Nigeria Eyes More UNESCO World Heritage Sites

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said plans to enlist more of the nation’s cultural sites as UNESCO World Heritage Sites is underway. He said this during his visit to the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove in Osun State, South-west Nigeria,Tuesday. Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove is one of the country’s only two World Heritage Sites.

Like Oliver Twist Nigeria wants more. The minister who supervises Nigeria Tourism, the public sector tourism, explained that Nigeria’s quest to have more sites designated as World Heritage Sites is due to the abundance of sites that qualify for such listing in the country.

Mohammed had said the country would leverage on its election into the UNESCO World Heritage Committee last month to push for the enlistment of more sites.“The essence of this visit, gentlemen, is to renew national and global attention on this World Heritage Site, and to formally announce our plan to enlist more sites as World Heritage Sites. As you are aware, Nigeria has many veritable sites that meet the requirements of being declared World Heritage Sites. We are taking immediate steps to first enlist the sites on the Tentative List, after which they can be inscribed as World Heritage Sites,” he said.

The minister listed the sites being considered for World Heritage Site designation as the ancient Kano City Walls, which witnessed the famous Trans Sahara Trade of which Kano was the dominant force.“This trade linked the great kingdoms and empires of West Africa with North America and even Europe. Last month, we successfully obtained a court order restraining persons encroaching on the Kano City Walls and Associated Sites,” he noted.

The ministry is planning a similar visit to the Sukur Cultural Landscape. “Fortunately for us, our gallant men and women in uniform have succeeded in repelling the attempt by the Boko Haram terrorists to destroy the Sukur Cultural Landscape,” Mohammed said.

In the course of his tour of the 75-hectare Grove, the minister visited the Osun River; the first palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo; the hanging bridge constructed by the British in 1936; and other historic sites. The Minister later paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.

In the course of his tour of the 75-hectare Grove, the Minister visited the Osun River; the first palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo; the hanging bridge constructed by the British in 1936; and other historic sites.The Minister later paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola. 9999

Alhaji Mohammed said the country would leverage on its election into the UNESCO World Heritage Committee last month to push for the enlistment of more sites.“The essence of this visit, gentlemen, is to renew national and global attention on this World Heritage Site, and to formally announce our plan to enlist more sites as World Heritage Sites. As you are aware, Nigeria has many veritable sites that meet the requirements of being declared World Heritage Sites. We are taking immediate steps to first enlist the sites on the Tentative List, after which they can be inscribed as World Heritage Sites,” he said.

The Minister listed the sites being considered for World Heritage Site designation as the ancient Kano City Walls, which witnessed the famous Trans Sahara Trade of which Kano was the dominant force.“This trade linked the great kingdoms and empires of West Africa with North America and even Europe. Last month, we successfully obtained a court order restraining persons encroaching on the Kano City Walls and Associated Sites,” he noted.

 

 

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