Concise News understands that the upper legislative chamber reaffirmed its commitment to the non-sale of the national monuments after adopting the report of its Committee on Culture and Tourism at plenary.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Fatimat Raji-Rasaki, said the committee traveled to Lagos and other parts of the country to assess the monuments and recommends that, given their historic and monetary value, they should not be disposed of.
“Senate debated motion on proposed sale of the National Theatre and Tafawa Balewa Square and mandated the committee to work on it and report to back,” she said.
“This followed the motion I moved on Dec. 20, 2017 on Federal Government’s plan to sell the monuments.
“The Tafawa Balewa Square was instrumental to our history and the National Theatre was built for all blacks gathered to gather to celebrate the uniqueness of the black race.
“The committee traveled to all the locations of all the monuments across the country and has concluded work on 32 edifices. Eight natural sites and four technological edifices.”
Contributing, Sen. Shehu Sani (PRP-Kaduna) said the monuments were important to Nigeria’s history and should not be sold off.
“When we travel to other countries we visit historic monuments, and adding to revenue generation in those countries,” he said.
“It therefore behooves on us to keep ours for visitors to have where visit and for generations unborn to have a sense of our history.
“I visited Benin Republic monuments and the Slave Castle in Ghana among other countries and I saw how much they generate from them.”
Presiding over the issue, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, thanked Senator Raji-Rasaki (Ekiti) for the bill.
“We need to ensure that historic monuments do not decay and are maintained adequately,” he said.