18 June 2009

Nigeria: Argungu Emirate Presents Site For World Heritage Listing

Abuja — As part of the drive to re-position historical assets of Kebbi Kingdom for World Heritage inventory, the Argungu Emirate yesterday presented a proposal on the historic Surami site to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) for scrutiny.

Surami was the first capital of Kebbi Kingdom and it was founded by Mohammadu Kanta Kotal, the founder of the kingdom after leading a revolt against the Songhay Empire in 16th century.

Presenting the proposal to NCMM, Senator Umaru Abubakar Argungu said the move was part of a campaign by the emirate to boost the historical artefacts embedded in the kingdom through the commission.

He called on the NCMM officials to assist the kingdom in making Surami and Kanta Museum, also located in Argungu, not only national monuments but historical cultural resources for World Heritage List.

Receiving the proposal, the Director General of the Commission, Joseph Eboreime hailed the emirate for the proactive move and promised to assist the kingdom to realise the vision.

Eboremi, represented by Director Research, Publication and Planning, Dr Musa O. Hambolu said the commission would ensure that Surami and Kanta Museum were incorporated into the ongoing campaign by the commission for more heritage sites in the country.

Presently, the World Heritage List includes 878 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value. Only Sukur Cultural Landscape in Adamawa State and Osun Oshogbo Groove in Osun State have been inscribed into the heritage list in 1999 and 2005 respectively.

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