HON ONYEAGUCHA RECEIVES THE CURATOR NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR MUSEUM AND MONUMENTS.
-Calls for the promotion and preservation of cultural heritage of the state.
The Secretary to the Government of IMO State, Hon Barr Uche Onyeagucha has urged the Curator, National Commission for Museums and Monuments in the state Mrs Caroline Agbamuche to strife to promote and preserve the cultural heritage of the state.
Hon Onyeagucha stated this in his office while receiving in audience the management team of the commission led by the Curator Mrs Caroline Agbamuche. He stated that cultural heritage is the most important input in defining the peculiarity of the people and a social product that can only be preserved and promoted through involvement of the people. He pointed out that monuments and museums are repository of knowledge and information which remain significant instruments for propagation of peoples culture.
Hon Onyeagucha described as unfortunate how the previous government destroyed all artworks, artifacts and monuments in the state, charging the Commission to always be proactive and ensure that the ancestral heritage of the state is restored.
The Secretary to the Government of Imo State mandated the Curator and the Management of the Commission in the state to begin to document all cultural festivals, heritage sites, monuments, artworks, Museums collections and Customs of the people of the state with the aim of enlisting them into the World heritage site. He also called on the Commission to articulate all cultural heritages like; architectures, archaeologist, and other antiquities in all the communities in the State which have been abandoned , saying that the present administration shall be ready to revive them in a bid to make the state the foremost tourist destination in the South East. Hon Onyeagucha also noted the importance of reviving ancestral worship centres which are seen as temple of justice in Igbo tradition.
The Secretary to the Government of the state opined that customs and histories of some communities in the state need adequte promotion and propagation. According to him “the history of Owerre for instance cannot be complete without the story of the confluence point of Otammiri and Nworie river and also the story of the source of Otammiri at Egbu. These stories need to be well articulated and promoted as the ancestral heritage of Owerre people. Also, the foremost Ofe Owerre that has once won the National cooking competition in Nigeria needs to be promoted even to international standard. Ikeji festival, Iriji festival, Okazi Emii, and other cultural festivals in the state should be restored and preserved as our cultural heritage”.
Responding on behalf of the management team of the Commission, the Curator, Mrs Caroline Agbamuche appealed to the state Government to come to their rescue by providing them a permanent site and also to support their programs which are geared towards restoring the cultural heritage of the state. She expressed the readiness of the Commission towards promoting the custom and cultural heritage of the state and to also ensure that IMO state is made the foremost tourist destination in the South East.
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