Nigeria: NCMM Advocates Repatriation of Stolen Artifactshttp://allafrica.com/stories/201105240560.html
Tor Vande-Acka23 May 2011
Lafia — National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) has reiterated its desire towards ensuring that antiquities and artifact that were acquired illegally from Nigeria and were being displayed in various museums across the world were repatriated back to Nigeria.
The intention of the commission was made known in Lafia by the Guest Speaker at this year's International Museums Day, Prof. Mailafiya Filaba of the History Department of Nasarawa State University, Keffi.
Mailafiya, who was speaking at the occasion that was held at the Abacha Youth Centre, Lafia pointed out that Nigeria has already made the request for the repatriation to the affected countries.
He pointed out that the NCMM has established partnership and collaboration with China and the Ford Foundation to "put in place measures and strategies on how to discourage illegal trafficking of artifacts out of Nigeria."
The professor of History also said already, NCMM was working towards fulfilling the technical requirements of enlisting some cultural and monument centres in the country as World Heritage Sites and others as National Monuments.
While noting that the Commission was considering the Idare Monument site in Ondo State as a World Heritage site; the commission has also recommended Kusugu well, Daura; Usman Dan Fodio grave; Ike Ogwu Tower, Ukpo; Reconciliation House, Amichi Nnewi; Kings College, Lagos and Associated sites of Kano City Walls and gates among others as national monuments. In her address, the Curator, National Museum, Lafia, Emily Isa-Emmanuel, called on the people of Nasarawa State to "help us develop a functional museum in Nasarawa State." Describing museums as "the Central Bank of Cultural Resources," she said that there was the need to emphasize the exhibition of both tangible and intangible customs of the people of the country. The theme for this year's International Museums Day is "Museum and Memory.