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13 December 2019

FG To Establish Community Museums To Boost Tourism – Minister

The Federal Government has announced plans to establish community museums as part of efforts to ensure that local communities benefit from tourism.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, announced the plan at the ongoing 4th World UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture in Kyoto, Japan.
Lai said In Nigeria, it observed that tourists stay in the big cities when they visit. Adding that they visit the museums in the cities where objects gotten from different parts, including the rural areas, are displayed but
they hardly go to the rural areas.
”To encourage tourists to visit the rural areas where money spent is quickly reflected in the local economy, we are trying to establish community museums,” said the Minister, who served as one of the
panellists at the Ministerial Segment of the conference, dedicated to discussing and exchanging policies and government models impacting the
future of cultural tourism.
Alhaji Mohammed said the government will, in particular, encourage the establishment of palace museums.
” Parts of ancient residencies of traditional rulers and important chiefs are being turned to museums. Thus, we are not limiting museums to the big cities. Money spent by tourists while visiting these rustic
places stay longer in these areas. Lamido Adamawa now has the Fombina palace museum, just like the Emir of Potiskum has palace museum,” he
said.
The Minister said the government, through high-level representation, training of festival managers and the provision of enabling environment, is supporting and promoting festivals and cultural tourism all over the country, with the ultimate goal of ensuring that local communities benefit from such events.
He said that a national calendar of festivals will soon be unveiled to assist tourists who are coming to Nigeria in planning their visits.
The Minister however said that Nigeria has continued to leverage on the areas in which it enjoys comparative advantage, citing music, movies and fashion as some of such areas.
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