– Dr Ogunfolakan Adisa called for the funding of museums in Nigeria
– He described them as a form of national development
– He cited Igbo weapons as indication of the technological prowess
Dr Ogunfolakan Adisa alongside other archaeologists have called on the federal government to resuscitate museums by proper and regular funding to make them attraction centres for indigenous and foreign tourists.
Vanguard report that this call was made during the international museum day which took place at the Museum of National Unity on Tuesday, May 23.
Also present was Senator Iyiola Omisore who delivered the keynote address and emphasized the need of the government to rebrand and promote the museums in order to raise awareness and interest especially among the youths.
Dr Adisa of the Natural Museums at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife said there was need to keep the musems alive as they played roles in national development. He said: “Museum plays pivotal role in national development.
For instance, the artefacts of Civil War, Kiriji War involving Ijesa and Ibadan which are in our museum will constantly remind us that war is not good and that we should toe the path of peace.
“When I went to Igboland, I saw the technology prowess of Igbo, some war equipment they manufactured during the Civil War, if not for museum which have all these artefacts, how do we know about African technology?”
“We have to help these people. In developed world, you see people coming out to help. Our museums in Nigeria are dying. I call on well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of museums so that they can perform well,”