France Ambassador to Nigeria, Jerome Pasquire, has expressed his admiration for the developmental strides of the Abdulrahman AbdulRazaq administration’s achievements in the last two years.
The French envoy, on two-day visit to Kwara State, expressed this during his visit to the Esie Museum in Irepodun Local Government. He added that the museum is a wonderful discovery that is a world-class tourist attraction.
“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,” Pasquire said.
He continued: “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 reporters at Esie in Irepodun Local Government after his tour of the museum alongside Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, where an asphalt road leading to the historical site was also inaugurated.
He, therefore, 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.”
Governor AbdulRazaq said the construction of the Esie Museum road in Irepodun Local Government was part of the administration’s integrated approach to engineer 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.225