The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, through the ‘’Executive Order’’, has approved the establishment of Museums and Monuments Agency of Ogun State.
In a release signed by the Senior Consultant to the Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Yewande Amusan stated that the agency was to develop and improve the propagation of Ogun State’s cultural and historical heritage, for developing museums and historical monuments within the State, coordinate all museum related activities and streamlining administration and procedures.
The release added that the agency was to establish diverse museums to manage Ogun State’s rich cultural heritage and serve as fulcrum for keeping and attracting international investors to the State, as well as encourage tourism generally.
The agency, according to the release was to attract new investments within the cultural heritage sector of the State, such as fostering sustainable growth and creating employment opportunities, adding that it was also to develop and maintain lines of collaboration with different Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) within the State.
It further stated that the agency would coordinate and implement the required liaison and facilitation services between the State and Federal MDAs as required from time to time and conduct effective implementation of all Museum and Cultural Heritage Projects and programmes, as outlined in the Culture and Tourism Policy of Ogun State.
The agency was also expected to acquire, publish and periodically revise data and information on the establishment and development of additional Museums and Monuments, and evaluate the State’s potential as a cultural and historical destination of choice in Nigeria, on a continuous basis.
It added that the agency was to plan and organise all Museum activities including; exhibitions, tours, road shows and Museum professional fora, to promote Museum investment opportunities and also to provide research and educational opportunities for the Acquisition, Documentation, Preservation and Restoration of both Cultural and Historical Objects and Built Heritage in the State.