The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture is set to start the 2016 Weekend Edition of its Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP).

A Press Release signed by Caleb Nor on behalf of the Executive Secretary of NICO, Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, says the Weekend Edition of the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme is scheduled to kick-start from Saturday, 15th October, 2016 at the Institute’s Head Office, located on No. 23, Kigoma Street, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja-FCT and all the Institute’s zonal and state offices across the country.

In all, six (6) Nigerian indigenous languages are expected to be taught during the Weekend Edition of the programme which includes; Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Tiv, Efik and Gbagyi in the Abuja head office.

Meanwhile, participation in the programme is free for interested persons and lectures are expected to start from 12noon-4pm every Saturday and from 2pm-6pm on Sundays.

It is in line with NICO’s mandate of harnessing culture for national development that the Institute has, over the years, used its indigenous language programme platform for reviving interest in speaking our indigenous languages to avoid them from going into extinction.

Only recently, the Institute organized the one-month long version of intensive indigenous language programme, which attracted participants from the public and private sectors as well as diplomats, who applauded NICO’s efforts in reviving interest in our local languages.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES