Include museum studies in school curriculum – Lai Mohammed
By Akon Eddy, Kaduna
Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has called for the integration of museum studies in the country’s education curriculum in order to appreciate their culture and tradition.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the call while addressing the retreat of Management Staff and Curators, National Commission of Museum and Monuments (NCMM), in Kaduna.
Lai Mohammed said the action will enable students to have deep knowledge of their culture, a sense of belonging as well as enable them to know their indigenous arts and industries at early age.
The Minister also urged the NCMM to create exhibitions to showcase cultural similarities among our ethnic groups to strengthen the cultural bond among Nigerians.
He urged the NCMM to induce cultural rebirth, reawakening and reorientation that would promote national peace and harmony as well as abide by its role for youth empowerment, employment generation and improve the non-oil revenue drive for Nigeria.
He charged NCMM to address the housing challenges for the potentials of the Centre for Earth Construction Technology, CECTech, to be well harnessed and reposition the outfit for training programs for youth, to promote indigenous technology in housing.
“Efforts should be geared at making more sites enlisted as World Heritage which will further widen the spot the nation occupies on the global cultural tourism map.
“That will rake in fund from local and international tourists for the non-oil drive of the present Federal administration.
“The Federal Government will not relent in repositioning cum leading a corrupt-free Nigeria as well as pursue a diversified economy less dependent on revenues from oil and seamlessly move the country back to its enviable position among the comity of nations”, he said.
Earlier, the NCMM Director General, Alhaji Yusuf Abdallah Usman stressed the essence of ethical rebirth of Nigerians to shape their minds and conduct as it I’d an intrinsic factor validating the museum variable platform to actualize aspiration of present administration.
“Museums hold the cultural wealth of the nation in trust for all generation and by its function and unique position, have become the cultural conscience of the nation.
“Museums promote better understanding on heritage as it fosters dialogue, curiosity cum self reflection,” the DG said.
The 2-day retreat is fashioned to provide the way forward for Nigeria cum contribute meaningfully as an agency for realising government’s set objectives in museums and fund from non-oil venture.
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