Gov. Fintiri restates commitment to Sukur cultural landscape



Gov. Fintiri restates commitment to Sukur cultural landscape

By Deji Abdulwahab
Adamawa Governor Ahmadu Fintiri said his administration was committed to the development and restoration of the Sukur cultural landscape in the state.

Fintiri said this in Abuja on Tuesday evening at a stakeholder awareness dinner hosted by the Joint National Committee of the UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers Initiative.

The governor, who was represented by Secretary of State Government Malam Bashir Ahmad, expressed his administration’s willingness to partner with UNESCO and others to put Sukur on the world map.

The Nigeria News Agency (NAN) reports that UNESCO has declared Sukur Cultural Landscape as a Historic Site due to its unique art of dry stone architecture and stone terraced agriculture.

NAN also reports that the heritage site suffered serious damage as a result of the insurgency in 2014.

Fintiri, however, said the Sukur landscape and other cultural sites would receive the attention needed to generate income.

The Sukur site and other cultural sites should be made public and transformed to serve as a source of income not only for the natives but for the state and the nation as a whole.

“It is at this point that I congratulate those who have preserved the landscape and cultural heritage of Sukur over the past six centuries.

“As a government, we will do whatever is necessary to support all those who are on this cause to rediscover the landscape and cultural heritage of Sukur,” he said.

A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, stressed the need to raise awareness of the imperative of restoring the landscape and cultural heritage of Sukur with the aim of boosting the development of tourism in the country.

Dogara, who said tourism could be used to diversify the country’s economy, stressed the need for a partnership between relevant stakeholders to develop and restore the Sukur site.

Professor Abba Tijani, Director General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, spoke of the need to improve the conservation of the Sukur heritage property.

Tijani, who was represented by the Commission’s Director of Monuments, Heritage and Sites, Ms. Victoria Osuagwu, described Sukur as a living site.

He called on stakeholders to improve the living conditions of the inhabitants of the region while supporting and contributing to the development and sustainability of the heritage asset.

Mr. Olagunju Idowu, Secretary-General of the Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO, stressed the need to meet the challenge of the rich and greatly altered cultural heritage of the Sukur landscape.

Idowu, who was represented by Roseline Kurah, deputy director and head of the culture sector on the commission, said the recovery and reconstruction of the heritage site is imperative for the nation and the global community.

“The federal government and the state government of Adamawa as well as stakeholders will need to look after the cultural landscape of Sukur and other heritage sites.

“The loss of one of its components is a loss for all of mankind,” he said.

Ms. Malame Mangzha, Executive Director of the International African Documentary Festival Foundation, said the purpose of the dinner was to raise awareness of the site.

Mangzha added that the dinner was also aimed at garnering support for the intervention if needed to bring development to the site.

NAN reports that the dinner brought together members of the diplomatic community, implementing partners as well as heads of government agencies, including NAN Managing Director, Mr. Buki Ponle, who was represented by his Special Assistant, Mr. Mufutau Ojo. (NOPE)


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