu State Council for Arts and Culture, Mr. Eddy Okolo, described Dr. Ayakoroma as a renowned statesman and cultural administrator in Nigeria, who has brought a lot of innovations to the sector through his publications and the establishment of NICO Cultural Clubs in Schools, aimed at reviving our ailing cultural values and norms.

Okolo believed that NICO has taken the right direction in sensitizing and re-orientating the citizenry on the dangers of the deepening moral decadence to the appropriate point through its ‘catch them young’ idea, encouraging the speaking of the mother tongue and wearing of Nigerian dresses.

Also speaking, the National President, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Dr. P.C. Okoh, noted that the choice of Ayakoroma was predicated on his being in the forefront of educational research and cultural development in Nigeria, challenging leaders to be exemplary in whatever offices they found themselves.

Responding on the well-deserved honour, Mr. Christian Ordu of NICO Enugu State Office, who received the award on behalf of the ES, thanked NAPPS for finding Ayakoroma worthy, describing it as recognition for hard work.

Kingsley Ngoka
Enugu State Office