Written by Sarah NEGEDU

CBN ask museums to embrace hyper-connectivity

The Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, has urged museum managers to leverage on the wide acceptance of information technology in the country, to upgrade their museums to international standard and attract new audiences to their collections.

Deputy Governor, Corporate Services of the bank, Mr Edward Adamu, made the call at the CBN’s 2018 International Museum Day celebrations and temporal exhibition of its Currency Museum. This year’s event had the theme: “The Naira is a Symbol of Our National Pride”.

Mr. Adamu while listing the importance of museums, said museums are a means through which knowledge can be shared on several levels with no age, ethnic or gender barriers. He said with technology, museums can now reach beyond their core audiences and invite new publics when approaching their collections in different technologies and electronic ways

“In the hyper connected world of today, museums have joined the trend, and this is why the international council of museum choose the team ‘Hyper-Connected Museums, New Approaches, New Publics’

Hyper connectivity is a term coined in 2001 to describe the multiple means of communications as we have today such as face to face contact, email, instant voice messaging and telephone using the internet. This global network connection becomes complex each day with the diverse and integrated applications available today.

Speaking on the essence of exhibiting Nigeria’s past and present currencies in the bank’s museum, Mr Edward Adamu noted that “the exhibition explores the naira in terms of its life cycle from conception to the end of its life otherwise known as the birth to death of bank notes.”

Adamu said the exhibition was an opportunity for Nigerians to know how the notes come about from cradle to death, which are recycled products.

He said that the CBN houses a Currency Museum, “which explains the evolution of money in Nigeria, from the pre-colonial era to the contemporary times. The CBN hopes that through the activities of the Currency Museum, members of the public would be better educated on how to properly handle the naira and other related matters.

Adamu, while warning Nigerians against mishandling the naira, said defacing and abusing the currency was eroding the nation’s pride globally.

He said, “the naira as a symbol of our national pride should not be sprayed or stepped on, should not be squeezed, defaced or stained. The naira should not be sold or counterfeited.”

Also, speaking at the event the Deputy Director, Currency Operations Department, Mr. Vincent Wuranti lamented that the way and manner Nigerians handle the Naira.

Wuranti noted that such acts affect the life span of the currency, “a lot of thought was put into the design and production of the nation’s currency, thus the need to have respect for the currency.”

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