The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), is set organize Annual Roundtable on Cultural Orientation (ARTCO), where the Nation¬ís Economic Agenda will be the focus  

The event takes place at the Prestige Hotel Event Hall, Airport Road, Benin City, Edo State with the theme: “Mainstreaming Culture in the Nation’s Economic Agenda”

The programme which takes at 10am prompt on the 8th and 9th March, 2018, has Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed as the Chief Host; Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Culture and Tourism, Honourable Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, as the Chairman of occasion and the Acting Executive Secretary of NICO, Mr. Louis Eriomala, as the Host.

Also, His Excellency, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, the Executive Governor of Edo State is the Special Guest of Honour. He will deliver the Keynote Address on Mainstreaming Culture in the Nation’s Economic Agenda. Professor Eghosa Osagie of Benson Idahosa University, Benin City will moderate the technical sessions.

The Annual Roundtable seeks to mobilize and sensitize participants to appreciate the importance and use of Nigerian culture for national development

This informs why ARTCO 2018 is designed to serve as a veritable platform for the exchange of views on topical cultural issues by scholars and stakeholders.

Furthermore, it is meant to underscore the relationship between culture and economic development and emphasize the place of culture as one of the pillars of sustainable development.

The resource persons drawn largely from the academia will deliver papers on six (6) sub-themes: Understanding the Relationship Between Cultural Values and Economic Development; Cultural Industries as Catalyst for Economic Growth; Culture and Economic Growth: Lessons from Leading Economies; Recreating Cultural Festivals for Economic Benefits; and Culture and Economy: The Dynamics of Globalization.

Nwagbo Pat Obi

NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre