The National Institute for Cultural Orientation, a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation was established by Act 93 of 1993.
The Institute has the primary responsibility of harnessing our cultural resources to meet the challenges of social integration, peace, unity and national development. It also serves as vital force for promoting Nigeria’s programme of Cultural Diplomacy and energizing the various cultural establishments in the new direction advocated by Nigeria’s Cultural Policy and the World Decade for Cultural Development (1988-1997) declared by the United Nations.
NICO has a vision to be the apex and leading Cultural Training Institute in Nigeria and Nigeria’s contribution to world progress and civilization through research and documentation and cultural assets and services, both tangible and intangible.
NICO also has the mandate to train cultural officers, motivators and communicators who would be grounded in Nigerian cultural realities, philosophy and practices that are essential for national integration, peace, unity and development in a multi-ethnic nation.
The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) was established by Act 93 of 1993, as a joint initiative of the Nigerian Government and UNESCO during the World Decade for Cultural Development Programme (1988-1997), which emphasized the cultural dimension of development. Under this point arrangement, the Institute was established with the primary responsibility of promoting positive cultural values and harnessing culture for national development. The idea is also enunciated in the Cultural Policy for Nigeria (1988).
To be the Apex and leading Cultural Training Institute in Nigeria which will energize various cultural establishments and contribute to world progress and civilization through research and documentation of cultural assets and services, both tangible and intangible.
To train cultural development officers, motivators and communicators who would be grounded in Nigeria cultural practices, realities, philosophy and practices that are essential for national integration, peace, unity and development in a multi-ethnic nation.
To constantly spearhead the provision of innovational research aimed at making culture the vector for national integration and development.
According to sub-section 3(1) (a) and (b) and 2 (a-g) of section 3 of the Act establishing NICO, the objectives and functions of the Institute are as follows:
Serve as a focus for orientation in cultural matters for Nigeria’s policy makers and other government officials.
Develop cultural materials for promoting the cultural image of Nigeria nationally and internationally and use them for the realization of the nation’s Cultural Diplomacy objectives.
Train Cultural Development Officers who will integrate Nigeria’s culture into the educational system at all levels to facilitate the practical application of the Nigerian culture in everyday activity.
Promote and develop relevant curricula aimed at integrating Nigeria’s culture into the educational system at all levels.
Carry out public enlightenment campaigns of the various facets of Nigeria’s culture to effectively mobilize Nigerians towards a culture-oriented lifestyle; and
Sponsor and undertake research into all aspects of Nigeria’s arts and culture.
NICO is headed by a Governing Board which consists of a Chairman appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representatives from the culture sector, the Executive Secretary, and other distinguished persons from different sectors of the economy. The tenure of the Board is fixed (usually four years), based on approval of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Board can be dissolved by the President upon recommendation. Where the Governing Board is not in place, the Honourable Minister incharge of the Ministry supervises.
The Chief Executive Officer:
NICO is headed by an Executive Secretary, who is responsible for the execution of the policies and programmes of the Institute and its day to day administration. Under the Office of the Executive Secretary are the Corporate Affairs, Audit and Legal Units.
NICO is made up of five (5) departments, namely: a) Administration & Human Resources, b) Finance & Accounts, c) Orientation & Cultural Affairs, d) Research & Documentation; and e) Training School.
A new Governing Board of the Institute was inaugurated on 23 October 2013, by the Honourable Minister of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke.
Membership of the Board, as appointed by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, is as follows:
Alhaji Ibrahim Isma’il – CHAIRMAN
Execuitve Director/CEO, National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC) – MEMBER
Execuitve Director/CEO, Centre for Blacks and African Arts & Civilisation (CBAAC) – MEMBER
Representative of National Universities Commission (NUC) – MEMBER
Director-General, Nigerian Institute for International Affairs (NIIA) – MEMBER
Representative of Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism & National Orientation – MEMBER
Representative of National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM-UNESCO) – MEMBER
Representative of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) – MEMBER
Representative of Centre for Management Development (CMD) – MEMBER
Executive Secretary/CEO, NICO – Member/Secretary
The function of the Board is to formulate policies and set up achievable goals that will project NICO as the foremost Cultural Institute in Nigeria and work towards its attainment.