Preparation are in top gear by the Federal Government to convert 100 heritage sites across the federation into national monument as part of efforts to celebrate 100 years of Nigeria’s existence as a nation.
Director General of National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Mallam Yusuf Usman made the revelation while speaking to a delegation of curators from the North Eastern museums led by the Curator of Yola Museum, Mallam Inuwa Babantata in Abuja.
He said President Goodluck Jonathan would make the declaration during the celebration in mid February, 2014, adding that the commission was currently studying some artefacts to determine their conservative status in order to enhance the declaration that would be used to foster national unity in the country.
“100 heritage sites have been identified as National Monuments across the country especially those related to the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates, our colonial past and other things that relates to Nigeria.
“These 100 sites have been documented and the process of stakeholder’s consultation has been done. All the communities where the sites are located have been contacted and we are hopeful that after giving out notices in newspapers which is part of the conditions to be fulfilled, then it will be declared,” Usman said.
Earlier, Babantata, said they were in the commission to felicitate with DG on his re-appointment for another term of four years.