‘Nigeria doesn’t have a sense of history’, says Senator Gemade

Nigerian Senate on Tuesday moved for the establishment of National Assembly legislative Museum and Archives to enhance preservation of the country’s heritage.

Senator Fatimat Raji-Rasaki representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District and eight other senators sponsored the motion

The Upper Chamber noted that Nigeria has no archive where history of the country is documented and it is embarrassing when it’s to depend on foreign lands to acquire historical information.

Leading the debate, Senator Matthew Urhoghide (Edo South) explained that section 60 of the same Constitution empowers the Senate and House of Representatives to regulate their own procedure.

According to him, National Assembly Joint Committee would facilitate the implementation of this unique initiative as an indelible legacy that the 8th National Assembly could bequeath the legislature and the Country at large, as well as generate revenue.

Contributing, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (Bayelsa East) concurred that the museum and archive is necessary because previous government do not have their legacies stored in libraries. He recalled how Nigeria paid huge sum of money to BBC, other international film agencies to acquire a recorded tape of the civil war.

Senator Barnabas Gemade (Benue North-East) posited that the call for establishment of a history centre is a wake-up call to the executive and legislature to change the course of history.

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