Balewa personal effects in museum in bad state

The personal belongings of the country’s former Prime Minister, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, kept as historical monuments have started to depreciate.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who visited the Balewa Tomb Complex in Bauchi on Wednesday, where the items are kept for display, discovered that they have started losing their original values.
The items affected are his books, caps, transistor radio, mini television set and wrist watch.
NAN reports that obvious signs of depreciation were seen on the two caps, while the books were scattered on the floor with no shelf to put them.
An official of the Tomb Complex, who demanded anonymity, told NAN that the place was in dire need of air-conditioning and other storage facilities.
“The complex, which had been taken over by the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) and converted to national monument, has yet to be adequately furnished.
“We need functional and air-conditioned storage facility for these items,” the official added
When contacted, the acting General Manager of Bauchi State Tourism Board, Yohana Namchi, told NAN the Tomb Complex had been handed over to NCMM.

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