Aug 22, 2011 – Minister for Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Edem Duke has disclosed that the Federal Government will build an international exhibition museum in Kano at the cost of N100million. To this end, the minister has asked the state government to allocate two hectares of land for the start of the project later this year.
Duke noted the need for another museum, asides the Gidan Makama Museum in Kano, is because of lack of space for expansion. He said that the proposed museum would complement the existing one.
“The size and quality of the museum we intend to build in Kano, being our first investment here, will be in the neighbourhood of N100 million. This will depend on how we progress with the project so that we can make subsequent provisions in our next budget.
“The proposed museum will be as unique as Kano itself. Kano has an enviable place in the cultural heritage of Nigeria, and for us to bring in a museum of this nature into the four walls of the great city of Kano, we would bring global best practices to bear on the project so that the museum would have enviable facilities for the appreciation of the citizens and foreigners alike.”
Duke said there were plans to ensure that the Kano walls are documented in the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNESCO) list of world heritage sites.
The minister also worried about illegal encroachment on the walls by excavators who extract the laterite material for personal use.
He appealed to the government to rebuild the famous Kofar Na’isa Gate, which was demolished in March 2010, saying the ministry would soon embark on the preservation, maintenance and protection of the national monuments in Kano.
In his repsonse, Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso said his administration was working on how to improve the tourism potential of the state. The governor promised to collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation and allocate a plot of land for the establishment of the museum.
He said his government would use the tourism sector to create jobs and boost revenue generation.