Poland Offers To Support Nigeria in Preserving Artifacts, Monuments

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The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,

announced on Thursday that Poland has offered to support Nigeria in

preserving the nation’s cultural artifacts and monuments,


The Minister made the announcement in Abuja when he received the

Polish Ambassador to Nigeria, Joan Magdalene Tarnawska.


“The highlight of our discussion this morning is Her Excellency’s

offer that Poland is willing to assist Nigeria in giving us the

technology to preserve some of our artifacts and our monuments and we

are looking forward to the formal proposal from Poland because this is

one area where I think there can be mutually-beneficial

relationship,” he said.


Alhaji Mohammed said many of the nation’s artifacts and monuments need

to be restored and preserved, just like many historical pictures.


He expressed delight at the Ambassador’s interest in Nigeria’s culture

and tourist sites which, he said, has motivated her to embark on a

tour of such sites.


“Her Excellency is quite passionate about Nigeria’s culture and she is

looking forward to visiting many of our tourist sites. She knows many

of them by name but she’s not been there,” the Minister said.


He noted that Nigeria and Poland signed an agreement on Cultural and

Educational Cooperation and Exchanges in 1976, and both countries have

enjoyed active relations via various exchanges in music, dance,

literature as well as exhibition of arts and crafts.


“Before then, Poland and Nigeria shared a very long history as can be

evidenced in the number of Nigerians who have studied in Poland and,

as a matter of fact, the Ambassador just informed me that a Nigerian

even became a member of Parliament in Poland. That shows the level of

relationship between Nigeria and Poland,” he said.


In her remarks, Ambassador Tarnawska paid tribute to some Nigerian

literary icons, having studied African Culture at the University of

Warsaw, specializing in Africa literature.


“I am honoured to be here in Nigeria, the home of Chinua Achebe, Wole

Soyinka and of course Chimamanda and many other great literary

figures,” she said.


The Ambassador said Poland has a thriving tourism industry and

expressed the hope that both nations will collaborate to deepen the

cultural ties between them.



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