French envoy rates Esie Museum as world class tourist attraction
By Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin
The French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquire has described the Esie Museum in Kwara State, North Central Nigeria as a wonderful discovery that is a world class tourist attraction.
“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 where an asphalt road leading to the historical site was also commissioned.
Pasquire promised to encourage France nationals to visit the museum for various artefacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical importance.
According to him, he will try to inform many people from France and advise them to come here to see this museum stressing that even with the new road that the Governor just commissioned, it will help people to come and see this museum.
He added that the museum is very unique in this region and even in the world stressing that it can be a world class tourist attraction in Kwara State.
On his two-day visit to Kwara State, the French Ambassador said he was impressed with the developmental strides of the AbdulRazaq administration in the last two years.
“Within my two days of visit, I have seen so many new projects. I was impressed when I saw projects on rural development, the innovation hub, Ilorin Visual Arts Centre and we also saw some technical institutes. We saw the big BUA Sugar Company in the north of the state. What is important for Nigeria is more projects and more development and I am very impressed with what I saw here,” the Ambassador said.
Putting Esie museum on the global map
In his remarks, Governor AbdulRazaq, explained that the construction of the Esie Museum road in Irepodun local government was part of the 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.
He disclosed that this is the first museum in Nigeria and from today onward it will be more known that Esie is on the global map which according to him, is the whole idea.
AbdulRazaq commended the French Ambassador for his interest in attracting tourists to Esie Museum and other partnerships with the state government.
“We thank the French Ambassador to Nigeria for leaving the highway and coming down to Esie personally to see what is here,” the Governor said.