The Executive Secretary of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma has acknowledged that, the imperativeness of showcasing our rich cultural heritage in an occasion like the Abuja National Carnival’s Cultural Night was for national rebirth and development.

The NICO boss, who stated this in his welcome address at the Cultural Night of the Carnival, stressed that, “Our creative cultures: dances, plays, songs, crafts, art, literatures, films are indicators to the fact that the culture sector can be transformed to an enterprise that will generate income, improve the economy, create jobs, reduce poverty and stimulate development as well as build social cohesion, promote peace and mobilize communities towards sustainable development.”

Read on his behalf by the Coordinator, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Mrs. Regina Onuoha, Ayakoroma enjoined stakeholders and the private sector to leverage on the Abuja Carnival platform to support, nurture, strengthen, and enhance the creative abilities through sponsorship and partnership with the Ministry and the Carnival Management Committee for national and global appeal.

The Cultural Night, one of the competitive events of the Abuja National Carnival, took place at the Eagle’s Square Civil Service Secretariat, Abuja, on Tuesday, 25th November, 2014 with five (5) states, namely, Akwa-Ibom, Ebonyi, Kano, Kogi, and Niger, performing.

Njideka Dimgba
Corporate Affairs Unit
NICO Abuja