The National Institute for Cultural Orientation ((NICO), as an establishment with great passion for preserving Nigeria’s cultural heritage, made a strategic move towards actualizing her mandate by celebrating “Cultural Day” with Galaxy International School, Minna, Niger State, an event that took place on Saturday, 19th March, 2016 at the premises of the school.
As guest speaker at the occasion, the Head of NICO Minna State Office, Mrs. Olufunke Ndukwe, in a presentation, entitled, “Culture from the Cradle: Catch them Young,” stressed the need for parents to inculcate cultural awareness in children at the early stage of their lives, given that it will help to mould their individual behaviours, cultivate proper relationship with one another, and uplift the societal cultural values as with regards to language.
According to her, a well-cultured child will become a properly educated man and a quality future leader for the society, maintaining that it behooves mothers, who are the custodians of culture, to play their roles effectively by inculcating those cultural values in their children.
Mrs. Ndukwe used the opportunity to espouse the interest of NICO towards cultural values and other issues related to cultural orientation, namely, the NICO Training School in Lagos and Abuja offering programmes leading to the award of Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration, Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), National Conference for Traditional Rulers, Repositioning Workshops for Cultural Workers, and establishment of Cultural Clubs in Schools, among others.
Speaking earlier, Alhaji Yusuf Musa, the proprietor of the school, in his welcoming address, stressed on the need Nigerians to reawaken our cultural values – languages, dressing, food and others, as they are all going into extinction
A former Permanent Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEC), Niger State, Alhaji Ayuba Katako, who was Chairman on the occasion, commended the efforts of the school in organising such a programme, pledging to donate a trophy for cultural competition.
Also speaking, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Minna, Niger State, Mrs. Susan Ada Ajenge, who was the Mother of the Day on the occasion, expressed the essence of the unity of the Nigeria through the instrumentality of culture, saying in simple terms that, culture brings about the unity of the nation.
In his vote of thanks, Mr. Asema T. Shadrach, the Principal of Galaxy International School, appreciated the efforts of the management of the school, parents, students and other invited guest, who gave goodwill messages to propagate cultural values.
The event featured cultural exhibition from various ethnic groups to entertain and educate guests, just as the NICO Minna State Head, Mrs. Olufunke Ndukwe, presented a book, titled, Dress Culture & National Development edited by Rasaki Ojo Bakare and Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma to the school to help propagate Nigerian dress culture.
Elssie Iwueke Ebute
NICO Minna Office