By Favour Nnabugwu

…Calls for states govt collaboration
Determined to make the country a hub for world heritage, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, NCMM has proposed three more sites for enlistment in the global heritage sites just as the commission calls on government of states to come to the help of the country’s heritage through support.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke made this appeal at this year’s World Heritage Day on the theme, “World Heritage and Sustainable Development, which held in Abuja.

The Minister said that federal government through the NCMM is soliciting the support and collaboration of states government across the country to supporting the commission in achieving its mandates more so, now that the nation’s heritage sites are on the increase.

A typical sample of Kano wall

“I am also aware that the National Commission for Museums and Monuments is processing 24 new properties for inscription on the National List.  The Commission has gone further to propose three (3) more sites – Oke-Idanre Cultural Landscape in Ondo State, Surame Cultural Landscape in Sokoto State and the Kano City Walls in Kano State for possible enlistment into the World Heritage List.” He said.

These three sites, he said “will add up the present 65 monuments/sites the country has, in addition to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.”

The Minister therefore appealed to the Government of Ondo, Sokoto, Kebbi and Kano States and other relevant stakeholders to collaborate with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments towards actualizing these projects adding that its completion will in turn bring about tourism, employment and economic growth in the respective States and the Nation at large.

Already the commission has succeeded in enlisting two sites into the World Heritage List- Sukur cultural landscape in Adamawa State and Osun Osogbo Sacred Grove in Osun State in 1999 and 2005 respectively.

The Minister however commended NCMM for diligently carrying out its functions, promising that the ministry will continue to support the Commission towards actualizing the enlistment of more monuments and sites into the World Heritage List.

Speaking at the event, Yusuf Abdallah Usman, NCMM’s Director General affirmed that the commission needs the support of the communities and other stakeholders for the realization of its set goals and objectives of preserving the nation’s monumental heritage for humanity. ‘I urge you all present to join us in preserving our monuments and sites so as to have a legacy to bequeath to the future generations.

The Commission today is tasked with the responsibility to gather the support of communities and other stakeholders for the development of our monuments.” He said.

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