Centenary celebration: Suswam disagrees with FG team on sites

Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State has faulted nomination of Audu Maikudu’s house, who was a money lender, as a significant monument to be showcased in the state during Nigeria’s centenary celebration.
Suswam told Director-General of the National Commission for Museum and Monuments, Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi, who paid him a courtesy call at the Government House that there are better identifiable sites to be showcased.
The governor said office of the deputy governor, which was built by the colonial masters in 1921, the old bridge constructed in 1932 and ancient city of Abinsi, which was the provincial headquarters, qualify to be showcased.

“I totally disagree with the commission on the identification of the house of a money lender to be showcased in Benue State during the centenary celebration when there are better monuments that the state can present.”
He disclosed that the visit was aimed at identifying important artefacts and other monuments that could be showcased not only to Nigerians but the entire world.

However, Abdullahi told the governor that over 100 sites have been identified by the agency to be showcased during the centenary celebration, stressing that it was aimed at highlighting the country’s similarities in our differences.
He said the identified sites would be subjected to scrutiny before approval by the Presidency.

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