French Ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquire has described Esie Museum in Kwara State as a world-class tourist attraction, noting that it is a wonderful discovery.
Pasquire said this on his two-day visit to Kwara State.
Speaking with newsmen after his tour of the museum alongside Governor AbdulRazaq at Esie in Irepodun Local Government, where an asphalt road leading to the historical site was also inaugurated, he said, “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 also promised to encourage France nationals to visit the museum for artefacts and other objects of artistic, cultural, historical importance.
“I shall try to inform many people from France and I can advise them to come here to see this museum. Even with the new road that the governor just inaugurated, it will help people to come and see this museum. It is very unique in this region and even in the world. It can be a world-class tourist attraction in Kwara,” he said.
He added that “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.”
In his words, Governor AbdulRazaq said the construction of the Esie Museum road in Irepodun Local Government was part of the administration’s approach to boost socio-economic 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.