FG, US, others sign MOU on Sukur Cultural Landscape Heritage

The Minister of Art, Culture and the Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa Musawa, has expressed profound gratitude to the United States Embassy in Nigeria and the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for their unwavering support in preserving Nigeria’s cultural heritage.

The minister stated this while signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the conservation of the tangible and intangible heritage of Sukur Cultural Landscape project Thursday at the US Embassy in Abuja.

Highlighting the long-standing partnership between Nigeria and the United States of America in cultural preservation, Minister Musawa mentioned several collaborations, including the Cultural Property Agreement Implementation Grants (CPAIG) Program, the Cultural Property Implementation Act (CPIA) Agreement and the upcoming training program for Nigerian stakeholders on the illicit export of antiquities.

The AFCP grant of $1.5 million will support a two-year project led by ICOMOS Nigeria, in collaboration with the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), American University of Nigeria (AUN), and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).

The project aims to among other things conserve the tangible and intangible heritage of Sukur, and enhance community capacity and resilience. 

It is also targeted at strengthening local, national, and international networks for site conservation and 

aims to revitalise threatened traditional crafts and the Sakun language.

Minister Musawa also announced the successful implementation of the CPIA bi-lateral agreement, which has significantly deterred illegal exports of Nigerian antiquities. 

Responding, H.E David Greene, the Chargé d’Affaires and Acting United States Ambassador, in Nigeria highlighted the gains in the long-standing relationship between Nigeria and America and the desire to consolidate the achievements with the current minister.

Other partners who signed the MoU are Dr Salisu Mohamned Lawal of the Centre for Inclusive and Accountable Governance, Atiku Institute for Development American University of Nigeria, Professor Kabiru Bala Vice Chancellor Ahmadu Bello University, Dr. Oluwatoyin Sogbesan, President International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS).