Nico Matriculates 217 Maiden Students in Cultural Administration
The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) last week held its 1st convocation for 217 students of the institute in Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma in cultural administration.
The ceremony held at National Theater Iganmu, Lagos witnessed the presentation of certificates and awards to deserving graduands as well as cultural displays and lectures from distinguished scholars.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation Chief Edem Duke said that the NICO institute was established as a platform to meet the professional training and development needs of cultural officers at the federal, state and local government levels.
He said, “Our sector has been identified as one of the major growth drivers for achieving the nation’s vision. If the target of diversifying the nation’s economy base is to be met, cultural officers, who are strategic stakeholders, should be adequately trained and informed in line with the goals and vision of government.”
He said that the newly matriculated students expertise will be required in the in the development and promotion of the recently inaugurated National Heritage Council and Endowment for Arts.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma said that the institute established by the Federal Government in accordance with the objectives of the World Decade for Cultural Development (WDCD),declared by UNESCO has lived up to its mandate.
“We are witnessing the fulfilment of our dream of organizing both the 1st Matriculation and Convocation ceremonies of NICO training school this year, to give our students a sense of belonging. It is on record that today we matriculated 75 students currently registered for the Diploma and Post graduate Diploma programmes.”
While congratulating the graduands, Ayakoroma said, “To our graduands, you are lucky as you already occupy an enviable positions as pioneers in the capacity-building initiative in the culture sector, which is our contribution to the development of the country’s cultural workforce, making it more responsive in highlighting and harnessing the nation’s cultural resources for economic benefits, thus making culture central and the bedrock for national development.”
He noted that great countries of the world like USA, UK, Germany, France, China and Japan did not just have their economic and military powers thrust upon them; they achieved these by sheer sacrifice and massive investment in human capital development predicated on strong cultural foundation.
“It is therefore, our position that intensive cultural training like the ones offered by the Institute is a panacea to most of the problems we face as a nation. From insecurity of lives and property, massive unemployment, infrastructural decay, lack of trust for one another, and so on, can be adequately tackled through better understanding and appreciation of our potentials inherent in our culture,” said the NICO helmsman.