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.
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
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
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:-
Establishing specialized Research
Centres/Craft Development Centres/ Herbal
Gardens Projects across
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
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.
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
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:
a. Personnel Management
b. Finance and Supplies
c. Planning, Monitoring
a. Arts and Design
b. Performing Arts
c. Research and
d. Curatorial Services
a. Press and Public
c. Internal Audit
iv. Zonal Offices
For effective community impact of
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
Benin Zonal Office, Block
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
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
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
Zonal Office, 24 Atakpo Street, P.M.B 210, Uyo. Tel:
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
iii. Organized the 25th
Meeting of Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation Meeting
in Asaba, Delta State from 10th - 13th
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
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
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
x. Prepared and packaged
the 20th edition of the National Festival of Arts and
Culture on the theme
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
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.
Abuja Carnival 2006
The Council participated in the
Abuja Carnival which took place from the 23rd - 26th
of November, 2006.
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
a. Manuscripts generated
b. Commissioned researches
on Nigerian Arts and Culture
c. Sponsored publications
especially aimed at encouraging literary development
d. Academic referred
To date the Council has over 21
publications to its credit among which are:
Fair, NAFEST >89
(1991) ed by Sule Bello
Culture and Decision
Making in Nigeria (1991) ed by Sule Bello
Culture and the Book
Industry in Nigeria (1993) ed by Sule Bello and A. Augi
and Development (2000) ed by Sule Bello.
Culture and Nation
Building (......... ) ed by Ebun Clark & Dele Jegede
Operational Guidelines for the Library and Archives of NCAC
Operational Guidelines for the Botanical Garden of NCAC
The Coming Is Good:
The Future in Nigerian Discourse by E. J. Alagoa (2003).
ADMADA: The NCAC
Research Journal (2004)
The Book of Nigerian
Cuisines. (not yet published)
Future Programmes/Projects to
be embarked upon by the Council
International/Local Exhibitions and Trade Fairs.
Exhibitions on Crafts/Textiles and other unique manifestations
- Organizing the 3rd
National Culture Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Nigeria.
27th/28th Meetings of Chief Executives of
Culture of the Federation (CEC).
the National Research Centre on Boat Regatta Traditions with
relevant research materials.
the National Research Centre on Textiles Traditions with relevant
of the National Research Centre on Masquerade Traditions, Enugu.
of Herbal Garden Project in Abina, Ebonyi State.
Nigerian Cuisines Development Project.
2nd Traditional Wrestling Championship for the Federal
Capital Territory Area Councils.
Training of Intermediate/Senior Staff to make them meet up new
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.
the Culture of Peace and Dialogue Forum for Secondary Schools in the
the 6th NCAC Honours Lecture and Awards.
The National Council for Arts and
Culture has the following as its constraints:
i. Office accommodation:
iii. Upgrading the Council to
Parastatal A or B.
National Council for Arts and Culture
Moshood Abiola Way,
P. M. B. 252
Garki - Abuja
Tel: 09-6706861, Fax: 09-2342360