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Use museums to build relationships-DG

22 May 2014, 06:53

Lagos - Yusuf Abdallah, the Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), on Tuesday said that museums should be used to promote relationships and cultures.

Abdallah, who was represented by Edith Ekunke, the Curator of NCMM, Lagos, made the appeal during the International Museum Day celebration in Lagos.

The theme of the celebration was “Museum Collections Make Connections”.

"This day is an occasion to raise awareness on the importance of museums in the development of every society. This is done through collecting, researching into and exhibiting collections with the aim of preserving important historical relics, yet communicating in modern day language,” he said.

Abdallah said that museums are constantly facing challenges that made International Council of Museums (ICOM) to consider this year’s theme to attract more visitors around the globe.

"The idea is for visitors to patronise museums around the world and to learn more about different countries’ historical cultures and heritages,” he said.

Speaking, Ronke Ashaye, the guest speaker, urged Nigerians to constantly visit museums.

According to Ashaye, museum is a place where objects, artworks, artifacts, scriptures and collections are conserved and preserved for research and other purposes.

"Museum is an avenue where people and visitors can learn and know more about a country’s history and its culture,” she said.

She urged the commission to embark on publicity and awareness about the national museum’s potential.

"The commission should go via digital, internet and other social network to showcase and exhibit the museum potential that Nigeria is blessed with,” Ashaye said.

 Chiamaka Atuegbu, the winner of the essay competition organised by the commission to mark the Day, urged the Federal Government to encourage creativity.

Atuegbu sought collaboration of the organisation and other government agencies in empowering youths on creativity to develop their talents.

She expressed dissatisfaction at the poor condition of museums in the country, and urged the Federal Government to upgrade them to international standards.


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