A UNESCO World Heritage site, Sukur Kingdom, Mandara Mountains in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State in northeastern Nigeria
In stressing the role of heritage in nation building, a government agency in Nigeria, the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) has revealed plans to list new 100 sites as national monuments as part of the country’s centenary celebration next year.
Nigeria was widely believed to have emerged as a nation when the British colonial rule amalgamated the Southern and Northern protectorates in 1914.
The Director-General of NCMM, Mallam Yusuf Abdallah Usman, yesterday, in Abuja disclosed the plans while receiving museum curators and culture officers of Adamawa, Yobe, Gombe, Bauchi and Borno. The guests were on a courtesy visit to congratulate Usman on his tenure extension for another four years by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Usman stated: “100 heritage sites have been identified as National Monuments across the country especially those related to the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates, our colonial past and other things that relates to Nigerianess.”
The D-G added that the 100 sites have been documented and supported by “stakeholder’s consultation.” He also assured that “the communities where the sites are located have been contacted and we are hopeful that after giving out notices in newspapers which is part of the conditions to be fulfilled, then it will be declared.”