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Curator seeks adequate funding of nation’s tourism sector



Mrs Mopelola Omowumi, Curator, Esie National Museum in Kwara, on Tuesday, called for adequate funding of the nation’s tourism sector in order to grow and boost the country’s economy.

Omowumi made the call during an interview with the Nigeria News Agency in Omu-Aran, Kwara.

She said that the present low patronage of museums and other historical sites was too worrisome.

According to her, such low patronage remains a major setback to tourism development and also depriving the country huge amount of accruable income from the sector.

Omowumi explained that most of the facilities across the nation’s museums and monuments were dilapidated, obsolete and in dire need of facelift to attract the desired local, national and international target and patronage.

‘’We are in the era when tourism is contending seriously with civilisation and modernisation trends through advent of computers and other gadgets.

‘’This quite explains the growing apathy to visiting museums, monuments and other historical sites, especially by younger ones,’’ she said.

Omowumi said these inadequacies, if not urgently addressed, could be a hindrance to governments’ efforts toward diversifying the nation economy, using tourism as a veritable platform.

‘’The current generation of youths would rather spend time with works of art created through computer programming than appreciating museums and what it stands for.

‘’At present, most of the nation’s museums and other historical sites have been deserted and deprived of the required media hype that can sell them to foreign tourists.

‘’To compound the whole issue, inadequate finances had made it difficult in adopting necessary technological devices in meeting up with modern trends.

‘’Unfortunately, the shift in priority by our current generation, coupled with inadequate funding, has erased the attention given to this wonderful remnant of Nigeria’s past history,’’ Omowumi  said.

The curator said the need to improve upon the functions of the museum informed the recent partnership with the management of Kwara State College of Education, Oro.

According to her, the partnership was intended to improve the knowledge of the youth on museums-related issues for it to gain the desired attractions.

‘’We felt the youth will soon receive the baton of leadership. So, it was in this regard that we decided to host the last museum day celebration in the college.

‘’It is also a way of incorporating the needed private partnership in ensuring the smooth running of museums for greater participation and patronage,’’ she said.


Edited by Adeleye Ajayi