…My door is open for advice, says Yahuza

Oru Leonard

Correspondents of Arts, Tourism, Entertainment Writers Association (CATEWA), paid a courtesy visit to the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), today Thursday, December 3, 2020.

In his address during the visit, The Executive Secretary/ CEO NICO, Mr. Ado Muhammed Yahuza who appreciated CATEWA for the courtesy call on him noted that any Chief Executive that wants to fulfill their mandate must recognize the power of the media.

“As the NICO ES, I believe the media is important. I know the power of the media and I can tell you that NICO will work with your union because we believe in your strength and contributions.

“When I came in, I decided to resuscitate the ICT unit so that we could be visible online. Anybody who wants to be relevant has to read newspapers and relate with the media, and henceforth, we will relate with you in our programmes”, he assured.

He described language as key to unlocking the door of culture in any country. “When a people’s language is known, the culture can be easily learnt”, he added.

He disclosed that by 2021, his organization will extend an invitation to Embassies in the country to come and learn Nigerian languages and culture.

He said the focus on training will expand and to train staff of foreign Embassies likely to be Ambassadors. They need refreshers on the cultures of Nigeria.

“We will extend an invitation to these Embassies to come and learn our languages and culture to help expose our cultural resources. By 2021, we have envisioned that we will reach out to them, it may not be at once but we will do it gradually”, he said.

During her remarks CATEWA Chairman, Dr. Bridget Onoche who congratulated the ES on his appointment, said the aim of the CATEWA is to support the growth of the industry, set agenda, give advice when necessary, and also share ideas and experiences with heads of agencies.

“We are here basically to tell you that we are willing to partner with you and also we will be happy if you get us involved in your activities”, he expressed.

She the only cultural institution we have in the country, we are here to make you understand that we are available to support you to grow.

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