U.S. Consulate reiterates commitment to promoting Nigeria’s culture

According to Suor, the space will also promote shared values of democracy and encourage robust people-to-people ties.

 

The U.S. Consulate has reiterated  commitment to promoting cultural preservation by opening a  ‘Public Diplomacy Engagement Space’ at the National Museum in Lagos State. 

The consulate said in a statement, that the new space was an important addition to the ongoing efforts of the U.S. government to support Nigerian museums and the preservation of Nigerian cultural heritage.   

Acting U.S. Consul General, James Suor said the modern educational space would stimulate curiosity in the minds of children, support learning, facilitate reflection and promote common ideals between the U.S. and Nigeria.

According to Suor, the space will also promote shared values of democracy and encourage robust people-to-people ties.

“The recent upgrade of the Old Residency Museum Archive in Calabar with a digital conferencing facility and open space for educational events is also one of our efforts to preserve cultural heritage.

“Since the inception of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation programme, Nigeria has received 10 grants worth 1 million dollars  with projects spread across the country.

“These preservation projects benefit both future generations and the growth of the tourism industry,” Suor said. 

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Prof. Abba Tijani, Director-General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, was quoted in the statement to have said the space was a world-class one that would provide people the opportunity to engage and learn.

“I applaud the U.S  commitment to empowering young people through innovative learning spaces and preserving Nigeria’s cultural heritage.

“This  will also give people the opportunity to visit the newly renovated permanent exhibition space at the national museum where we keep the cultural artifacts for posterity.” 

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the public diplomacy engagement space is funded through the public diplomacy grant of the U.S. Consulate in Lagos and will bring more young people to the national museum to learn, research, and share ideas.

 

 

(NAN)

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