The National Commission for Museum and Monuments (NCMM), says it is exploring ways to rebuild the Sukur world heritage site in Adamawa State destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents in 2014.
The Director-General of the commission, Malam Yusuf Usman, made the disclosure in an interview, on Monday, in Abuja.
Usman said that efforts were also on to address conservation challenges at Osun-Osogbo Grove in Osun State.
“Provisions have been made in the 2017 budget to address the conservation challenges of the Sukur site and Osun-Oshogbo sacred grove. These are both national monuments.
“Secondly, UNESCO has also made provisions for assistance to Nigeria to address these challenges.
“So in the coming weeks, you will see lot of activities around Sukur Cultural Landscape to address those conservation challenges following the attack of Boko Haram insurgents,’’ he said.
The NCMM boss added that the target was to restore the conservation status of the sites, ensure they attain cresting stage and become well maintained enough to attract tourists.
The director general said he expects other agencies to popularise the Sukur site to attract tourists from across the world.
“Our major concern is maintaining the conservation status of the sites and that is what we want to address.
“We also have plans for tourism development and tourists in case of disaster and so on at the sites,’’ Usman said.
Sukur is a stone-age iron smelting community whose history dated back to the Dur Dynasty in the 17th century.
The Dur had established a major supply link for raw materials needed for iron manufacture to north eastern Nigeria which continued into the first decade of the 20th century.
UNESCO had designated it a World Heritage Site because of its cultural heritage, material culture and the naturally-terraced fields.
Sukur is the first African cultural landscape to receive heritage list inscription in 1999 at the 23rd Session of UNESCO.
The landscape is located on the hill above the village of Sukur in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa.
It is situated on the Mandara Mountains close to the border with Cameroon. (NAN)