He noted that the plan is consistent with the vision to give tourism a huge boost in the state and make it a vibrant sector. “It is also in line with our determination to give a facelift to the former official residence of Nigeria’s first president, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe,” the governor said.
This comes years after the Dr. Chimaroke Nnamani administration shut the old Enugu zoo and converted the space to residential use now rechristened Zoo Estate.
Governor Ugwuanyi made the commitment during a courtesy visit by the management of the National Museum of Unity, Enugu, to the Government House, noting that the institution “plays a very important role by serving as an educational resource center through which people can connect with previous generations and draw inspiration from the contributions they made to the socio-economic and political development of their respective areas”.
The state government would continue to support and collaborate with the museum towards fulfilling the mandate of rendering the required services to the people of Enugu State and the nation in the area of cultural growth and development, he added.
Earlier in his remark during the visit, the Director of the Museum, Dr. Virgy Ifediagwa stated that they were at the Government House to intimate the governor on the proposed “Iriji Festival” which will holds on October 29.
The festival which she pointed out will involve both school children drawn from schools across the state and royal fathers from various communities in the state, seeks to showcase the cultural prowess of Enugu State as well as feature a display of artworks for the benefit of posterity.