From Umar Dankano,Yola
The National Institute For Cultural Orientation, NICO, has organised a 2-day conference on culture, Zonal intervention projects and national development for stakeholders in Adamawa state.
Declaring the programme open in Yola on Wednesday,Executive Secretary and Chief Executive officer of the parastatal (NICO),Ado Mohammed Yahuza said “a profound understanding of the place of culture as the bedrock and roadmap to national development is imperative in our quest for meaningful progress and sustainable socio-political and economic development of our nation.”
Represented by the Director Administration and Human Resources,Ibrahim Hussaini, he said no nation can achieve meaningful development where its culture is not accorded priority attention in its development agenda.
“Experts have rightly observed that development efforts have failed because the cultural dimension was ignored.
“It is in this regard that the introduction of Zonal intervention fund,a product of Executive-legislative synergy and consensus received national commendation when it was initiated because it satisfies the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
“The Zonal intervention projects (ZIP) is a well thought out development mechanism designed to foster equitable distribution of economic, political and socio-cultural development projects in the constituencies of lawmakers by various ministries,Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.
“It is gratifying to state that through Zonal intervention projects,many communities that were hitherto neglected have benefited from this commendable strategy “,Yahuza explained.