The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has said if postgraduate students of the Institute’s Training School can present well documented research works, Management could consider sending them for publishing in order to make them reference sourcs for future researchers within and outside the Institute.

Ayakoroma, who stated this on Monday, 13th November, 2017 at the Institute’s head office, No. 23, Kigoma Street, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja-FCT, during a one-day seminar presentation on the course, “Culture and Diplomacy”, organised for postgraduate students of the Institute’s Training School, expressed displeasure over the lack of proper documentation in most of the research works presented by the students.

His words: “We want a situation whereby most of your presentations will not just end here; we could send them for publication. But for us to do this, your works have to be well documented; because that is what is lacking in most of your papers”.

Continuing, he said: “When you are doing any work, you must know the documentation style sheet that is required because this is an avenue for you to improve on your project work. Also, when you use pictures, do not just put them there; acknowledge the sources of the photographs you use. It is not an offence (or crime) to take materials from the Internet; but it becomes one when you fail to acknowledge the sources”.

The ES, who pointed out that with the ante for the NICO Training School already raised, as a result of the affiliation of the programmes with Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), certificates to be issued to graduates will henceforth bear the NICO Training School in Affiliation with Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

He explained that with the affiliation already in place, graduates of the Post Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA), who perform very well can be given admission to do the Masters programme in Cultural Policy and Management or Doctorate degree in Cultural Policy and Management at NSUK.

The NICO Boss therefore disclosed that for staffers, who are graduates of Theatre or Media Arts, or other related course in the Humanities, with at least a second class lower class division, will no longer be required to do the Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Administration offered in the Institute; but that such officers can proceed straight to study at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, unless they decide otherwise.

Other Management staff present at the seminar presentation were Mr. Alex Omijie (Director, Orientation & Cultural Affairs); Mr. Ibrahim Husseini (Director, Admin & Human Resources); Mr. Mike Ekoko (Acting Director, Research & Documentation); Mr. Law Ikay Ezeh (Deputy Director/SA-ES); Mr. Herbert Ogbe (Head, Finance & Accounts); Barrister Musa Kakamba (Deputy Director, Legal); Dr. Regina Onuoha (Coordinator, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre), and Mrs. Jane Anigala (Course Lecturer), among others.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES