The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), a Parastatal of the
Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with the United
Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has
concluded plans to organize a 2-Day National Conference on the theme: “Culture, Peace and National Security: The Role of Traditional Rulers”.

According to a  press statement signed by Caleb Nor, on behalf of the Acting Executive Secretary of NICO, Mr. Louis Eriomala, says the conference is in furtherance of NICO’s mandate of sensitizing the populace to the cultural dimension of sustainable peace and security in Nigeria, with particular reference to royal fathers, who are the custodians of our culture and traditions.

According to the release, the conference will begin from January 30th-31st, 2018 at the Professor Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall, UCH, Ibadan, Oyo State.

It added that the objectives of the conference are to underscore the importance of culture, peace and security to national development; promote a culture of peace and non-violence among the citizenry; sensitize
traditional rulers to their roles in the sustenance of peace and security in
Nigeria; re-appraise the efforts of traditional rulers in the sustenance of peace and security in their domain; encourage the integration of traditional and modern strategies in conflict management and promote sustainable peace and security re-orientation among Nigerians among others.

The 2-Day National Conference, which will have the Honourable Minister of
Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed as Special Guest of Honour,
will be chaired by Professor Oladipo Ayodeji Banjo, CON, Former Vice
Chancellor, University of Ibadan.

While His Excellency, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, the Executive Governor of
Oyo State will be the Keynote Speaker, the Royal Father of the Day will be
His Royal Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), the Ooni of Ife.

Professor Olu Obafemi of the University of Ilorin will serve as chairman of
the technical sessions for the conference, which has resource persons drawn from the academia to do justice to carefully selected sub-themes. It is also worthy of note that the conference promises to be a veritable platform to
deliberate and proffer solutions to issues bothering on national security and the role traditional rulers can play.

This is the 4th edition of the National Conference on Culture, Peace and
National Security, aimed at sensitizing traditional rulers to their roles in sustaining peace and security in Nigeria.