The National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO, has commenced nationwide training of officers and men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC on Indegenous language.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the programme at the NSCDC Headquarters in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Mr Ado Yahuza said the training is the annual Nigerian Indegenous Language Programme, NILP, in the Barracks for security personnel nationwide.
He said about one thousand officers and men of NSCDC would benefit from the training nationwide.
According to him, the training will enhance the capacity of not only the officers of NSCDC but also that of military and other para-military on intelligence and information gathering towards enhancing the security of lives and property across the country.
“It is noteworthy to state here that the importance of Indegenous languages to national development cannot be overemphasize because apart from being a strategic vehicle for the promotion and transmission of culture, it is also very important in fostering national identity national consciousness and integration” he stated.
The Executive Secretary of NICO who said the training would last for three months advised participants to take the programme seriously to enable the Institute achieve the desired objectives.
“At this juncture, I wish to assure the Commandant General of NSCDC, his staff and management team as well as the participants that the programme has been carefully packaged to achieve its objectives and we have assembled qualified and experienced resource persons who will discharge the responsibilities professionally” Mr Yahuza added.
In a remark, the Commandant General of NSCDC, Abubakar Audi commended NICO for the training.
The Commandant General who was represented by an Acting Deputy Commandant General, Nnamdi Nwinyi said the three months Indegenous language programme would go a long way in complimenting the day to day activities of NSCDC officers most especially at the grassroots.
Some of the participants expressed the hope that the training would provide them the opportunity to learn other Nigerian language aside their mother tongue.
They called for more programmes that would further boost their productivity.
By Matthew Ayoola