Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has explained why his administration built the Esie Museum road.
He gave this explanation Wednesday when he alongside the French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquire and other top government functionaries commissioned the asphalt road leading to the historical monument.
The Esie Museum sited in Irepodun Local Government of Kwara State is the first museum in Nigeria, with various artefacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical importance domiciled in it.
Giving reasons why he constructed the 3 kilometers road, AbdulRazaq said it was part of his administration’s integrated approach to engineer socioeconomic and cultural development and make Kwara the new investment destination.
“National Museum Esie is a federal government project. What we have done is to construct a new road leading to it. This will also encourage more people to visit and open the economic space. We will be working with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture under Alhaji Lai Muhammad to make sure the right infrastructure is put in place and existing facilities upgraded,” he said.
“This is the first museum in Nigeria and from today onward it will be more known that Esie is on global map. That is the whole idea.”
Pasquire on his part said the Esie Museum in Kwara State is a wonderful discovery that is a world class tourist attraction.
The French envoy who was on a two-day visit to Kwara State promised to encourage France nationals to visit the museum to see various artefacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical importance embedded in it.
“I am very happy to be here. I have never heard of Esie Museum before. It is really a wonderful discovery. It is a world class museum, which deserves to be well-known across the world,” Pasquire told newsmen in Esie, in Irepodun local government area of the state, shortly after his tour of the Museum alongside Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Wednesday where an asphalt road leading to the historical site was also commissioned.
“I shall try to inform many people from France and I can advise them to come here to see this museum. Even with the new road that the Governor just commissioned it will help people to come and see this museum. It is very unique in this region and even in the world. It can be a world class tourist attraction in Kwara,” he said.