The 2011 Staff Promotion Examination of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) was conducted at the Department of Theatre Arts and Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi on Wednesday May 24, 2011.
Addressing the candidates shortly before the examinations started, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma enjoined them to conduct themselves well, adding that bringing them to Keffi was to make them feel an academic environment as they take their exam.
He added that the examination was independently conducted by the Department of Theatre Arts and Cultural Studies Keffi, so that no one would be seen as influencing or interfering in the process.
To further buttress the credibility of the process, the NICO helmsman announced the presence of the representatives of all stakeholders, among which were Board members, a representative of the Ministry and all the management staff of NICO.
Also speaking, Professor Emmanuel Dandaura, the HOD of the Theatre Arts and Cultural Studies Department, Nasarawa State University further allayed the fears of the candidates as he gave them simple instructions to follow during the examination.
The promotion examination which had candidates from all the zonal offices, including Lagos Training School, had in attendance, one hundred and fourteen (114) candidates. There was no single incident of misconduct during the process.
NICO Governing Board and management staff who were present during the examination were, the Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma and his management team - Barr. Abayomi Oyelola mni, Director, Admin/Human Resources, Mr. Festus Ihenetu, Director, Research/Documentation, Prince Bamidele Olusa, Director, Orientation/Cultural Affairs, Mr. Innocent Azuobu, Director, NICO Training School, Mr. Ebi Campbell, Deputy Director/S.A. to the ES, and Mr. Alex Omijie, Assistant Director (Protocol).
Others were Mr. Sunday Adah (NIIA), Mrs. Peace Anyanwu (FMTCNO) and Mr. John Bello (CMD) – all Board members. The Ministry was represented by Mr. Shadrack Auta Magaji.