The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, came into existence as a result of a joint initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during the World Decade for Cultural Development Programme (WDCD) (1988-1997). WDCD emphasized the need for culture to be brought to the fore in the development of nations.
The Institute was subsequently established by Decree No. 93 of 1993, with the primary responsibility of promoting positive cultural values and harnessing culture for national development, as enunciated in the 1988 Cultural Policy for Nigeria.
NICO has the mandate of effecting a sense of cultural direction and relationship to meet the challenges of social integration, unity, and peaceful co-existence for national development. This is pursued through inter-agency, inter-sectional and inter-disciplinary programmes and projects, and research and documentation of Nigeria’s arts and culture.
President: Mr. Louis Okpako Eriomala
Mr. Louis Okpako Eriomala was born in April 17th, 1960 in Sapele, Delta State, Nigeria. He has a B.sc (Business Administration), University Of Benin, 1983, and an M.Sc (Psychilogy) University of Lagos, 2007.
He is an Associate Member Nigeria Institute of Management, Affiliate Member Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria and has varied work experience: As a lecturer during his National youth service programme (NYSC); As a consultant/Head of Administration and Finance Malcon Investment Nig. Ltd, Lagos.
Before joining the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in 1996, he was a Managing Partner in Erilo & Associates, Management Consultants in Manpower Training, Development and Corporate Services. He was employed in NICO as an Assistant Chief Cultural Officer and rose through the ranks. He headed the Institute’s Liaison Office, Lagos in 2008 and also lectured at the NICO training school, Lagos in its Post Graduate in Cultural Administration programme.
Later, he served as the Head of the Institute’s Zonal Office, Akure, Ondo State. He became Director and Head, Research and Documentation, Headquarters Abuja in 2012 and was a management staff up till the time he assumed the leadership of the Institute in 2017 as Acting Executive Secretary/CEO, a position he holds till date.
All these years while serving in different capacities, Mr. Eriomala has coordinated several Public Enlightenment programmes and National Conferences in Nigeria in line with the Institute’s mandate of Training and Orientation in cultural matters. The programmes have covered and explored themes on National Security, Peaceful Co-existence, Economic Development, Good Governance, Infrastructural development, Women and Youth Empowerment, Consolidation of Democracy etc.
He has attended many international conferences especially UNESCO related, for the Intergovernmental Committee on the Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. Presently he is the Representative Head of Institution in the Global Public Diplomacy Network (GPDNet).
Among his published write-ups are:
- Recruitment and Placement of Administration Officers in Bendel State Civil Service: A Critique (1983)
- Nigeria Indigenous Food
- Plight of Widows
- Modern Girl, A Bad Wish?
- Age and Sex Differences in Attitude towards Honesty among Nigerians. M.Sc Degree Project, 2007.
Mr. Louis Eriomala is married with children.