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The National Council for Arts and Culture was established by Decree No.3 of 1975 and amended by Decree No.5 of 1987 as one of the statutory organs of the Federal Government charged with the responsibility of coordination, preservation and  promotion of the living Nigeria=s Arts and Culture at national and international fora.


From time to time, the Management of the Council, in line with the policy directives of government, undertakes pro-active efforts towards re-focusing, re-engineering and repositioning the Council for greater efficiency and productivity.  Subsequently, we have in recent times,  reviewed and re-evaluated our existing programmes and projects and re-aligned them to be in tune with the present democratic dispensation and the Government Reform Programme.  

Mission Statement

The National Council for Arts and Culture Shall be dedicated to the promotion and the preservation of the best of the living Arts and Cultures of the People of Nigeria using it as resources for national integration and unity as well as to serve as catalyst for sustainable growth and Development of the Nation. 


To use culture as a cornerstone for building a solid nation where the citizens shall see its cultural diversity as a source of strength. 

Functions of The Council

As highlighted in its enabling Decree No. 3 of 1975 amended by Decree No. 5 of 1987, the statutory functions of the Council are:

i.        To promote and foster the appreciation, revival and development of Nigeria=s Arts and Culture.

ii.       To plan and co-ordinate cultural activities in Nigeria and foster the development of Literary, Visual and Performing Arts in Nigeria.

iii.      To organize and promote exhibitions in Visual, Performing and Literary Arts as may be determined from time to time by the Honourable Minister.

iv.      To coordinate inter-state cultural exchange activities.

v.       To render assistance to states in the fields of Arts and Culture.

vi.      To promote the development of music, traditional dance, drama, opera, cinema, film, photography, folklore, oral tradition, literature, poetry, painting and general arts, woodwork, embroidery, weaving and similar crafts.

vii.     To assist the Antiquities Commission established under section 3 of the Antiquities Act in the location, acquisition and preservation of artistic works, cultural monuments and depositories.

viii.    To establish with the approval of the Honourable Minister, Cultural Centres, Theatre Arts, Galleries and Crafts centres for the promotion of Arts and Culture.

ix.      To establish for the purpose of carrying out its functions, the National Endowment Fund for the Arts.

x.       To enhance the preservation of all the materials on culture that contribute positively to the image and personality of Nigeria. 

Schedule of Duty

Based on the statutory functions of the Council, as stated in Decree No. 3 of 1975 and

amended by Decree No. 5 of 1987 the under-listed are the schedule of duty:-

I.                   Establishing specialized Research Centres/Craft Development Centres/ Herbal

          Gardens Projects across Nigeria.

ii.   Organizing the meeting of Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation (CEC)

iii.  Organizing the yearly National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST)

iv.  Organizing the NCAC Honours Lecture/Awards

v.   Organizing the National Culture Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in

Nigeria 2nd edition.

vi.  Organizing the Culture of Peace and Dialogue Forum for Secondary Schools

vii. Promoting our indigenous dress, cultural and textiles traditions.

viii. Promoting indigenous games.

ix.  Collaborating with relevant Non-Governmental Organizations and Consultancy services.

x.   coordinating inter-state cultural exchange activities

xi.  rendering assistance to the states in the fields of Arts and Culture

xii. promoting the development of literary, visual and performing arts.

xiii. Any other assignment given by the Honourable Minister. 

Administrative Structure

The enabling Decree establishing the Council makes provision for a Director, who is also the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and responsible for the day to day administration and execution of programmes and policies of the Council.

Departments and Units

In achieving the mandate of the organization, there are three statutory and four professional Departments while three Units exit under the Directorate. There are also ten (10) zonal offices spread across the country with specific areas of focus:

i.                     Statutory Departments

a.         Personnel Management

b.         Finance and Supplies

c.         Planning, Monitoring and Statistics 

ii.          Professional Departments

a.         Arts and Design

b.         Performing Arts

c.         Research and Documentation

d.         Curatorial Services 

iii.         Units

a.         Press and Public Relations

b.         Legal

c.         Internal Audit 

iv.         Zonal Offices

For effective community impact of Council=s activities, ten (10) zonal offices were established across the country.  Each Zonal Office has a specialised focus and outreach unique to the Arts and Culture of the area where it is located.  Below is the list of the zonal offices, states of coverage and areas of focus. 




Offices and Addresses


States of Coverage


Areas of Focus




Bauchi Zonal Office, Floor 2, Room 82-84, Federal Secretariat, P.O. Box 3035, Bauchi. Tel: 077-640079


Adamawa, Bauchi, Gombe, Plateau and Taraba States.


Crafts and Traditional Medicine Development; Management of a National Crafts Development Centre and Herbal Garden, Bauchi.




Benin Zonal Office, Block AB@ 24 - Murtala Muhammed Way by Ikpoba Scope P. O. Box 12708, Benin City. Tel: 0802-3401-146


Benue, Delta, Edo and Kogi States.


Metal work and Wood Carving; and the management of a Herbal Garden, Ugbowo, Benin City.




Enugu Zonal Office, 1/12 Colliery Avenue, Off Okpara Avenue,  P. O. Box 17982, Enugu. Tel: 042-259805


Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.


Masks and Masquerade; and the Management of the National Research  Centre on Masquerade Tradition, Enugu.




Kaduna Zonal Office, Murtala Mohammed Square, P. O. Box 10693, Kaduna Tel: 062-215922


Kaduna and Niger States; and the FCT


Durbar, and the Management of the National Research Centre, on Durbar Tradition, Kaduna .




Kano Zonal Office, F.M.W& H. Maintenance Yard, Opp Pilgrims Camp, P. M. B. 3431, Kano

Tel: 0803-7187-834


Jigawa, Kano and Katsina States.


Traditional Medicine and Traditional Sports, and the Management of a Herbal Garden, Getso and National Crafts Development Centre, Kano.




Lagos Zonal Office, National Theatre Complex, P. O. Box 2959, Sure-Lere Lagos Tel: 01-833197


Lagos State


Development of Contemporary Art and Crafts and the staging of exhibitions.  Management of the Crafts Development Centre in Lagos.




Maiduguri Zonal Office, Federal Secretariat Complex, P. M. B. 1138, Maiduguri, Borno State.


Borno and Yobe States


Development of Visual Arts.  Management of the Crafts Development Centre to be established in Maiduguri.




Osogbo Zonal Office, Near FRSC Gbonga/Ife Road, P. M. B. 4447, Osogbo, Osun State.


Ekiti, Kwara, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Oyo States.


Development of Textiles Fashion and Management of the National Research Centre on Textile Tradition, Osogbo.




Sokoto Zonal Office, Room 360-362, Federal Secretariat, P. O. Box 4232, Sokoto. Tel: 060-237435


Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States.


Development of Literary Arts, Crafts and Traditional Medicine.




Uyo Zonal Office, 24 Atakpo Street, P.M.B 210, Uyo. Tel: 085-200179: 0802-3572-574


Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers State.


Boat Regatta Development; Crafts, and Management of the National Research Centre on Boat Regatta.

Achievements in 2006

The Council has carried out the following during the year.

i.        Organized a National Exhibition on Crafts tagged ATapping our Hidden Treasures@ in Abuja from 28th - 29th March, 2006. 

ii.       Organized the 5th NCAC Honours Lectures and Awards in Abuja on 30th March, 2006.

iii.      Organized the 25th Meeting of Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation Meeting in Asaba, Delta State from 10th - 13th May, 2006. 

iv.      Successfully participated at the 4th National Council for Culture and Tourism Meeting (NCCT) at which two memos were presented and approved in Jalingo, Taraba State, from 15th - 19th May, 2006.

v.         The Reforms Implementation Committee of the Council successfully carried out its assignment: i.e staff auditing, listing of exiting staff and cost implications as well as proposing a new structure for the Council.  All matters pertaining to the reforms in the Council have been concluded and forwarded to the mother Ministry for further action since May, 2006.

vi.         In collaboration with the Social Development Secretariat Abuja, organized the 1st FCT Traditional Wrestling Competition of the Area Councils from 29th - 30th June, 206.

vii.        Held three Board Meetings and Four Sub-Committee meetings respectively in the year (16th February 2006 - to date).

viii.       Organized the 26th Meeting of Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State from 17th - 20th July, 2006.

ix.         In collaboration with UNESCO, the National Council for Arts and Culture organized a National Workshop on Best Practices to Safeguard Endangered Nigerian Languages in Enugu, Enugu State on 3rd August, 2006.

x.         Prepared and packaged the 20th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture on the theme ACulture, Job Creation and Youth Empowerment@ at Yenagoa, Bayelsa State from 16th - 24th September, 2006 (but was cancelled on 18th during the official opening ceremony as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in the Airforce plane crash which occurred on the 17th of September, 2006).

xi.         Organized the 2nd National Culture Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria in Jos, Plateau State from 11th  - 14th October, 2006.

xii.        Commissioning of the Craft Development Centre at Lagos

The Council has of now established two out of its proposed four Crafts Development projects.  The Crafts Development Centres will provide opportunity for training of craftsmen and women, youth empowerment and serve as resource centres for the Poverty Alleviation Programme of the Federal Government.  The Crafts Development Centre in Lagos was commissioned in December, 2006.

xiii.       Commissioning of the Herbal Garden Project at Getso, Kano State

As part of its re-engineering effort, the Council successfully developed a Herbal Garden Project in Getso, Kano State as a pilot project for other gardens to be sited at Abakaliki and Benin respectively.  The gardens are proposed as conservatories for endangered species of herbs, shrubs and trees of medicinal, economic and social values among the people of Nigeria. When operational, the gardens are expected to serve as resource centres for traditional medicine practitioners, botanists, pharmacologists and researchers in  general.  Two out of the three Herbal Gardens are completed.  They are located at Getso in Kano State and Abina in Ebonyi State.  The Herbal Garden Project at Getso in Kano State was commissioned in December, 2006.

  1. xiv.       Participation in Abuja Carnival 2006

    The Council participated in the Abuja Carnival which took place from the 23rd - 26th of November, 2006.

    xv.        Management Retreat

    The Council held a Retreat for her management staff at the National Teachers= Institute Kaduna from 20th - 21st December, 2006.  The main objectives of the Retreat was to refocus the management to the various reforms that are on-going in the Public Service.  The retreat dwelt extensively on SERVICOM with a competent lecturer (in-charge of Servicom) from the office of the Head of Service (OHOS).  The Pension Act and its operation as well as other relevant issues pertaining thereto formed the second paper with IBTC (Pension Funds Administrators) providing the resource persons.  The Retreat rounded up with an interactive session among the management.  A communique was issued at the end of the meeting.

    xvi.       In addition to the above, the Council has a vibrant publication culture arising from:

    a.         Manuscripts generated within

    b.         Commissioned researches on Nigerian Arts and Culture

    c.         Sponsored publications especially aimed at encouraging literary development

    d.         Academic referred articles

    e.         Conferences/workshop proceedings 

    To date the Council has over 21 publications to its credit among which are:

    1.         National Creativity Fair, NAFEST >89 (1991) ed by Sule Bello

    2.         Culture and Decision Making in Nigeria (1991) ed by Sule Bello

    3.         Culture and the Book Industry in Nigeria (1993) ed by Sule Bello and A. Augi

    4.         Culture, Creativity and Development (2000) ed by Sule Bello.

    5.         Culture and Nation Building (......... ) ed by Ebun Clark & Dele Jegede

    6.         Policy and Operational Guidelines for the Library and Archives of NCAC

    7.         Policy and Operational Guidelines for the Botanical Garden of NCAC

    8.         The Coming Is Good: The Future in Nigerian Discourse by E. J. Alagoa (2003).

    9.         ADMADA: The NCAC Research Journal (2004)

    10.       The Book of Nigerian Cuisines. (not yet published) 

    Future Programmes/Projects to be embarked upon by the Council

    Participation at International/Local Exhibitions and Trade Fairs.

    Organizing Local Exhibitions on Crafts/Textiles and other unique manifestations of Nigeria.

  2. Organizing the 3rd National Culture Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria.
  3. Hosting the 27th/28th Meetings of Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation (CEC).

  4. Equipping the National Research Centre on Boat Regatta Traditions with relevant research materials.

  5. Equipping the National Research Centre on Textiles Traditions with relevant research materials.

  6. Commissioning of the National Research Centre on Masquerade Traditions, Enugu.

  7. Commissioning of Herbal Garden Project in Abina, Ebonyi State.

  8. Documentation/updating Nigerian Cuisines Development Project.

  9. Hosting of 2nd Traditional Wrestling Championship for the Federal Capital Territory Area Councils.

  10. Intensive Training of Intermediate/Senior Staff to make them meet up new Reform Goals.

  11. Organizing the 21st edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) with participation draw from the 36 states and FCT, Non-Governmental Organization and Sister Cultural Parastatals.

  12. Organizing the Culture of Peace and Dialogue Forum for Secondary Schools in the FCT.

  13. Organizing the 6th NCAC Honours Lecture and Awards. 


The National Council for Arts and Culture has the following as its constraints:

i.          Office accommodation:

ii.          Funding:

iii.         Upgrading the Council to Parastatal A or B.

Contact Address:

The Director/CEO

National Council for Arts and Culture

Cultural Centre,

Moshood Abiola Way,

P. M. B. 252

Garki - Abuja

Tel: 09-6706861, Fax: 09-2342360




Mr. Mwajim Malgwi Maidugu
National Council for Arts & Culture