By CALEB ANYANSINA
The Minister of Tourism Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke had disclosed plans by the Federal Government to establish the Nigerian Air Force Museum.
The Museum is to be built through partnership between the Nigerian Air Force and the Ministry Of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation.
Chief Duke disclosed this in Abuja during a meeting with the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Bade to discuss the mechanism to be employed in the project.
Duke said that the Air Force Museum would aid the Federal Government and the Nigerian Air force to preserve equipment used by the Force which would act as a learning field for Nigerian students.
“The project will promote the desire for Nigerians to enlist in the service and promote our image as a country to the rest of the world,” he said.
The minister said that the Ministry through the National Commission for Museums and Monument (NCMM) would incorporate private sector to actualise the establishment of the Air Force Museum, which would be a world class museum.
According to him, “I am irrevocably committed to realize this vision; military in Nigeria has a very rich history, right from pre-colonial, to colonial, to independence and even to the present day peace keeping mission.”
The minister called on the other services to emulate Air Force, while urging President Goodluck Jonathan to see the project as part of his legacy, thereby lending his support to it.
Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh said that his visits to other countries Air Force museum motivated the Nigerian Air Force to establish its own.
He explained that the service had since 1980s been striving to have a world class museum but the effort was aborted, before it was revisited in 2010, adding that the service was to site the project in its permanent site along Airport express way in Abuja.
In another development, Chief Duke has called on the Government of Kebbi State to involve strategic local and international partners to ensure that the 2014 Argungu Fishing Festival is a success.
Duke in a meeting with the Deputy Governor of the State, Alhaji Mohammed Aliyu in Abuja, urged him to immediately raise a committee that would organise the festival comes February 2014.