The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Ado M. Yahuza has said that Cultural Administration is central to sustainable development in Nigeria.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the National Curriculum Development Workshop for National Diploma in Cultural Administration, organised by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) on Monday, July 12, 2021 at the NBTE Consult, No 9, Kajuru Close, Ungwan Rimi GRA, Kaduna, Yahuza stressed the need for Nigerians to understand the importance of Cultural Administration.

He maintained that as much as oil has been relied on as the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy, culture, with its numerous potentials, can be explored as an addition to oil to boost the Nigerian economy.

The NICO ES who explained that the courses offered in the Cultural Administration programme of the Institute’s Training School have all it takes to foster and boost cultural knowledge in Nigeria, said this informed why NICO saw the need to engage in the accreditation of the National Diploma in Cultural Administration programme (NDCA).

His words: “I welcome everybody in this important and historic event. Culture is very important in Nigeria’s development. We have to understand this and as we rely on oil as the mainstay of our economy, we have to know that culture has potentials also. Such potentials can be reinforced through the acquisition of cultural knowledge and the Cultural Administration programme of NICO Training School can provide that knowledge. This accreditation is vital to the Institute”.

Continuing, Yahuza said it was in view of this vitality that NICO brought seasoned and reputable experts including university scholars and professionals from arts, humanities and culture sectors to be part of this workshop.

The Executive Secretary of NBTE, Professor Idris Muhammad Bugaje who was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr. Ahmad Garba, commended NICO for the quality of Resource Persons on their delegation for the workshop, saying that they are high rated scholars who will bring standard to the assignment.

Prominent Nigerians from all walks of life graced the event. The personalities which are mainly drawn from the culture sector and academia include: Prof. Mabel Evwierhoma from University of Abuja; Prof. M. I. Buratai from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Prof. AbdulRasheed Adeoye from University of Ilorin; Associate Prof. John Iwuh of Redeemer’s University; Mrs. Brigitte Yerima, Director, NICO Training School, Ismaila Ahmad, Deputy Director NICO Training School among others.

Nwagbo Pat Obi
NICO Training School