Seven Wonders seeks disused aircraft for aviation museum
THE Project Director of the Seven Wonders of Nigeria, Mr. Ikechi Uko has indicated his interest to build an aviation museum. He said he intends to build the museum with disused aircraft that liter the nation’s airport.
In a proposal he developed for the aviation managers, he suggested that ‘Naija 7 Wonders’ be allowed to develop the Museum in Nigeria that will warehouse some of the disused aircraft.
Ukoh, a respected travel analyst, said, Nigeria needs an aviation Museum with a hall of fame that will inform, preserve and promote aviation history of Nigeria, the players and the incidents that shaped the industry over the years.
This Museum, he further explained, would fit properly with the transformation agenda of the government of leaving lasting legacies behind, adding that it was part of the ideals set out by the seven wonders of Nigeria project to present Nigeria in a new light to grow national pride and generate tourism income.
His words, “an aviation museum, the first of its kind in this region would attract tourism traffic and will educate and empower a new generation of aviators. Instead of destroying the aircraft, they can be put to beneficial use in educating the youths and drawing tourism income. Some of the aircraft are out of production and can be treated as vintage craft if well packaged.”
“Naija 7 Wonders is proposing to work with the authorities to make this project a success in the shortest possible time using time tested methods. As a travel promoter I do know that with the co-operation of stakeholders the museum will be up and running within a calendar year.”
Naija 7 Wonders is the search for the unique wonders of Nigeria a project started with over 50 judges including journalists, tour operators and other professionals.
After 24 months, seven unique sites were chosen as the seven wonders of Nigeria. These sites are Obudu mountain resort, Sukur landscape in Adamawa, Oke Idanre in Ondo State, Benin moat, Kano walls, Osun groove and National war Museum, Umuahia.
The second phase of the project is the differentiation and promotion of the sites and an aviation museum sits properly in that list considering the impact Aviation has had on Nigeria’s history.