From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
Stakeholders in the ministry of culture and tourism, as well as in the field of history, have called on the federal and state governments to give more preference to the development of the ministry and matters relating to history.
Speaking at a special reception in honour of Professor Sule Bello, who was recently conferred with History, professorship by Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, in Kano, yesterday, fomer Director General of Institute of Tourism, Dr. Munzali Amadu Dantata, lamented that the Ministry was given less preference by federal and state governments compared to other ministries in the country.
He said government should do more in developing the sector because society can not develop without due consideration on development of its history and culture.
“Unfortunately, ministry of culture and tourism, as well as matters related to history are always relegated to the background by the federal and state governments.
We call on the government to do more in developing the sector. Although governments now have a rethink, we are beginning to see some changes, we still need more, considering the fact that history and culture are vital to development of society.” He said.
The former DG however said that, without history and culture, society would not be able to realise the direction it is moving.
According to him, with the emergence of new technologies and modernity, countries face challenges on how to balance between tradition and modernity. He said failure to achieve balance may result to current social and political crises in the world.
“ History and culture are very important because a society has to know the direction it is moving towards. The world is dynamic and new technologies are coming up, and have impact on the life pattern of a society. The biggest challenge is to see how to balance between tradition and modernity. That is the problem Nigeria and other countries in the world are facing.”
Earlier in his remark, Alhaji Yusuf Abdullahi Usman, Director General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), described Prof. Sule Bello as a versatile academician who contributed in various endeavour of history.
He said the reception became imperative given the enormous impact of the historian in the lives of many people in the state.