The Acting Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mr. Louis Eriomala has commended the Federal House of Representatives Member, representing Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency, Honourable Oghene Emma Egoh, for giving his constituents a feel of the dividend of democracy.
Eriomala who gave this commendation while making a remark at a One-Day Cultural Awakening and Sensitisation which took place on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in FESTAC area of Lagos State stated that he was impressed with the cordial working relationship between Honourable Oghene Egoh, and hoped the event will be an annual event.
In his brief remark at the event, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Culture and Tourism, Honourable Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, acknowledged God for making everything it possible for the sensitization to hold as well as commend Hon. Oghene Egoh for the constituency projects he has been carrying out for the benefits of his constituents, saying he is able to do these because is very vibrant in the house.
While expressing deep appreciation to NICO for its continued partnership in the execution of constituency projects in the country, Honourable Omoregie pledged that the House of Representatives Committee on Culture and Tourism will do its best to increase budgetary allocation for the event in the 2018 budget, saying the programme will be an annual event henceforth.
Responding, Honourable Oghene Egoh who gave a historical background of his sojourn in politics expressed special gratitude to the Awori people and the constituency for the opportunity they have given him to represent them where he has been able to empower the youth; assist the widows; contribute to security in the area; provide free education and uniforms for children; free school bus rides; free WAEC and NECO lessons as well as giving out medicated glasses to members of the constituency who had undergone tests.
Dignitaries present at the occasion include the President, Amuwo Odofin Resident Association, Mr. Fakorede Jola; Chairman, Ward 1, Amuwo odofin, Hon. Abeeb Ayinde; Chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Amuwo Odofin, Elder Akanike; Chairman, PDP Amuwo Odofin, Chief Jalili Akanni; Vice President, PDP Amuwo Odofin, Austin Anyanwu; State officer, PDP Amuwo Odofin, Chief Nurudeen Adewale; Chairman, PDP (South South) Amuwo Odofin, Chief Igbi; Leading member, PDP Amuwo Odofin, Sir Alayode; First lady, Amuwo Odofin Federal Constituency and a host of others.
The event had cultural displays from Sompetan cultural group from Iyagbe; Otu Ugo cultural troupe from Ogor in Delta State; Ogene cultural group from Ohaneze Ndigbo and Akaka group from Igbeje.
FG Committed To Explore Culture Of Accountability
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of the Federal Government of Nigeria has reiterated its resolve to continue to explore the culture of accountability for the sustainable development of the country.
Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known in Abuja, during the Quarterly Public Lecture organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), on Thursday, 5th October, 2017 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre with the theme: “Culture, Accountability and National Development”.
Represented by the Director (International Cultural Relations), Mr. Augustus Ajibola, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while commending the leadership of the Institute for organising the public lecture, which aims at sensitising Nigerians on the need to imbibe the culture of accountability for good governance, said the theme of the lecture was not only apt but also timely, considering the fact that it aligns with the Change Agenda of President Buhari administration.
His words: “You are aware that tackling corruption is one of the cardinal points in the change mantra; and government will continue to explore the culture of accountability for the sustainable development of the Nigerian nation”.
According to him, if Nigerians, especially public servants, can imbibe the culture of accountability, it will help them to be more productive, creative and also contribute to furthering organisational goals without which the operations of government can quickly devolve into chaos with exponential impacts.
Further stressing that the culture of accountability can promote awareness on the importance of good governance, Lai Mohammed maintained that the present administration recognises the fact that no nation can achieve any meaningful development without the culture of accountability; which informs why government has taken positive steps by embarking on several campaigns like the “Change Begins With Me” geared towards promoting attitudinal change while instilling discipline and patriotism in Nigerians; the Due Process in Procurement; the Treasury Single Account (TSA); and the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) among others.
On his part, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Culture and Tourism, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who acknowledged the intrinsic relationship between culture, accountability and national development, said there is need to institutionalise the culture of transparency and accountability in governance like other advanced countries of the world have done.
While giving the assurance that the National Assembly, as a critical arm of government and especially the House Committee on Culture and Tourism, will not rest on its oars till a culture of accountability is fully entrenched in the body polity, Hon. Omoregie reiterated that the Committee is committed to ensuring that our cherished cultural values are revived and given due respect.
He therefore said the only way out is for NICO and other institutions of government, civil society organisations, and religious bodies to continuously organise sensitisation workshops and seminars to educate the general public on the negative consequences of the neglect of our culture and the entrenchment of a culture of impunity.
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NICO HQ, Abuja-FCT
The residence of Mr. Ola Festus Ajiboye, a staff of the Audit Unit of NICO North-Central Zone, Ilorin, Kwara State, on Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 went agog when he and his wife, Bukola, hosted members of staff of the zone, friends and well wishers to the naming ceremony of their new baby boy.
Christened Oluwatomide, Felix, Fiyinfoluwa, Olalekan, Oluwadarasimi and Oluwamurewa, the boy was born on 12th September, 2017.
Quoting from the scriptures, the minister at the event, Ven. Dr. Idowu Sesan of Saint Barnabas Cathedral, Sabo Oke, Ilorin, admonished parents to take very good care of their children as they are precious gifts from God Almighty.
He added that the act of parents giving names to their off-springs started from time immemorial and thus choosing a good name that would reflect in a child’s life was a righteous starting point for the child’s upbringing.
The ceremony also had in attendance the Zonal Coordinator, NICO North-Central Zone, Mr. Ohi Ojo, who led members of staff to the event, just as he congratulated the Ajiboyes over the bundle of joy and prayed for God’s blessings not just in the life of the baby but for the family and the Institute at large.
The event featured prayers, songs of praise, as well as photograph sessions with the family; while guests had their fill with enough foods and drinks to go round.
North Central Zone
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led government has been called upon to give priority attention to issues of culture as well as deploy basic cultural strategies in fixing Nigeria from the ills that have befallen the nation.
Chief Executive Officer of Bush House Group, Mr. Michael Bush, aka, “The Boss”, who is currently a Postgraduate Diploma student in Cultural Administration at the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Training School, Abuja Study Centre, made this call in Abuja on Thursday, 3rd August, 2016, saying unless Nigeria places importance on culture, as a tool for development, the quest for growth will remain a mirage.
In a speech, delivered on his behalf by Ms Onyinyechi Agua at an event to mark the end of first semester and awards ceremony, organised by the Class 2016 of the Postgraduate Diploma programme with the theme: “Fixing Nigeria: A Cultural Perspective”, Michael Bush, who is also the Class Governor and Initiator of the ceremony, said there are immense gains in doing so and a sure way of achieving it is by empowering NICO and other allied organs of government to carry out sustained reorientation activities.
His words: “When Nigeria is ready to fix herself, culture would come to her rescue as the single most important, multifunctional tool with no good second. We therefore call on President Muhammadu Buhari and indeed State Governors and Local Government Chairmen to use their good offices and bring some executive courage to this matter of culture as the talismanic, all-round trouble-shooter”.
Maintaining that government at every level and indeed the people need to agree that Nigeria is a country united by God, Bush regretted that it is ignorance and failure to accept that we are one that has kept Nigeria where she is all these years saying culture is not just an agent of social cohesion and integration but one time employer of labour, revenue earner, promoter of peace and love, teacher of values, among others.
Further speaking on the reason for the awards, Bush had this to say: “The awards have been deliberately programmed by Class 2016 as our own way of demonstrating our collective strength while simultaneously celebrating our individual excellence. Coming from the six geopolitical zones where the issue of unity in diversity has received only lip service for quite an age, it is a thing of joy and pride that our class, a perfect Nigeria in miniature, would sit on our own, without any conflict nor support by the authorities of the Institute, to vote for these award winners from among us. We congratulate them, and enjoin the rest of us to work harder. But, even more importantly, we hope that what our Class has achieved standing together, in spite of and despite so-called sharp religious and cultural differences would send a message to leaders nationwide that to fix Nigeria is a task that can be achieved by deploying basic cultural strategies”.
He therefore commended the Management of NICO for engaging in activities geared towards reorienting Nigerians towards a culture-friendly lifestyle, charging the Institute to seek more ways of decentralizing its training programmes to allow more access and nationwide impact.
Dignitaries present at the event were the Senior Special Assistant to President Buhari on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Ita Enang; Managing Director, Rainbow Workstation Services Ltd and President of Demonstration Chapel International, Rev. Joshua Iboro; Executive Secretary of NICO, Associate Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma; NICO’s Acting Director of Administration and Human Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim Husseini; Special Assistant to ES, NICO, Mr. Law Ezeh; NICO’s Head of Finance and Accounts, Mr. Ogbe Herbert; and the Coordinator, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Dr. Regina Onuoha, among others.
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