As part of its efforts to use Nigerian indigenous languages to foster national unity, the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), will embark on opening ceremonies of its Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), across the country, from 2nd August to 5th September, 2012. The ceremonies, which will kick off the one-month intensive NILP, will take place in the six geopolitical zones of NICO in Nigeria.
NILP was initiated by the apex Cultural Institute in Nigeria to encourage Nigerians to learn and speak Nigerian indigenous languages; and those that are taught in programme in the Abuja Study Centre include, Efik, Fulfide, Gbagyi, Hausa, Igbo, Izon, Nupe, Tiv and Yoruba.
Apart from aiming at creating awareness on the need for people to speak Nigerian indigenous languages, the programme also inculcates a sense of national pride in the use of indigenous languages, and encourages the need to preserve these languages and promote cultural diplomacy.
It is open for both Nigerians and foreigners, and anyone who is part of it will learn how to communicate in more than one Nigerian languages. Thus, cultural workers, children, performing artistes, public relations officers, marketers, and cultural attaches, are encouraged to pick the form and register for the programme. The fee is N10, 000 only.
The schedule for the opening ceremonies is as follows:
Headquarters, Abuja - 2nd August, 2012 at Rockview Hotel, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja, by 10.am
Liaison Office, Lagos - 3rd August, 2012
South East, Owerri - 6th August, 2012
North-East, Yola - 6th August, 2012
South-South, Yenagoa - 8th August, 2012
South West, Akure - 8th August, 2012
North-Central, Ilorin - 9th August, 2012; and
North-West, Katsina - 5th September, 2012.
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