International Museum Day: Curator calls for assessment of heritage sites
The Curator, National Museum of Unity, Ibadan, Mr Amos Olorunnipa, has called for risk assessment of heritage sites in the country to attract attention to them. Olorunnipa made the call on Wednesday at the 2016 International Museum Day held at the museum with the theme: ''Museums and cultural landscapes''. He said that cultural landscapes should be under the conservation stewardship of the museum, which had been overseeing the maintenance of monuments and sites. “The museum should be given a grant for the study of the stability of cultural and natural heritage, landscapes and structures, which have been plagued by loss of mosaic elements,” he said. The curator said that both individuals and stakeholders were responsible for protecting and enhancing the cultural landscape. Olorunnipa stressed that the nexus between museums and cultural landscapes which was neglected was a source of development and a means of providing additional opportunity for the country to diversify its economy for the betterment of Nigerians. “The challenge for all is to rise up for the identification, inventory, documentation, publication, and preservation of cultural heritage, especially the ones named after trees, hills and rivers. “We are ready to partner with the state government, private organisations, communities as well as individuals to enable us carry out activities effectively,” Olorunnipa said. Rev. Taye Adeyemo, who also delivered a lecture on the topic, said that Ibadan has a population of 3, 565, 108 and a landmass of 27, 000 sq km. Adeyemo said that Ibadan is a huge city of green trees, adding that its topography gave a clear picture of a land on the hills and valleys. “Ibadan has so many historic monuments and tourist sites; it has enviable and attractive landscape and there is no better place to visit but due to neglect of these natural blessings, people are not visiting,” he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that students, pupils of primary and secondary schools, other stakeholders were present at the event. The highlight of the event includes planting of indigenous trees, free gallery tours and cultural displays. NAN reports that the International Day for Museum is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are to the development of the society. Every year since 1977, the Day is organised worldwide on May 18 by many countries.