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Tourists, Visitors Applaud New Face Of National Museum

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Posted: Jul 25, 2016 at 3:08 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Tourists and visitors to the National Museum, Onikan in Lagos had applauded its new face and ambiance saying that with this, it would attract more patronage.

They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that they were impressed by the orderly display and maintenance of artifacts there.

NAN also observed that where the official vehicle that conveyed the late Gen. Murtala Mohammed during his assassination in 1976 is displayed, was looking well maintained.

They said that the monument could, with its present state, qualify as one of those attractions that could be visited when Lagos State would be celebrating the golden jubilee of its creation next year.

NAN reports that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, some months ago visited the national museum.

Then, Ambode said that the state government would collaborate with the Federal Government to upgrade the monument into a more befitting international standard.

“This is in preparation for the celebration of Lagos at 50 coming up in 2017.

“After its completion, the edifice will be a pride for all Nigerians and adds its value as a befitting tourist centre within the state,’’ he said.

Mr Femi Giwa, a parent who visited the museum in company with his children told NAN that he was happy to bring his family there.

He commended the management of the museum for the transformation and the physical changes that had taken place there.

He said the transformation would encourage people to visit it and learn more about their culture and tradition through the artifacts and the historical materials displayed.

Also, Mrs Ngozi Okoronkwo said that the museum had begun to wear a new look.

“That is part of the maintenance culture we have been talking about. We must treat public property just as we treat our private properties.

“They are being maintained from taxes paid by the public, hence, we are the owners,’’ she said.

Okoronkwo called on the management of the museum to sustain the standard the museum had attained.

She also urged the management to beef-up the security around the complex to guard against the ugly happenings during the Bastille Day in Nice, France recently.

NAN reports that a truck belonging to a militia group during the event killed 84 visitors.

Now that our National Museum is wearing a new look, many parents and schools would like to patronise it especially during this long vacation, she said.

Okoronkwo said that parents would be at peace to release their children on excursion knowing that the management of the museum had adequate security in place.

She urged the management no to take chances on matter of security urging them to remember how some students were kidnapped in their own schools in Ikorodu.

She also commended the Federal Government effort in ensuring that the museum was still standing and well kept.

Meanwhile, Mr John Komolafe, a businessman, lauded the staff of the kitchen because of the quality and varieties of indigenous food offered.

“Having varieties of food to be sold to the public is a good way of promoting our traditional dishes’’, Komolafe said.

He, however, said that the kitchen that used to be a major point of attractions to visitors, though clean, still needed more publicity to bounce back and command more patronage.(NAN)