The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Plateau State Office Jos on Tuesday, 1st August 2023 flagged off its Maiden Edition of the Nigerian Indigenous Languages Programme (NILP) at the Conference Hall of the Federal Secretariat Complex, Jos. The NILP which is initiated as a practical way of encouraging the learning and use of Nigeria Indigenous Languages, received a boost as Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) responded by nominating participants who came to the venue, registered and begun classes to learn languages of their interest.Declaring the programme opened, the Executive Secretary, Mallam Ado Mohammed Yahuza, represented by the State Head Mr. Ibrahim Malgwi, asserted that in recognition of the importance of reviving, promoting and propagating the nation’s indigenous languages which is an important aspect of the people’s culture, it became imperative to reawaken the interest of Nigerians on the need to speak the Nation’s Indigenous Languages which is now less spoken and consequently leading to their gradual cessation. He added that the programme was designed to teach, create awareness and foster unity among the public through learning various languages. He urged the participants to make the best use of the opportunity available to them to learn languages other than their own, as this could effectively aid their integration wherever they find themselves. Responding on behalf of the participants, Mr Zandi Maina a staff of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC) applauded the management of NICO for organizing the NILP. Furthermore, he expressed readiness on the part of the participants to put in their best to learn the languages.In her remarks, the head of Admin Orientation units Mrs Grace Daniel enjoined the participants to open their mind to learn new things and to also register their wards, who are currently on holiday, as August edition is targeted at the young ones whoo are currently on Holidays. This will help them to develop their intellectual capabilities instead of staying idle.Languages featured include Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba languages. Corporate Affairs Unit NICO Jos Office