Management Approves Exam Time-Table For Students

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With less than two weeks to the end of the month of June, the Management of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), has approved the time-table for the 1st Semester examination for students’ of the Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) currently on studies in the Institute’s Training School, Abuja Study Centre.

According to the time-table, as released by the School Academic Office, the examinations are slated for Monday, 29th June, 2015 and it would end on Friday, 10th July, 2015, spanning of two weeks with one paper written per day.

In line with the above, therefore,  the Coordinator of the NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Mrs. Regina Onouha has approved Supervisors/Invigilators for the exams with a charge to be just, fair, firm and resolute in their duties.

Briefing the affected officers on Thursday, 18th June, 2015 at the Institute’s Head Office in preparation for the forth coming exams, she warned that there would be dire consequences should anyone of them compromises and is found wanting in his/her duties.

In a similar development, the Head, Academic Unit of the Study Centre, Mr. Pat Obi Nwagbo, read out the names on the roaster to include, Chief Examiner as the Coordinator of the Centre, Mrs. Regina Onuoha; the Supervisors are Mr. Pat Obi Nwagbo, Ms. Alice Ogbedu, Mr. Abubakar Nuru, Mr. Isaac Oyewole and Mrs. Pat Item; while invigilators include Mr. Philemon Udeh, Mrs. Sandra Omogiade, Miss Stella Anammah, Miss Sheila Mberru, Mrs. Phoebe Okebudeh, Mrs. Amaechi Chinwe and Mrs. Elizabeth Kumuyi.

When asked to throw more light on the level of preparedness for the exams, the Head, Exams & Records, Mrs. Phoebe Ikebudeh responded in the affirmative, assuring that all materials for the exams were received and they have also undergone the requisite training under the Unit which would enhance their effective performances as required.

Philemon Udeh

Corporate Affairs

NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre 

Africa Is One Of The Cradles Of Civilization – Duan Zhouwu

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The Vice President of the China’s Central Academy of Cultural Administration (CACA), Beijing, Mr. Duan Zhouwu, has stated that Africa, with abundant tourist resources, is one of the cradles of civilization, and is very rich in both magnificent natural sceneries and cultural legacies.

Zhouwu made the statement while welcoming participants at the formal opening ceremony of the 2015 Seminar on Cultural Tourism Management and Development for African English speaking Countries in Beijing.  

According to him, the seminar was timely and will combine the Management of Cultural Tourism with the need for Economic Development and will explore Tourism Development in Africa, adding that the programme will also include visits to some tourist sites in China.

Responding on behalf of the participants, Mrs. Paty Kateketa from Zimbabwe said that, “Cultural tourism has a significant multiplier effect in Africa in terms of job creation, with a direct effect on the economy and provides opportunities for product diversification, encourages multi-country visits, promotes longer stays, and reduces the challenges of seasonality and geographical spread thereby increasing the competitiveness of the destinations.”

She also stressed that, tourism plays a vital role in any country and can make significant contribution to its Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and thanked the Government of the People’s Republic of China for providing the platform and the various African countries for sending participants.

Thirteen (13) countries: Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Seychelles, Sudan, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe are in attendance.

Nigeria has four (4) participants: Messrs. Segun Adegbaju, Ibrahim Sule Malgwi, and Emeka Bokolo from National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO); and Mr. Victor Omoniyi of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC).

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of gifts to each participant by Mr. Duan Zhouwu, just as participants from NICO also presented gifts to the Management of the Central Academy of Cultural Administration (CACA), Beijing.

Ibrahim Sule Malgwi

O-ES, NICO

(Reporting from Beijing, China)

China Is Using Culture As A Very Powerful Tool For Development – Ambassador

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ChinaPixNigerian Ambassador to the People's Republic of China, His Excellency, Ambassador Patrick Onadipe has said the speedy development of China is informed by the importance the country attaches to culture, which has now become a veritable foreign policy instrument in the country.

Amb. Onadipe disclosed this in his office in Beijing on Thursday, 11th June, 2015 when the Nigerian delegation to the ongoing Seminar on Chinese Culture and Economy for Government Officials from Developing Countries paid him a courtesy visit.

According to him, China was fortunate to have a visionary leader, who at a point in history, decided to shift the attention of the country to look inward in line with their culture for development, a step that is working for them today.

His words” "I have been to so many countries in career history but of all the countries I have served, there is no country as serious as China. But how did they do it? They had visionary leaders. As far as I am concerned, all of us can become communists in this world. If this is what communism is all about, why not embrace it?" he asked.

He further disclosed that for him, China is one country presently in the world where one can see practical development and constructions going on everywhere which is an evidence of a working economy.

Speaking earlier, leader of the Nigerian delegation and Director, Orientation and Cultural Affairs Department at the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mr. Alex Omijie, said it was indeed evident that China has tried to make culture central to their development agenda.

He maintained that unlike many African countries, everything about China's development revolves around their culture as they are people who believe in themselves, their foods and even clothing, which makes them look serious and very organized.

"Unlike in Africa, China's cultural monuments have their infrastructure built around it so that it can be attractive to the outside world. Today, global international figures have shown that culture and tourism are contributing enormously to the economy of many countries but we are not doing that back home.

"If you go to all the places we have visited, you will see that they have really made sure that the infrastructure are up to date and in such a way that will be a delight to anyone visiting and I know they are reaping so much from it."

He therefore called for the need for Nigeria to also build infrastructure around major culture and tourism events to see how the sector can also contribute to the development of our economy.ChinaPix2

Others present were the Coordinator, NICO Minna State Office, Mrs. Olufunke Ndukwe; Media Assistant to ES-NICO, Mr. Caleb Nor; as well as Mr. Tiamiju Morufu Adisa and Mrs. Sani Safiya from Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), respectively.

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja

(Reporting from Beijing, China)

Great Wall Of China: A Tourists Delight

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Chinawall1A visit to the Great Wall of China at Badaling, located 60 kilometres to the North-East of downtown Beijing, no doubt, leaves an indelible mark in the life of any tourist because of the fun of climbing the magnificent scenery.

This was part of the experience of participants at the ongoing 2015 Seminar on Chinese Culture and Economy for Government Officials from Developing Countries in China as they, on Sunday, 24th May, 2015, visited the Great Wall at Badaling, which remains open to a large number of tourists who continue to flood in for attractions.

With 37 participants from 15 countries on a guided tour of the Great Wall, one will apparently agree with the Chinese saying that, “He who doesn’t reach the Great Wall is not a true man,” as it does not only portray the Chinese spirit of overcoming difficulties but also the fact that the Great Wall was built with the sweat and blood of labouring people of ancient China.

Also, information available reveal that the Great Wall of China was built initially as a military defence project under the order of the Emperor of the Zhou Dynasty (1046 BC-256 BC), a time when China was not yet unified and was controlled by several independent states and each learned to build the Great Wall to protect their territories.

However, the Emperor of the State of Qin, Qin Shi Huang was said to have unified China and started the first dynasty, where he ordered a reconstruction of the Great Wall by forcing nearly one million people to work for the project.

The story of the Great Wall of China will never be complete without what is widely referred to as, “Weeping over the Great Wall;” it tells of a woman, Meng Jang Nv, whose husband was forced into service by Imperial officials and sent to build the Great Wall and never returned.; and she was said to have gone in search of her husband only to discover he was dead and she wept bitterly such that a part of the wall collapsed, revealing his bones.

Till date, the story of Weeping over the Great Wall remains one of China’s four great folktales as it brings back memories of great contributions made by ancient Chinese labours even as contemporary China continues to enjoy the magnificent scenery.

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja

(Reporting from Beijing, China)  

NICO SWZ Urge Mandate Advocacy

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Members of staff of NICO SWZ, on Tuesday, 21st May, 2015, marked the celebration of this year’s World Day for Cultural Diversity (WDCD), popularly called, World Culture Day, at the Zonal Office in Akure, Ondo state, with a call on Management to utilize advocacy in implementing the mandate of the Institute.

During a question and answer session, after the lecture, they opined that as it is done in some countries like Germany and France, where foreigners are made to study their indigenous languages before settling down to work, the Federal Government of Nigeria should make foreigners, especially expatriate workers to study Nigerian Languages and Culture at NICO Training School, to help them to appreciate the cultural diversity of their host communities, and engender productivity and a healthy work environment.

Presenting a paper on the theme of this year’s celebration “Culture and Cultural Diversity in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda,” the Zonal Head, Mr. Ohi Ojo posited that it was unacceptable for various state governments to be going cap-in-hand for their monthly allocations from the Federal Government, which depends on oil; and that, the country was currently facing a dangerous level of unemployment and weak economy as a result of the crash in oil price.

He said every community in the country has enough to sustain life if leaders are creative, as culture provides good avenues through which the nation’s economy can achieve sustainable development adding that, these can be found in arts /crafts, religion, heritage sites, food, festivals, etc, adding that a coordinated programme or calendar of these events could ensure regular in-flow of both domestic and international tourists year round.

According to the Zonal Head, there are over 450 ethnic groups in Nigeria, with each having different unique cooking styles, going down memory lane to describe how he enjoyed taking the local couscous and brabisco cuisines during his undergraduate at the University of Maiduguri, comparing them to the popular amala with gbegiri and ewedu (abula) soup in the South Western Nigeria and the famous akpu with afang soup in the Eastern part of the country.

He described as unfortunate, the many cases where heritage sites have been damaged, destroyed or desecrated by religious leaders claiming they are idolatry, also citing the examples of the much celebrated religious sites like the healing ‘Zam Zam’ water in Saudi Arabia, The Synagogue in Lagos and the Osun Osogbo Groove.

Other events during the ceremony were a performance by the Cultural Troupe, titled, “One Entity,” which essentially focused on the need for all sections of the country to harness their natural resources for national development in line with the theme of this year’s celebration, as well as poetry rendition (Ewi) on the importance of culture and the achievements of NICO by Mr. Babatunde Adewumi of Stores Unit.

While delivering her vote of thanks, Mrs. Eze Adesuwa thanked the Zonal Head and members of staff for their readiness and commitment towards the success of the programme, and encouraged them to always value and appreciate our cultural products, because they are usually more effective than the foreign products but only lack good packaging.

      

This year’s event in the South-West Zone was supported by Cocoa Products (Ile-Oluji) Ltd, makers of the popular Oluji Pure Cocoa Powder.

Mustapha Alfanla

Corporate Affairs

SWZ

2015 Jeju Forum For Peace And Prosperity Opens

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IMG 20150520 101331The 2015 Jeju Forum for Peace and Prosperity opened Wednesday, 20th May 2015 at the Haevichi Hotel and Resorts in Jeju Island, Korea with a performance by Soprano Sumi-jo, the international Korean star.

The forum is recognised as one of the major international forums in Asia that brings together leaders around the world in Jeju, Island of World Peace, to exchange and discuss ideas on Asia's peace and common prosperity.

The 2015 edition, which is with the theme: "Towards a New Asia of Trust and Harmony," aims at accelerating the process of building a solid multinational cooperation mechanism for Asia, and covers areas such as, International Cooperation and Security, Business and Economy, Climate change and Environment Equality, Education and Culture Global.

A special session by East Asia Forum and other sessions were later held, while the day's programme came to an end with a welcome dinner hosted by the Korean Foreign Affairs Minister, Yun Byung-se.

In attendance were a former President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Chairman, East Asia Foundation, Gong Ro-myang, institutions and organizations from East Asia and other nations.

Louis Eriomala

Director, NICO Liaison Office, Lagos

Reporting from Jeju Island, Korea

2015 Seminar On Chinese Culture And Economy For Govt Officials Opens In Beijing

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The 2015 Seminar on Chinese Culture and Economy for Government Officials from Developing Countries has opened in Beijing, the capital city of the Peoples Republic of China, with a commitment from the Chinese Government not to relent in strengthening co-operations between developing countries of the world.

Vice President, Beijing International Chinese College (BIIC), Mr. Yang Wei stated this in his speech at the opening ceremony of the seminar, organized by the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, in collaboration with BIIC at the Holliday Inn Express Hotel, Beijing, saying the Chinese Government was using cultural seminars to deepen understanding between China and other countries.

According to him, the seminar which aims at promoting friendship and cooperation in fields like Economy and Trade between China and other developing countries was designed to expose participants to Chinese Culture and language as well as the social and economic development of the country through learning, visits and field trips, which will enable participants to have better understanding of China, enhance friendly ties and contribute to their exchanges and co-operations.

His words: “We will manage to let all students experience Chinese culture and language as well as the social and economic development of China through seminars, visits and field trips within a limited period so that you will have a better understanding of China, enhance friendly ties with the Chinese people and contribute to the exchanges and cooperation between China and your countries.”

He reiterated Chinese President, Xi Jinping’s earlier remark on how developing countries can come together to cooperate in the new era to play bigger roles towards enhancing the balanced development of the world, stressing that China was not only dedicated to promoting its “Belt and Road Initiative,” but will always be a reliable friend and sincere partner to other developing countries.

Already, 37 participants from 15 countries with which China has already established friendly cultural relations through years of exchange and cooperation have started receiving training on Chinese Language and Culture, Society and History, which is expected to last for the next 28 days.

Besides learning the Chinese language, experiencing their culture, and studying their economic and social development, participants will also have the opportunity to visit the World Cultural Heritage and Historical Sites in Beijing, as well as visit Xi’an, a time-honoured city with splendid culture and Shenzhen, a pioneer city in China’s reform and opening-up process to have discussions with people from a wide range of fields.

In all, Nigeria has five (5) participants attending the seminar, which includes the Director, Orientation and Cultural Affairs, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mr. Alex Omijie; Coordinator, NICO Minna State Office, Mrs. Olufunke Ndukwe; Media Assistant to ES-NICO, Mr. Caleb Nor; as well as Mr. Tiamiyu Morufu Adisa and Mrs. Sani Safiya from the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), respectively.

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja

(Reporting from Beijing, China)

  

NICO Will Organise A Superlative SONTA 2015 Conference – Ayakoroma

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ESThe Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma has said that the 2015 edition of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) Conference, which the institute will host, will serve as a reference point in the annals of the body of theatre scholars in and outside Nigeria.

Stating this in a General Meeting of NICO Management and Staff at the Institute’s Head Office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, the NICO helmsman said he had briefed the Chairman of Board, Alhaji Ibrahim Isma’il, on the event coming up 4-5 August, 2015 at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, and had been assured of the Board’s support.

According to him, making the hosting of the 28th edition of the conference historic will go a long way in enhancing the credibility of NICO, bringing it to international attention, adding that this was the first time any government agency, other than a university, will be hosting the SONTA Annual Conference and that the LOC Members believe that NICO was equal to the task.

Ayakoroma said the above had served as an impetus for the LOC to be innovative, designing a conference website and uploading all accepted abstracts online about nine weeks before the event, a feat that had not been achieved in conference organisation in Nigeria.

Throwing more light on what NICO stands to gain in hosting the august event, the ES noted that the LOC will need the support of all Members of Staff of the Institute to raise the needed funds, enjoining them to make contacts with prospective sponsors and pledging that when such sponsors respond positively, the staffers that facilitated such would be handsomely rewarded.

Commending NICO staffers that sent in abstracts, he urged other members of staff to engage in activities that would develop them for their future endeavours, adding: “You have done well. It means that you want to constructively engage yourselves. It is better that being involved in idle gossips. As the saying goes, ‘Great minds think of ideas; but little minds think of other people.’ Think of what you can do to make the difference to move NICO forward.”

He also advised them to visit www.sonta.nico.gov.ng to read the abstracts submitted by various university theatre and film scholars and professionals from home and abroad on the conference, with the theme: “Repositioning Nollywood for the Promotion of Nigeria’s Cultural Diplomacy and National Security.

Nwagbo Pat Obi

NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre

I Will Not Interfere In Union Activities Nor Sponsor Any Candidate For Election – ES NICO

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BARCLAYSAs staffers of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) gear up for the forthcoming elections of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE),the Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma has made it clear that he was not sponsoring any candidate for any position; neither will he interfere in the Union’s matters.

The ES made this known, Tuesday, 19th May, 2015 at the Institute’s Head Office during a Staff General Meeting, urging members of staff to be wary of those who would come to them under the guise of being his anointed candidate(s), warning that such persons should ignored and should not be voted for, as he will never impose any person on the Union.

He, however, drew attention to the fact that the Union was not an alternative Management in the Institute but that they should see the relationship as collaborative for the overall development of the Institute, expressing dismay over rumours making the rounds that he had bribed some executive members of the Union, saying such insinuations were mischievous.

The ES also used the opportunity to clarify other thorny issues, such as, reasons for the non-payment of NICO Training School allowances before commencement of the programme, promising that Management will look at the possibility of paying those proceeding to the Training School before the commencement of the programme, but declined the request to increase the allowances due to the poor funding situation.

On completion of payment of 28 days in lieu of hotel accommodation owed a few members of staff, the NICO CEO acknowledged receipt of the circular letter from the Honourable Minister of Finance, urging MDAs to pay from their overheads but said that had not been possible because of lack of fund.

Again, on the delay of payment of Year 2013 promotion arrears to beneficiaries, Ayakoroma said the documentation had since been done by Finance and Accounts Department and submitted to the Federal Ministry of Finance, as such, the issue was beyond the Institute, and that NICO was not a revenue generating organization that could pay the arrears internally pending final action by the Budget Office and urged the affected officers to be patient.

In the area of manpower development, he accepted the fact that there had been a sharp decline in the number of staffers sent on workshops compared to Year 2010, 2011 and 2012, but that it would be totally unfair for the Union to say that no staff training and development had been done for the past three (3) years, when they were even asking for the payment of workshop allowances due some members of staff for the last two years.

He then advised staffers to shun rumour mongering and engage in more productive ventures that would help move the organization forward because that was the only way they could justify their employment.

Present at the meeting were the Director, Administration & Human Resources, Barr. Abayomi Oyelola, mni, Director, Research & Documentation, Prince Bamidele Olusa, and Director, Finance & Accounts, Mr. Godson Ordu, among other Senior Management Staff.

Philemon Udeh

NICO HQS

SONTA 2015 LOC Breaks New Grounds

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sonta logoAs the Count Down To SONTA 2015, the Annual International Conference of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) records about 2months and 18days on the conference site (www.sonta.nico.gov.ng), the Local Organising Committee of the Conference has broken new grounds by uploading all accepted abstracts on the site.

According to the Convener of the conference, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who is NICO’s Executive Secretary and Visiting Associate Professor to Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), one hundred and four (104) abstracts have been accepted for the conference.

He also disclosed that about eleven abstracts from some persons were not accepted because such persons submitted two or three abstracts, adding that there will be no room for participants to present more than one paper at the conference, and that doing that will make the plenary sessions appear like bazaars and sacrifice qualify for quantity.

It will be recalled that the acceptance letters for the abstracts reminded presenters that the full papers, which should adhere strictly the 6th edition of the MLA Documentation Style Sheet, should be emailed on or before 30 June, 2015 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and copy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for inclusion in the Book of Proceedings, which will be printed before the conference.

SONTA 2015, being hosted by National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), with Barr. Abayomi Oyelola, mni, NICO’s Director of Admin & HR, as LOC Chairman, comes up 4-5 August at the Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja-FCT, and those interested in attending the conference are advised to visit the website: www.sonta.nico.gov.ng to get updates on the conference.

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Sola Balogun Is Determined To Contribute To Nigerian Culture – Ayakoroma

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The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma has described former Arts Editor of Daily Sun Newspaper, Mr. Sola Balogun as a Nigerian, whose commitment and determination to contribute to the development of Nigerian culture made him succeed as a cultural journalist.

Stating this in Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, Ekiti State during Balogun’s 50th birthday and 20th Wedding Anniversary over the weekend at the University Auditorium, Ayakoroma, who was chairman of the occasion, said that Sola Balogun made an outstanding imprint in the media, as a versatile arts and culture journalist, rising through the ranks to become an arts editor before moving over to academics.

Ayakoroma, who is also a visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), further said that Balogun, through his reportorial and editorial abilities, had also contributed immensely to the Nigerian literary scene just as he did the culture sector.

The cultural administrator stated: “I have known Sola Balogun (SB) for a very long time. He has this love towards arts and culture. I taught him in his second year in the Department of Theatre Arts, at the University of Ibadan. Then, as an arts and culture journalist in Nigeria, I followed up on his career. He is a good writer; he has determination to succeed in whatever he does; it reflects in his stories on arts and culture. He is into advocacy and developmental journalism. I recall that when I was in charge of Bayelsa State Arts Council, we depended on Sola Balogun (and Patrick Nwagbo Obi), to see our news stories in various print media. With this, I can say without equivocation that, Balogun has contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian arts and culture sector. Furthermore, as an arts editor in The Sun Newspaper, he contributed invaluably to the growth of those who worked under him.”

Continuing, he said: “Now that he is in academics, he is also doing very well. This is obvious in his play, “Withered Seed” that was staged as part of the birthday event. I want to congratulate the students for such a fine performance. You have celebrated the birthday, as far as I am concerned.”

Meanwhile, students of the Department of Theatre and Media Arts of the University performed “Withered Seed,” a play written by Sola Balogun, which uses the themes of love, tolerance in marriage, unity and peace to dramatize the current security challenges facing in the country, where the Boko Haram insurgents have used bombings to cause panic in northern Nigeria.

The event had in attendance the Dean, Faculty of Humanities, Federal University, Oye Ekiti, Professor Bakare Ojo Rasaki, Professor Bayo Oloyode, Professor Emeka Eze, Dr. ‘Bifatife Olufemi Adeseye and other lecturers in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts of the University, parents, siblings and the children of Sola Balogun and his wife, as well as Mr. Law Ikay Ezeh of NICO Training School, Lagos.

Nwagbo Pat Obi

NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre

The Neglect Of Culture In Nigeria Is The Crux Of Our Problem – Aliyu

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Muazu Babangida AliyuThe Chief Servant of Niger State, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, OON, CON, has said that, the present high level of moral decadence and lack of service to humanity in our society today are as a result of neglect of our cherished culture.

The Chief Servant stated this during the conferment of the chieftaincy title of Onunaekwuruora 1 (literarily meaning, “the spokesman of the people”) of Ibagwa on him by HRM Igwe Dr. Emmanuel O. Ugwu (Eze Okwe of Okwe kingdom), the traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike, Enugu State.

During this epoch-making occasion, culture was identified as a universal language with a common purpose to unite people from different backgrounds to achieve a common goal; and history was made as traditional rulers from the Northern and Eastern Nigeria spoke with one accord on the need to go back to our roots to solve Nigeria’s challenges as no amount of cosmetic treatment will yield the desired result.

They opined that government should look inward and utilize cultural workers to have the necessary result of the desired change in a heterogeneous country like Nigeria, just as the Awardee, who is also the chairman of Northern States Governors’ Forum, also re-iterated the need for cross-cultural pollination of ideas and peaceful co-existence among Nigerians for national unity.

Contributing, the Emir of Lapai, Alhaji Umaru Bago Tafida III, CON, representing the Niger State traditional rulers’ council, added his royal voice to the call for culture to be given its pride of place to restore the dignity of our cherished values.

On his part, the traditional ruler of Obige Obukpa in Nsukka LGA and first Deputy Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, Igwe Barr. Ralph Ezeh, concurred with the Emir of Lapai and solicited for the teaching of value re-orientation in schools through the establishment of Cultural Club in schools as exemplified by National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), further observing that the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) has also helped public servants in the assimilation of other people language and culture.

Earlier, the host and chief celebrant, Igwe Dr. Emmanuel Ugwu, expressed his profound gratitude to the invited guests and thanked God for restoring the culture of love in our country, especially with the successful conduct of 2015 elections in the country.

In his good will message, NICO Enugu boss, Mr. Nwajagu Nnaemeka, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, thanked God for the life and the achievements of such a quintessential detribalized man like Igwe Dr. Emmanuel Ugwu, and prayed for more royal wisdom for him to rule his kingdom effectively.

The occasion featured cultural dances and music renditions by Venetian Singers; and it was also spiced by inter-tribal exchange of gifts by the royal fathers.

Ngoka Kingsley

Corp. Affair Unit

NICO Enugu State Office     

   

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