SDS Secretary Tasks Governments on Preservation of National Monuments

Hadiza Mohammed Kabir, Secretary, FCT Social Development Secretariat

By: Shaka Sunday, Moses Oji & Obed Sambe

The Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Social Development Secretariat (SDS) Hajia Hadiza Mohammed Kabir, has called on government at all levels to do everything within their powers to discover, recover, protect and preserve the nation’s unique and rich cultural heritage as well as monuments.

The Secretary made this call during the 2022 International Museum and World Heritage Day held recently in Abuja.

The Secretary, who was represented at the occasion by the Director, Social Welfare Services Department, Mr. Sani Amar Rabe, added that if such is done, it would promote and showcase the monuments and heritage sites.

Her words: “We are under obligation to create the much needed awareness on the existence of museums, monuments, heritage sites as well as opportunities to educate our future generations. We cannot afford , to loose our culture and let our ways of life die due to neglect.”

The Secretary reiterated that museums and heritage sites play crucial roles in the preservation of our local culture and serves as sources of identity and valuable factor for empowering local communities.

Hajia Kabir also called on the Federal Government to do all at its disposal to see that our artifacts and heritage sites are preserved in museums for future reference.

Similarly, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Farouk Yahaya, lamented that the creation, development and equipping of museums across Nigeria is moving at a snail pace leading to the going into extinction great culture, artifacts and languages.

The General, who also spoke through a representative, however, noted that thorough documentation and artifacts preservation in museums, a culture can be recorded and remembered regardless of it’s future.