12 November 2020 By Mathew Ayoola
The National Institute for Cultural Orientation, NICO has trained over two thousand military and para military personnel on Nigerian Indigenous Languages.
The Executive Secretary of NICO, Mr Ado Yahuza made this known while speaking at the closing ceremony of the Institute’s second edition of Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme tagged “Language in the Barracks” held at NSCDC Headquarters in Sauka, Abuja.
Mr Yahuza who was represented by the Director of Research and Documentation, Mrs Chioma Duru xplained that the Language Programme which was held in Abuja, Lagos and all NICO’s Zonal Offices across the country lasted for two months.
The Executive Secretary of NICO said the programme was to foster civil relations, peace, unity and social integration among the participants and Nigerians in general.
He explained that the programme was also aimed at enhancing intelligence gathering and performance of the beneficiaries in securing lives and property in the Country.
In a remark, the Commandant General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Alhaji Muhammed Gana commended NICO for constantly promoting Nigerian Indigenous languages.
The Commandant General who was represented by a Deputy Commandant General of NSCDC, Jonathan Iyogho said the programme would no doubt boost the productivity of the military and paramilitary personnel across the Country.
According to him, NSCDC would continue to collaborate with NICO in the area of training and retraining of its men and officers.
Highlights of the programme were cultural display of the three major Nigerian languages and presentation of certificates to the participants.