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Gov Diri’s SSA Tasks Curators To Structure Museums To Attract Tourists

Governor Diri of Bayelsa

The Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Bayelsa State Governor on Tourism, Mr Piriye Kiyaramo has called on curators to organise, structure and distribute unique social guides, consisting of user generated content and other inspirational sources to attract and guide visitors to the museums.

Speaking as chairman on the occasion of the International Museum Day celebration, organised by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, National Museum Yenagoa, at the Ijaw House on Friday, Mr Kiyaramo, said museums play a crucial role in preserving local culture. 

He maintained that with careful documentation and artifact preservation, a culture can be recorded and remembered regardless of its future, adding that through museums culture can also be shared and better understood by those from different cultural backgrounds.

Mr Kiyaramo stated further that curators are saddled with the responsibility of collecting both tangible and intangible items or exhibits of historical value for preservation in a museum or art gallery. 

The governor’s aide maintained that part of the  curator’s job is to develop ways in which objects, archives and artworks can be interpreted, through exhibitions, publications, events and audio-visual presentations.

He reiterated that museum collections such as objects, specimens, and archival and manuscripts are important museum resources in their own right as well as being valuable for the information they provide about processes, events, and interactions among people and the immediate environment.

Chief Historian and Archivist of Bayelsa State, Dr. Stephen Temegha Olali, in his lecture, tittle “The Museum and Its Significance to Societal Advancement Worldwide: The Niger Delta Situation,” said museum has several benefits to society, describing museum as the memory of human good experiences. 

Dr. Olali noted that people who don’t preserve their past are lost, just as those who don’t know their history have a huge challenge because they could be easily be misled into modern slavery without even realising it.

“Museaum preserves the memories of the past. Museum is a place of interpretations of evidences. Museum gives knowledge and teaches us significance of cultural heritage. 

Bayelsa has the most historic monument sites Museum is indispensable to tourism. A new museum is coming up in Bayelsa State. The new museum will attract tourists to Bayelsa State. 

On her part the Acting Curator of the National Museum Yenagoa, Mrs Adelani Rachael, expressed gratitude to God for making it possible for the event to hold, inspire daunting challenges.

She thanked the Chief Historian and Archivist of Bayelsa State, Dr. Olali for allowing her to use his office to host the event. 

She also thanked the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Tourism, Mr Piriye Kiyaramo for accepting to chair the occasion of the International Museum Day celebration on short notice. 

The Acting Curator was happy that all the invited schools for the event turned up, making the event a huge success with any hitches. 

Dignitaries that graced the occasion include; Dr. Segun Kuforiji, Chief lecturer at the Federal Oil and Gas Polytechnic, Ekowe, among others. There was cultural dance performance by the participating schools. 

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