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FG names Eriomala as NICO acting chief, Obiora heads museums commission


Lai Mohammed PHOTO: NAN

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has approved the appointment of Mr. Louis Okpako Eriomala, as the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation  (NICO).
In a letter dated November 30 and signed by the Director of Human Resource, Federal Ministry Of Information and Culture, Mr. Adebola Kayode, Erinomala was appointed with immediate effect as the Acting Executive Secretary, pending the appointment of a substantive Executive Secretary by President Mohammadu Buhari.
In a similar circumstance, the Minister also endorsed the appointment of Onuegbu Obiora, as the Acting Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments.
Obiora took over from Usman Abdallah, who completed his two terms of four years on October 27. Both Abdallah and former Executive Secretary, NICO, Dr. Barclays Ayakoroma, received their respective letters of appointment from former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2009.
Until their appointments, both Eriomala and Obiora were most senior directors in their respective agencies. Eriomala, who hails from Opuraja in Delta State, holds a B.Sc., Business Administration and M.Sc. Psychology, from the University of Lagos.He worked as a Management Consultant before joining NICO in November 1996, as Assistant Chief Cultural Officer (Corporate Affairs).  
He was appointed pioneer Liaison Officer, Lagos office 2002 and later deployed to Abuja in 2004, as the Acting Head, Research and Documentation. In April 2009, when NICO South-West Zonal office was opened in Akure, Ondo State, Mr. Eriomala was posted there as the pioneer Zonal Coordinator, where he designed programmes and activities that impacted the agency and the staff immensely.  
In February 2012, Mr. Eriomala was transferred back to NICO head office, Abuja, as Director, Research and Documentation. However, as a result of his commitment to duty, he was in April 2013, sent back to Lagos Liaison Office as a Director.    His glaring leadership quality distinguished him in 2014, for nomination as a Member of Global Public Diplomatic Network  (GPDNet) – an international body of public/cultural diplomacy practicing institutions from medium power countries, to promote peace and understanding among member nations.   Until his appointment as the Acting Executive Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of NICO, Mr. Eriomala was the Director, NICO Liaison Office, Lagos.
Obiora on the other hand, is a native of Adazi-elu in Anaocha, Anambra State. He holds a B.Sc. in Political and Administrative Studies from the University of Maiduguri. He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) Degree in 1992/93 from University of Lagos, and was called to the Bar (BL) in 1995. He is a Certified Advanced Personal and Human Resources Manager and Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). He had a wide range of working experience in the private sector before he joined the service of NCMM in 1983.
He rose to the position of Director, Administration and Supplies in November 2013, a position he held until his appointment as the Acting Director General, National Commission For Museums and Monuments, on November 28.

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