CEM REPORT | The Federal Government has revealed that it is collaborating with UNESCO, on excitable plans to address climate change related activity presently plaguing the country.
The Federal Government intends to achieve its plans through legislation by the National Assembly that will effectively curb the country’s climate change peculiar issues.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, while speaking at the 2022 International Day for Museums, Monuments and Sites themed “The Power of Museums, Heritage and Climate.’’ in Abuja on Thursday disclosed this.
He said the collaboration with UNESCO, will grant the country access to information on global best practices, on applied time tested monitoring, mitigation and adaptation practices.
“As the effect of climate change bites harder on various material evidences 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,’’
He further reiterated the federal government commitment to addressing the effects of climate change on the nation’s cultural heritage.
The minister represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs Ifeoma Anyanwutaku, speaking on the return of the country’s artifacts on foreign soil, said the safe return of the Benin artifacts from Museums across Europe is as a result of strategic engagement with traditional institutions, indigenous communities, security agencies foreign bodies and other relevant stakeholders.
“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,’
Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Prof. Abba Tijani, speaking on the day stated that the commission would ensure that the nation`s monuments and sites remained stable in the face of the uncertainties of climate change.
He further said restoration work had been performed by the commission on some national monuments.
According to NAN, he listed them to be;
“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,’’