prisonThe Comptroller of Nigerian Prisons Service, Enugu State Command, Dr. Alloy I. Uchenwa, has hailed the efforts of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) at repositioning the country’s eroding cultural values and norms, stressing that the Nigeria nation, more than any other time, needs to embrace culture for societal order and good neighbourliness.

Uchenwa, who stated this when the Enugu State Head of NICO, Mr. Nwajagu Nnaemeka, paid a courtesy call on him in his office, traced the increasing number of inmates in prison facilities in the country to a disconnect from the tap-roots of culture, describing culture as an antidote to all forms of aberrant behaviours.

In his brief, the NICO Enugu State Head, Mr. Nwajagu Nnaemeka, highlighted the mandate of the Institute, calling on prison authorities as character reformers, to continue to contribute their own quota in preserving the nation’s cultural values for posterity.

Also speaking, the Head of Orientation & Cultural Affairs, Mr. Tony Chukwu, reeled out the various programmes of the Institute, particularly the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), NICO Training School, NICO Cultural Clubs in Schools, as well as specialised workshops and seminars on contemporary cultural issues, all aimed at placing the people on the path of cultural prison2consciousness for a better society.

The visit, which later turned into a discussion session, had contributions from Messrs Ngoka Kingsley and Mike Ibe, with a passionate call on all well-meaning Nigerians to contribute in preserving Nigerian indigenous languages from going into extinction.

Present with the Comptroller were DCP J. U. Ezugwu, DCP Ugwu Nwakuche, ACP F. C. Akam, and ASP M. C. Emeka.

Otobo Frank Ariwera

NICO Enugu State Office