Management of the National Museum of Unity, Ibadan has said that research into the tangible and intangible cultural heritage, including material and non-material culture of the nation will soon be in top gear.
The new Steward of the Museum, Prince Sikiru Adedoyin made this remark on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan.
Adedoyin stated that the museum is ready to liaise with the national museums and other stakeholders of the industry regarding antiquities, science and technology, warfare, arts and crafts, architecture, natural history, educational and research services.
According to Adedoyin, the museum will collaborate with the Oyo State Government and other concerned bodies concerning the management of museums and preservation of antiquities and monuments, especially those protected by national interest.
“We shall carry out investigations on the repatriation of heritage resources which have been removed or stolen from Nigeria.
“We will ensure establishing, compiling, updating, managing and publishing a national inventory of cultural property in Nigeria.”
“We will work toward exercising surveillance over the protection, conservation, restoration, maintenance, exhibition and accessibility of cultural property.’’
He said the development would ensure the establishment of more museums and declaration of national monuments and sites in different parts of the country.
Adedoyin also pledged to partner international cultural bodies such as the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and the International Centre for the Study of Restoration and Preservation of Cultural Properties (ICCROM) to manage our heritage better.
He said it was the responsibility of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments to ensure that the heritage resources were appropriately managed and packaged to improve tourism in Nigeria.
Adedoyin declared that the museum will invest in more social media Public representation aimed at creating more awareness on the significance and value of heritage resources.
“We will organize more educational programs for primary and secondary school’s students, embark on mobile and temporary exhibitions, using both tangible and intangible heritage resources.”
“We will drive for partnership with private organizations and public spirited individuals on programme and projects, geared toward the promotion and preservation of heritage resources.”
“Funding is a major challenge as budgetary allocation is not enough.”
“This can be addressed by reaching out to individuals and private bodies to partner with the museum, to actualize some of our lofty plans.”
“Also, grants can be solicited for in tackling some specific and urgent heritage conservation issues,” he said.”
Adedoyin advised the nation’s policy makers to develop an investment-friendly policy which will help to enhance our cultural heritage and boost the tourism sector and also to carry out a review of the National Heritage Legislation in order to accommodate present realities.
“Staff should cooperate with their employers by discharging their responsibilities as due.”
“Stakeholders, especially the traditional institutions and heritage related non-governmental organizations, should also be involved in driving for the promotion and preservation of heritage resources,” he said.