Technocrat Media, Abuja
Lai Mohammed, minister of information and culture, says the Federal Government is working with the National Assembly to initiate new legislation to address deforestation, industrial pollution, and other climate change-related issues.
The minister disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at the commemoration of the 2022 International Day for Museums, Monuments, and Sites.
He was represented by Mrs Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, the permanent secretary of the ministry of information and culture who spoke on the theme – “The Power of Museums, Heritage and Climate’’ of the event.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the minister expressed the government’s commitment to addressing the effects of climate change on the nation’s cultural heritage.
“As the effect of climate change bites harder on various material evidence of Nigeria’s cultural heritage, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is working hard with the National Assembly to come up with a legislation that adequately addresses socio-economic activities.
“These activities are deforestation, industrial pollution and other associated activities that have the potential to negatively affect the already delicate native of our heritage resources,’’ Mr Mohammed said.
The minister added that Nigeria is collaborating with UNESCO convention state parties on global best practices and information sharing on applied time-tested monitoring, mitigation and adaptation practices.
He said the nation’s strategic engagement with traditional institutions, indigenous communities, security agencies foreign bodies, and other relevant stakeholders had resulted in the safe return of the Benin artifacts from Museums across Europe.
“This has continued to strengthen the drive of our Museums to foster unity through its collection and exhibitions while promoting self-reliance through its vocational skills acquisition programmes,’’ Mohammed said.
Also speaking, Prof. Abba Tijani, director-general of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), said the commission would ensure that the nation`s monuments and sites remained stable in the face of the uncertainties of climate change.
The don said that the commission had also carried out restoration works on some national monuments such as Chief Odo Nwokolo House in Ukehe, Enugu State, and Chief Ochie Kalu House, Ndi Okereke Abam, Abia State.
“Others are first Tin Mining Beacon at Tilden Fulani in Bauchi State, Chief Okoroji House, Arochukwu, Abia State and Deji Akure Palace, Akure, Ondo state,’’ he said.
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