ES Congratulates New NIMCOS EXCO, Urges Them To Perform Credibly

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The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, also an Associate Professor at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), has congratulated the newly-elected executive members of the NICO Multipurpose Co-operative Society (NIMCOS) on their electoral victory, urging them to do all within their ability to serve meritoriously.

The ES, who congratulated them in his office on behalf of Management, on Monday, 7th March, 2016, when the newly-elected EXCO paid Management a courtesy visit, said since members of the Cooperative Society have unanimously imposed their confidence on them by electing them to run the affairs of the body, they should do their best to leave a mark at the end of their tenure.

His words: "We want to assume and believe that you sought to serve with every good intention, because it is always difficult holding people’s monies. We have heard of people who took such responsibilities and failed; but our prayer is that you will serve meritoriously in such a way that after your tenure, people will just say: Let them continue and serve another tenure."

Admonishing them to ignore side attractions and serve the people who gave them the mandate to lead the affairs of the cooperative, the NICO ES said they should be focused and ensure they serve with a clear conscience: "Let me tell you that as you have assumed office, you will be hearing many things. You will hear many allegations; but then you have to put all that behind you and be focused to make sure that at the end of the day, you will be happy that you served very well and that your conscience is clear in the service you have rendered to the Institute.

"If at the end, everything is still as it was, then there is no improvement. At the end of your tenure, let there be commendations that you have moved further, which is the essence of changing leadership. A new leadership should bring new ideas and innovations that people will say: Yes, this cooperative is really exemplary."

Expressing confidence on how the society has been running since he assumed duty in NICO, the NICO Boss said he still believes in the ability of the new EXCO to improve on what they met on ground.

He further urged them not to relent in consulting Management on issues, especially the possibility of involving other members of staff in the voting process in the next election, saying as it is now, it is as if NIMCOS is an Abuja-based Cooperative Society and people from the zonal and state offices do not have any input.

"We have thought about some of these things and we want to say that you can always consult with Management on how this can be done when next you want to conduct an election so that everybody will have a sense of belonging. It means your electorate will be drawn from every state and zonal office, so that as you are doing election here, those people will b also doing same. With the help of the social media, you can collate the results simultaneously; after all, you can put up a conference call where everybody from the zones and states contribute; that is modern communication technology for you."

Earlier in his brief, the Chairman, NIMCOS, Mr. Ibrahim Kantoma, said the EXCO had come to pay a courtesy visit on Management and to seek their advice as well as assure of their full cooperation with Management, adding that as a business venture, the door of the cooperative society is opened to both staff and Management to take advantage of the opportunities that abound therein.

In the company of the Cooperative Chairman was Mrs. Loretta Enwezor (Vice-Chairman), Sherifat Abdulrazak (Treasurer), Thomas Omopariola (General Secretary), Salamatu Yahaya (Financial Secretary), Iyaduni Adelabu-Idris (Welfare/PRO).

Present on the side of Management were: Mr. Alex Omijie (Director, Orientation & Cultural Affairs), Mr. Ibrahim Husseini (Acting Director, Administration & Human Resources), as well as Mr. Law Ezeh (SA to ES).

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja

National Summit On Culture And Tourism Holds April 11th And 12th

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The Federal Ministry of Information and Culture will hold a National Summit on Culture and Tourism next month in an effort to make the Culture and Tourism Sector a major revenue earner for the country.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the plan to host the summit on Thursday when he paid a courtesy visit to the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, in his office in Lagos.

He said the Summit, to be held in Abuja on 11th and 12th April, would bring all stakeholders together to examine and proffer solutions to the problems mitigating against culture and tourism being huge revenue earners for the country.

“The Summit will signpost our determination to put culture and tourism at the very centre of the Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to diversify the economy away from oil,” Alhaji Mohammed said.

He used the opportunity of the visit to invite Governor Ambode to the Summit, saying Lagos State, which is a foremost hub of entertainment, arts, culture and tourism, has a big role to play in the efforts to reposition the creative industry in the country.

The Minister hailed the Lagos State Government for embarking on the provision of security and infrastructure, both of which are critical to boosting culture and tourism.

“With the drastic fall in the price of crude oil, the Federal Government is currently in the process of diversifying the country’s economy to shift emphasis to other key sectors like tourism, agriculture and solid minerals. With particular reference to tourism, we have a lot to learn from the giant strides that have been made by this state in the provision of infrastructure, which is critical to stimulating tourism.

“The intra-city rail transportation system that is expected to come on stream in December 2016, the 10-lane highway to Bagadry, which is one of the state’s foremost tourist destinations, and the provision of effective security through the innovative Lagos State Security Trust Fund all stand the state in good stead to remain the top tourist destination for a long time to come,” he said.

The Minister also sought the support of Lagos State Government for the Federal Government’s efforts to revamp the National Theatre and restore its lost shine.

“Let me reiterate that the Federal Government will not sell the National Theatre. Our plan is to develop the fallow land around the edifice, using the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, and then use the proceeds to rehabilitate the National Theatre. Again, Lagos State is a trailblazer in this respect, having successfully leveraged the PPP model for the Lekki Expressway,” he said.

Responding, Gov. Ambode said he has accepted the invitation to participate at the summit, adding: “We will bring a large team.”

He commended Alhaji Mohammed for his invaluable role, as the National Publicity Secretary, in the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at the last general elections, saying his appointment as Minister of Information and Culture is well deserved.

The Governor stressed the need for the country to pay greater attention to the service sector which, he said, has been neglected for a long time.

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NICO SWZ Monitors Cultural Clubs

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In an effort to revitalize the country’s cultural norms, values and beliefs, the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), South-West Zone has visited some of the Secondary Schools that have inaugurated NICO Cultural Clubs in Ondo State.

The visit to the secondary schools in the State, which took place on Tuesday, 23rd and Wednesday, 24th February, 2016 was meant to reawaken the children’s consciousness on the importance of our cherished cultural values and the need to promote our Mother Tongue.

Speaking with the Principal of Ijapo High School, the Head of Orientation and Cultural Affairs, NICO SWZ, Mrs. Ogechukwu Nwokorie, said the visit was to monitor the activities of the Club and register new entrants in order for the Institute to have updated data.

She said, henceforth, the Institute will co-ordinate the activities of the Club alongside the Co-ordinator in the school, and therefore urged the Coordinator to religiously follow the approved and prescribed guidelines provided for the operation of the Club.

Responding on behalf of the Principal, the Secretary of the Club, Mrs. Ariyo Funmilayo thanked the Institute for the visit, saying the Club has been progressing and promised to keep the flag flying.

Also, at St. Peter’s Secondary School, the Principal, Mrs. Abimbola Ogunmusire, promised to always corporate with the Institute for the benefit of the school, saying that the NICO Omoluabi Club celebrated the Mother Tongue Day on Monday, 22nd February, 2016, in which the Club had a cultural display in their various cultural outfits, informing that Club activities are slated for every Friday at noon.

It would be recalled that on the 11th of December, 2013, NICO SWZ inaugurated Omoluabi Cultural Club at the St. Peter’s Secondary School, a news report of which was published in the maiden edition of the school’s magazine, The Pinnacle. (A copy was made available to the NICO team).

Other schools visited include St. Daniel’s Secondary School, Ijapo; St. Matthias’ Anglican Secondary School and Oyemekun Secondary School, all in Akure, the Ondo State capital, where all the schools promised unalloyed cooperation with the Institute towards achieving the objectives of NICO Cultural Clubs.

The NICO team, led by Mrs. Ogechukwu Nwokorie, included, Mrs. Flora Sodje, Mr. Alana Kayode, Mr. Peresine Watchman, Mr. Fayomi Babatunde, Mr. Akomolafe Kolade, and Mr. Toyin Adeseko, all of the Orientation and Cultural Affairs Unit.

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Corporate Affairs Unit


Minister Visits Yoruba-Language Newspapers, Vows Relentless Anti-Graft War

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The Federal Government has said that no amount of orchestrated attacks or campaign of calumny against those they believe to be in the forefront of the war against corruption will deter it from vigorously waging the battle.

The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, gave the assurance on Friday, when he visited two Yoruba-language newspapers, Alaroye and Iroyin Owuro, in Lagos.

“We are winning (the fight against corruption). We won’t relent. We won’t retreat. With the support of the people we are fighting for, we will win,” he said. “It takes a very transparent leader like President Muhammadu Buhari to fight corruption. But we are aware that corruption will fight back.”

The Minister rallied the support of the newspapers in the fight against terrorism and corruption, saying the indigenous newspapers are a ‘missing link’ in the government’s efforts to reach the people at the grassroots; hence, his decision to visit them.

“We recognize your powerful platform and we want that platform to be used for nation building,” he said.

While soliciting their support for the impending national reorientation campaign of the government, Alhaji Mohammed said he visited the two newspapers in a dual capacity, as the Minister of Information as well as Culture, noting that part of the mandate of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), an agency under the ministry, is to preserve indigenous languages – which is the same thing that the indigenous newspapers are doing.

He urged the publishers of all indigenous newspapers in the country to come together and form an association that will make it possible for them to articulate their challenges and facilitate the resolution of such challenges.

At Iroyin Owuro, he commended the publishers for their tenacity in keeping alive the newspaper, which was founded about one-and-a-half years ago.

The Publisher of Alaroye, Mr. Musa Alao Adedayo, and his Iroyin Owuro counterpart, Mr. Yinka Alabi, both described the Minister’s visit to their newspapers as ‘historic’.

“Your coming here is historic, being the first Minister of Information or the most senior government official that has visited Alaroye or any indigenous newspaper,” said Mr. Adedayo.

He said Alaroye, which is 20 years old, is the Number One newspaper in the South-West, as it prints over 50,000 copies, in addition to reaching far beyond Nigeria, and called for recognition for all the professionals in the indigenous newspapers.

The visit is part of the Minister’s ongoing tour of media establishments in the country, which has taken him to the Punch, Vanguard, Nation, as well as three Hausa language newspapers – Rariya, Aminiya and Leadership Hausa.

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Culture and Tourism Summit To Hold Soon

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The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has said that the Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, is set to change the fortunes of the culture and tourism sector in Nigeria, and that one major step in this direction is the convening of a Culture and Tourism Summit for stakeholders, billed to take place in Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State.

Lai Mohammed, who stated this Thursday, 18 February, 2016, in his office at the Federal Secretariat Complex, Abuja-FCT, while inaugurating a committee to plan and organise the Summit, noted that culture is critical to the development of tourism, as culture drives tourism, and that it is the symbiotic existence of the two that can bring about sustainable development of the sector.

According to him, the Summit aims at sensitizing states to the abundant culture and tourism potentials they have and how they could effectively tap them to enhance their internally generated revenue, stressing that it is when local tourism thrives that such states could make appreciable earnings from national and international tourism in government’s resolve to diversify the nation’s economy.

Some of the states that to partner the Ministry for the summit, due to their culture and tourism potentials, will likely include, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Edo, Lagos, Kaduna, Kano, Kebbi, Ogun, Osun, Taraba and the FCT, while Membership of the Committee is drawn from the Ministry and some chief executives of the Federal Cultural Parastatals.

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UniAbuja Holds 18th Edition Of Its Inaugural Lecture Series

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All is set for the18th Edition Of Its Inaugural Lecture Series of the University of Abuja, as the Dean of Arts and Professor in the Department of Theatre Arts of the University, Professor Mabel Itohanosa Erioyunvwen Evwierhoma deliver a lecture, entitled, “Mother is Gold: The Mater the Matter and Women-Centred Approaches in Nigerian Drama and Theatre”.

The event, which is organised by the Professor Bawuro Barkindo-led Inaugural Lecture Committee, will have the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Michael U. Adikwu, in attendance and will take place at the Main Auditorium, Faculty of Management, Main Campus of the University at 2.00pm

The lecture promises to be very exciting considering the volume of work Professor Mabel Evwierhoma has contributed to Gender Studies in Nigeria, and indeed Africa, and the fact that she has scored many firsts’ in her academic career, including, first female head of department, theatre arts; first female professor of Theatre Arts, University of Abuja; first female professor of theatre arts to be dean of arts; first female professor to present an inaugural lecture from faculty of arts; among others,

It will be recalled that as recognition of her numerous contributions to knowledge, a book, Gender Discourse in African Theatre, Literature and Visual Arts. A Festschrift in Honour of Professor Mabel Evwierhoma, edited by Tracie Utoh-Ezeajugh and Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, was produced in her honour.

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Biodun Jeyifo, BJ @ 70 Takes Place January 5

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The renowned Harvard professor, literary critic, Marxist scholar and newspaper columnist, Professor Biodun Jeyifo, (popularly known as “BJ”), will turn 70 next Tuesday, the 5th of January, 2016.

A statement by the organisers, Professors Yemi Ogunbiyi and Femi Osofisan disclosed that, a public lecture is being organized to mark the day, at the historic Arts Theatre, Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, starting at 11am.

The event will be under the chairmanship of the legendary Professor J.P. Clark-Bekederemo, with Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and cultural icon, Dr. Lekan Are, as Special Guests of Honour, while another renown literary scholar, Professor Dan Izevbaye, will be delivering a paper on the topic, “The Critic’s Calling."

The organisers further enjoined all theatre and literary scholars to turn up in droves to honour this illustrious son of Africa, cherished colleague, friend and mentor.

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Cultural Education An Important Aspect Of Learning – Anyaoku

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Chief Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, has stressed the importance of Cultural Education as an important aspect of learning in any society all over the world.

He stated this in a key note address he presented at the opening of an exhibition marking the 70th Anniversary of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), on Thursday, 17th December, 2015 at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos.

Anyaoku, who expressed his displeasure over the removal of the teaching of History as a subject from our schools curriculum in Nigeria by a past regime, said that History has a major role to play in the development of any nation, quoting the Roman philosopher, Cicero that, “to be ignorant of the past is to remain always a child.”

He thus advocated the reintroduction of the teaching of History in the Nigerian schools system.

Louis Eriomala

Director, NICO Lagos Office

Chinese Govt Willing To Partner NICO On 2016 Programmes

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mr yan xiang dongThe Director, Chinese Cultural Centre in Nigeria, Abuja, Mr. Yan Xiang Dong has said the Chinese Government will be glad to partner the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), especially on programmes that will give China a better understanding of Nigeria’s cultural policy and diplomacy.

Yan Xiang Dong disclosed this at the Meeting Room of the Chinese Embassy, Central Business District, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), on Tuesday, 22nd December, 2015 when the Executive Secretary of NICO, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma led a team of staffers on a “Thank You” visit to the Embassy.

According to the Director, China desires to have a deeper understanding of Nigeria’s cultural policy as well as the direction of the country’s cultural diplomacy and NICO is the right organ of government that can provide China with such knowledge; hence, the need for deeper collaborations.

His words: “NICO is a place to study the Cultural Policy of Nigeria and also Nigeria’s Cultural Diplomacy and that is the area we are very interested in and want to concentrate on. So, whatever area you want us to come in, we will be glad to do so because it will enable us to have an overview of Nigeria’s Cultural Policy and also cultural diplomacy so that we can introduce to our Ministry of Culture in China for them to know how to communicate, exchange and cooperate with Nigerian counterparts.”

Earlier in his remark, the ES of NICO, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma had solicited support from the Chinese Cultural Centre in Nigeria and indeed the Chinese Government on what Nigeria can learn from the Chinese experience of using culture as a driver in the development of their country.

“Recently, we organized a Seminar in Cultural Diplomacy and it was an eye-opener; and next year, we want to see how we can take it to the next level. We are also thinking of a Quarterly Public Lecture Series and we want you to come and tell us how China is using culture to develop the country and what examples we can learn from China,” Ayakoroma said.

He stated further: “Because it is a quarterly event, we want to discuss with you on how the China Cultural Centre and the Embassy could be involved in that programme and use the opportunity to assist us mobilize the diplomatic community to be part of the public lectures because when we finish from China, we may look in the direction of another country to tell us how they are using culture to develop their economy.”

The ES used the opportunity to express appreciation to the Chinese Government for the opportunity it gave NICO to nominate nine (9) officers to attend series of seminars and workshops organized through the China Academy for Cultural Administration (CACA), which, he said, had done a lot in profiling the Institute, saying he had always been impressed with the approach of the Chinese Government.

In the delegation of the ES were: Mr. Alex Omijie (Director, Orientation and Cultural Affairs), Mr. Law Ezeh (Special Assistant to the ES), Mr. Segun Adegbaju (Assistant Director, Cultural Affairs), Mr. Ibrahim Malgwi (Head of Protocol), Mr. Emeka Bokolo (PA to the ES), and Mr. Caleb Nor (Media Assistant to ES).

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja

NICO SWZ Welfare Scheme Puts Smiles on Staffers’ Faces

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The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) South-West Zonal Office Staff Welfare Scheme has put smiles on the faces of its members, in the spirit of the Yuletide Season, as they each went home with a 25kg bag of rice and three (3) litres of vegetable oil.

Reacting to the development, the Zonal Head, Mr. James Imohiosen, commended the effort of the leadership of the Scheme, headed by Mr. Chris Sodje, for the laudable ideas put together to making sure that members of the Scheme have something tangible to go home with at the end of the year even as they have given tremendous support in terms of cash gift and mobilizing members to attend ceremonies of staffers that had cause to celebrate in Year 2015.

Imohioson equally appreciated the gesture showed to him as part of the beneficiaries, despite joining the Scheme half way, and enjoined the Exco to extend a hand of fellowship to the less privileged out there, particularly the orphanages in subsequent years.

Also lending her voice in appreciating the laudable strides of the Scheme, Mrs. Adesuwa Eze commended the good work the Scheme has so far been doing since its formation, saying: “From the depth of my heart, I am very happy with what am seeing here today. A thing of this nature has never happened since the creation of the Zonal Office;” adding that, the executive should count on her support whenever needed.

Speaking on behalf of the Exco, the Chairman, Mr. Chris Sodje commended the effort of members in fulfilling their financial commitment to the Scheme despite the fact that contributions were not deducted at source, but rather paid through the financial secretary, saying everything had to do with financial prudence and commitment.

It will be recalled that the NICO SWZ Welfare Scheme, which was conceptualized in November 2014 and had members contributing financially from January to December 2015, has Mr. Chris Sodje as Chairman, Mr. Lawrence Olajugbagbe as General Secretary, Mr. Stephen Zikala as Treasurer, Mrs. Comfort Ogunseemi as Financial Secretary, while Mr. Clement Oludemi is the Public Relations Officer (PRO).

Ogaga Anakpoha

Corporate Affairs Unit


NICO Training School Re-strategizes – Introduces Public Lecture Series

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Worried about the unimpressive patronage of its training school programmes in Lagos and the Abuja Study Centre by external students, Management of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) is re-strategizing ahead of the 2015/2016 academic session.

Part of the plans is to organize quarterly NICO Public Lectures Series, which will draw prominent personalities outside the academic as paper presenters on various topics under the auspices of the NICO Training School Seminar Series, including the NICO Annual Convocation Lectures.

The personalities to be engaged include politicians, captains of industry and heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), both at the federal, state and local government levels, including traditional rulers; and that, the quarterly public lecture series aims at further promoting the school, giving it greater visibility to encourage students to enrol for its programmes.

This idea was conceived during an interactive session on Friday, 18th December, 2015 at the Institute’s head office, Abuja, between the Management and the Academic Board of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), at the instance of the Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma.

According to Ayakoroma, the strategy will compliment his earlier directive to directors to be part of the contact/mobilization teams geared towards sensitizing culture workers in MDAs at the federal, state and local government levels to enrol for the programmes offered by the Training School.

The ES further directed all the directors to prevail on their subordinates to embark on aggressive marketing of the Training School programmes as it will be one of the criteria for assessments in subsequent staff promotions, considering how many persons staffers attracted to the school as it is being done in the private sector.

According to him, plans were underway for the Institute to collaborate with international cultural centres, such as the Chinese and Korean Cultural Centres, among others, in order to admit foreign students, and that he will also explore the possibility of synergizing with the National Assembly on the need to make cultural orientation part of their retreats in subsequent years.

On why the affiliation of the Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) programme with Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) has taken a long time, the ES informed that the university has approved postgraduate programmes for the department, further disclosing that, NSUK had engaged the services of three renowned theatre professors: Olu Obafemi, Rasaki Ojo Bakare and Jeremiah Methuselah, to strengthen and reposition the department, which will finally pave the way for the smooth running of the approved postgraduate programmes and add NICO Training School as an affiliate.

Present at the meeting were the Director, Research & Documentation, Prince Bamidele Olusa; Director, Orientation & Cultural Affairs, Mr. Alex Omijie; Acting Director, Admin. & Human Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim Hussaini; Deputy Director, Legal Services, Barr. Musa Kakamba; Deputy Director/SA-ES, Mr. Law Ezeh; Asst. Director/Coordinator NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Regina Onuoha, and other academic staff.

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Corporate Affairs

NTS, Abuja Study Centre

NICO Academic Board Approves First Semester Exams

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The Academic Board of NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre has approved the first semester results for the 2014/2015 academic session during a meeting held on Friday, 18th December, 2015, at the Institute’s head office in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The approval was sequel to the request of the Coordinator, Abuja Study Centre of NICO Training School, Dr. (Mrs.) Regina Onuoha, who presented the first semester exams report, saying the Abuja Study Centre was designed to undertake programmes leading to the award of Diploma in Cultural Administration (DCA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) for the 2014/2015 session but that the DCA Programme was put on hold for the next academic session.

The Coordinator reiterated the fact that accomplished university lecturers mostly from the University of Abuja and Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) were engaged to take students in ten (10) courses as provided in the curriculum of the Institute, while they were assisted by academic staff in the Institute.

In all, 27 students were admitted into the Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) but three of the students dropped out, leaving 24 students; while 23 of the students sat for the first semester exams.

Making further clarifications concerning the exams and students’ attitude to the programme, the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma said those who could not finish their 2014/2015 academic session due to their projects will be allowed to sit for their promotion exams next year, but on the condition that they will register for the programme afresh.

According to the ES, the idea of allowing them to write the promotion exam so that they do not miss their seniority was that their failure to meet the deadline for the submission of the projects was partially an administrative oversight and not totally their own fault.

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NTS Abuja Study Centre

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