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Kadir seeks stakeholders’ involvement in repositioning Nigeria’s museums, promote culture

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The Acting Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Alhaji Abdulkerim Kadiri, has called for a concerted effort of stakeholders towards making Nigerian museums comparable to their counterparts around the world.

Kadiri, who spoke at the celebration of this year’s International Museums Day, believed that challenges confronting the nation’s museums could be surmounted if adequate commitment is demonstrated by all concerned.

Speaking on the relevance of the museums to national development, the Acting D.G. stressed that people must know their past and understand their present if they are to make proper plan for the future

With the Theme, ‘Museums as Cultural Hubs: The Future of Tradition,” he expressed delight that participation in International Museum Day is growing annually among stakeholders all over the world.

“The role of museums in society is changing. Museums keep reinventing themselves in their quest for becoming more interactive, audience-focused, community-oriented, flexible, adaptable and mobile agencies.

“While preserving their primary missions of collecting, conservation, communication, research and exhibition, museums have transformed their practices to remain closer to the communities they serve.

“Today, they look for innovative ways to tackle contemporary social issues and conflict.”

He added that locally, museums could serve to advocate and mitigate global problems as well as strive to meet the challenges of today’s society proactively.

“As institutions in the heart of society, museums have the power to establish dialogue between cultures, build bridges of a peaceful world and define a sustainable future.”

According to Kadiri, museums have increasingly grown into their roles as cultural hubs.

“They are also finding new ways to honour their collections, their histories and their legacies, creating traditions that will have new meaning for future generations and relevance for an increasingly diverse contemporary audience at a global level.”

The immediate past Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was at the event, informed of the economic viability of culture.

He stated that the desire to position the culture and tourism sector as the lever of Nigeria’s economic growth and development is in the understanding that no nation can excel without the inclusion of its culture and tourism parameters in its state affairs

“Today, we can look to the museum for innovative solutions to contemporary social issues and conflicts.

“Museums can be advocates of economic propagation through its tangible heritage.

“Cultural tourism generates about 40 per cent of the global tourism revenue. Visit to heritage sites provides revenue, sale of local crafts, music and cultural products can generate employment across the country”, he said.

He noted that museums have to become expansive of their role, not just in presenting and representing culture, but as spaces where ideas, values and desires converge and are contested.

The Minister urged the entire museum management and communities to seek opportunities through which cultural hubs are promoted to be viable economic ventures for sustainable tourism development.

Also speaking, the Chairman, Governing Board of NCMM, Umma Dambo Mamman-Da, stated that the rate at which the Nigerian tradition is being eroded by the western norms and values was alarming.

Mamman-Da therefore challenged Nigerians to join the museum in the struggle to reposition the nation’s culture and tradition in order to guarantee the future and existence as a people.


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