The state administration of Abia has made a firm decision to work with the federal government to restore and renovate national museums and other landmarks around the state.
The Abia State Governor was informed of the incident by Martins Okey Justice, a Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on tourism and entertainment.
During a courtesy call to the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) headquarters in Abuja, the SSA conveyed the state government’s intention to revitalize the industry to Professor Abba Tijani, the Director-General of the Commission.
Martins specifically mentioned the run-down old Eastern Nigeria Administrative Building, also known as Ojukwu Bunker, when he was greeted on behalf of the NCMM D-G by Mr. Abdul Gimba, the Director of Museums, and other management personnel.
He stated that in addition to Ojukwu Bunker, the Abia State government will renovate other notable monuments that are part of the NCMM but are located in the State in order to turn them into popular tourist destinations worldwide.
Martins stated that the state’s hospitality and tourism industry will be the main driver of economic development in the next two years and that he has been given the task of overseeing a complete overhaul of the industry to reposition it for employment opportunities and tourist attraction by governor Alex Otti.
In addition to thanking the federal government for showing interest in the suggested plans for museum repair, the SSA stated that Governor Alex Otti had a strong desire to promote all of the state’s tourism attractions.
Two popular tourist destinations in Umuahia include the National War Museum at Amafor Isingwu in Umuahia North LGA and the Ojukwu Bunker, which is situated near Afara.