By CALEB ANYANSINA
The Federal Government has said that it had identified 100 heritage sites across the federation to be declared national monument in commemoration of the country’s centenary celebration.
The Director General of National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) Malam Yusuf Usman, who revealed this when he received a delegation of curators from the North Eastern museums led by the Curator, Yola Museum, Mr Inuwa Babantata, in Abuja noted that those selected were related to amalgamation and colonial era.
According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan would make the declaration during the celebration in 2014.
He noted that the commission was currently studying some artefacts to determine their conservative status, in order to enhance the declaration that would be used to foster national unity in the country.
“100 heritage sites have been identified as National Monuments across the country especially those related to the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates, our colonial past and other things that relates to Nigeria.
“These 100 sites have been documented and the process of stakeholder’s consultation has been done. All the communities where the sites are located have been contacted and we are hopeful that after giving out notices in newspapers which is part of the conditions to be fulfilled, then it will be declared,” Usman said.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Inuwa Babantata, said they were in the commission to felicitate with DG on his re-appointment to steer the affairs of the commission for another four years.
He lauded the DG for his pro-activeness, innovation and determination to ensure transparency and accountability in the administration of the commission.