The National Institute for Cultural Orientation, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation was established by Act 93 of 1993.
The Institute has the primary responsibility of harnessing our cultural resources to meet the challenges of social integration, peace, unity and national development. It also serves as vital force for promoting Nigeria’s programme of Cultural Diplomacy and energizing the various cultural establishments in the new direction advocated by Nigeria’s Cultural Policy and the World Decade for Cultural Development (1988-1997) declared by the United Nations
What Are the Objectives of NICO?
Serve as a focus for orientation in cultural matters for Nigeria’s policy makers and other government officials.
Develop cultural materials for promoting the cultural image of Nigeria nationally and internationally and use them for the realization of the nation’s Cultural Diplomacy objectives.
What is the Vision and Mission of NICO?
To be the Apex and leading Cultural Training Institute in Nigeria which will energize various cultural establishments and contribute to world progress and civilization through research and documentation of cultural assets and services, both tangible and intangible. To train cultural development officers, motivators and communicators who would be grounded in Nigeria cultural practices, realities, philosophy and practices that are essential for national integration, peace, unity and development in a multi-ethnic nation.
The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) was established by Act 93 of 1993, as a joint initiative of the Nigerian Government and UNESCO during the World Decade for Cultural Development Programme (1988-1997), which emphasized the cultural dimension of development. Under this point arrangement, the Institute was established with the primary responsibility of promoting positive cultural values and harnessing culture for national development. The idea is also enunciated in the Cultural Policy for Nigeria (1988).