65 Nigerian monuments designated as World Heritage sites – NCMM
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Tijani is part of the Nigerian delegation to the conference and that he is part of a team led by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
“We have a number of heritage sites that we want to nominate for World Heritage sites.
“We have 65 monuments now and all of them are of equal importance.
“As you know, the process of inscription on the World Heritage site is cumbersome and requires financial means.
“We must work to have the fund to prepare their dozier and invite the necessary experts to come and assess the monuments before they can be considered for inscription at the World Heritage site”, he said.
Tijani said Nigeria currently only has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Osun Osogbo Cultural Groove in Osun and the Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa.
Speaking in a presentation the minister made earlier to UNESCO’s cultural sector, Tijani said she focused on issues of repatriation of stolen items from Nigeria.
He said efforts were being made by Nigeria to recover cultural heritage stolen from the country.
“The Minister referred to a Nok Terracotta which was returned by France, the artefacts being repatriated by the United Kingdom to Cambridge where we took possession of Okwukor Cockerel.
“He also referred to the Aberdeen Museum also in the UK where we also received the stolen head from the Oba.
“These are all efforts made following the 1972 UNESCO Convention which prescribes the return of illicitly trafficked cultural property to their country of origin.,” he said.
Also speaking with NAN, the Director General of the National Institute of Cultural Orientation (NICO), Teenager Yahuza, said his organization’s mandate is to orient Nigerians on culture and national development.
He stressed the need for Nigerians to see the values of culture in science, education and technology and harness them for development.