Wednesday, 18 January 2017

SAVE THE NATIONAL MUSEUM LIBRARY ONIKAN

In my search for who designed the Nigerian Coat of Arm, few days back, I visited the Nigerian National Museum Library at Onikan. The museum Library has notable collection of colonial history stored inside it, documents dating as far back as 1900, despite the fact that the Museum and its library were founded in 1957 by the English archaeologist Kenneth Murray. My biggest shock is that fact that the library is water logged, the walls are damped and may soon start to collapse.

decking area of the library


water on the floor, with part of iron shelves getting spoilt


The wall outside the library



The wall outside the library


I remember sometime in February 2016 that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, vowed to transform the National Museum in Lagos to a modern-day cultural edifice which would be of international standard, this was during the visit of the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, they both talked about a collaboration with the Federal Government to ensure speedy work to enhance the cultural heritage of Nigeria, considering the strategic importance of culture and tourism to the identity of the people.
I am appealing to the Federal Government and the Lagos State government to save nine with a stitch in time. (My apologies if I have to, for taking these photos, but I had to do it for I felt pain in my heart seeing the place like this.)

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