The Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Chief Edem Duke in Abuja said 100 cities across the country would be designated as national monuments.
Duke said this when he inaugurated the National Heritage Council and Endowment for the Arts. The minister, yet to name the cities, explained that the establishment of the council was geared toward nurturing creativity and preserving the country’s cultural heritage.
“The objective is to underscore the importance of the visual, literary, design, and performing arts in nurturing creativity and preserving our cultural heritage,” Duke added.The minister urged the eleven members of the board of the council to identify and support excellence in the arts.
He pointed out that it was necessary for the council to seek alternative source of funding outside the usual annual budgetary provisions in meeting its set objectives.
Duke said the council was expected to secure the necessary resources, provide desired facilities and exercise effective control and application of the funds toward promoting arts.
“The endowment for the arts is therefore being set up as a platform we intend to use to offer support and funding for projects exhibiting artistic excellence,” Duke said.