Three Benin and Ife artefacts saved on the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork (MET) in the USA have been returned to the consulate-general of Nigeria in New York.
The artefacts, two Sixteenth-century Benin brass plaques and one 14th-century Ife brass head, have been acquired by Abba Tijjani, director-general of nationwide fee for museums and monuments (NCMM),and Lot Egopija, consul-general of Nigeria in New York.
Tijjani, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with MET, counseled the museum for returning the artefacts to Nigeria. He requested different museums in possession of Nigerian artefacts to observe MET’s exemplary gesture.
“We’re trying ahead to collaborating with the MET as a result of we can’t exist in an island, for instance, the museum can’t be working in Nigeria with out collaborating with companions exterior the nation.
So, we’re trying ahead to collaborating with MET now that we’re buddies and we perceive one another and we wish to see how we are able to work collectively. Now we have about 52 museums throughout the nation beneath the fee, and we’ve got 65 monuments and websites and employees working within the museums would require trendy coaching.’’ Tijjani mentioned.