SIGHTS & SOUND of the celebration of international Museum Day and International Day for Monuments and Sites held on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at NTA Arena, Area 11, Abuja
Nigeria’s rich cultural diversity was on display Thursday in Abuja, as the country joined the international community to celebrate the 2022 International Day for Museums, Monuments and Sites.
This year’s event with the themes, “The Power of Museums”, and “Heritage and Climate”, gave Nigerians the opportunity to renew their appreciation of the important role individuals and institutions play in safeguarding the nation’s vast cultural heritage collections for the benefit of future generations.
Speaking at the event, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed, said the event aimed to celebrate Museums across the globe and to raise public awareness on the pivotal role played by the protection and sustainability of our heritage Sites for cultural tourism and socio-economic development.
The Minister who was represented by Dr. Ifeoma Anyawutaku, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, noted that Nigeria is endowed with rich cultural diversity and values of different ethnicities and languages, which birthed multiple aesthetic heritage Sites and Monuments that it is proud of today.
According to him, Nigeria is collaborating with UNESCO convention state parties on global best practices and information sharing on applied time-tested monitoring, mitigation, and adaptation practices.
He said the nation’s strategic engagement with traditional institutions, indigenous communities, security agencies foreign bodies, and other relevant stakeholders had resulted in the safe return of the Benin artifacts from Museums across Europe.
“This has continued to strengthen the drive of our Museums to foster unity through its collection and exhibitions while promoting self-reliance through its vocational skills acquisition programs,’’ Mohammed said.
Speaking earlier, the Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Prof. Abba Isa Tijani, said the celebrations were combined to accentuate the importance of our cultural consciousness, promoting awareness about the vulnerability of the world’s diverse Monuments and heritage Sites and efforts required to protect and conserve them.
Speaking on how the commission is adapting to and mitigating climate change which has drastically increased over time, he said it periodically reviews and updates its strategies to mitigate against any threat to the National Monuments and Sites.
Tijani said that the commission had also carried out restoration works on some national monuments such as Chief Odo Nwokolo House in Ukehe, Enugu State, and Chief Ochie Kalu House, Ndi Okereke Abam, Abia State.
“Others are first Tin Mining Beacon at Tilden Fulani in Bauchi State, Chief Okoroji House, Arochukwu, Abia State and Deji Akure Palace, Akure, Ondo state,’’ he said.
While remarks were made by special guests present, such as the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Nigeria Police, Nigeria Customs Service and others, cultural dances and special presentations were on display to thrill the audience.
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