Nigeria Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) has trained 30 officials of Delta Ministry of Culture and Tourism on how to boost the creative industry in their state.

The two-day training on optimising the creative industry took place at NICO Training School Complex, National Theatre Annex, Iganmu, Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training was

themed; ‘Optimising The Arts, Culture And Entertainment Industry For Social-Economic Development In Delta State.’

The Director of NICO Training School, Mrs Bridget Yerima, told NAN that the capacity building was at the instance of Delta State Government.

“This is like one in a series. We did one with Lagos State recently and we are also working with other states on the capacity building of their staff.

“This one is funded by NICO and the Delta State Government, dedicating our resources for training and partnership as our mandate to train and retrain,” she said.

The NICO boss  urged the participants to take advantage of the training to enrich their performance.

The President, National Association of  Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP), Mr Israel Eboh, also said NANTAP had benefited from NICO and it was a worthy experience.

“Yes, there may be delay in planning the training but it is always a worthy experience. It is capacity building and we appreciate it.

“A lot is missing in organisations today as we see people still utilising old modes of operation. This is where NICO comes in and we are happy this is happening today,” he said.

One of the facilitators, Prof. Douglas Anele, University of Lagos, who spoke on Culture Entrepreneurship and Community Empowerment, said that the workshop would create more entrepreneurs.

“As you are aware Niger Delta is rich in cultural diversity, cultural artefacts, festivals, you know all kinds of instruments that can be preserved into a cultural home of the country.

“Niger-Delta has all it takes, what is missing is that intellectual input to open people’s eyes to see the opportunities for community empowerment.

“My motive is to provide an intellectual pointer that can point people in the direction of cultural entrepreneurship.

” This would discourage people from waiting for handouts from politicians, multinational oil companies or community leaders,” he said.

Dr Stanley Ohenhen from Bowen University, Iwo, Osun, also spoke on leveraging the social media for cultural promotion and youth development.

Ohenhen said the social media and the youths were powerful tools which when properly managed could aid economic development.

“80 per cent of social media users are youths and the future rests in them; so if government and others can enable the youth key into it, our culture will benefit from it.” he said.

Among topics discussed at the workshop were promoting peace through culture, unlocking opportunities in Delta State and Marketing Nigerian arts and culture.

A Director from Delta Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr Anaziah, told NAN that the training was held to make staff more effective.

“This training will make the staff of Delta State Ministry of Culture and Tourism more efficient.

“They will also become trainers and also put in the knowledge they have gained into practice,” he said.

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