The UN cultural agency on Saturday inscribed five cultural sites, including one transnational property; in Europe and Saudi Arabia on the World Heritage List.
During its extended 44th session held online, the World Heritage Committee selected the cultural sites in Saudi Arabia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Italy; the UK for World Heritage List, days after removing Liverpool Maritime Mercantile City from it.
The inscription of sites on the World Heritage is scheduled to continue through 28 July.
Dholavira, an archaeological site in Gujarat which represents the ruins of an ancient city of the Harappan civilization; and the Glorious Kakatiya Temples and Gateways in Telangana will also be examined for inscription on UNESCO’s list.
Here are the five newly inscribed sites on World Heritage List:
Ḥimā Cultural Area, Saudi Arabia
It contains a substantial collection of rock art images depicting hunting; fauna, flora and lifestyles in a cultural continuity of 7,000 years.
For centuries, travellers and armies have left rock inscriptions on the site; most of which are preserved in pristine condition, said UNESCO.
It is located at the oldest known toll station on an important ancient desert caravan route where centuries-old wells still produce fresh water.
The Great Spa Towns of Europe
This transnational site comprises 11 towns located in seven European countries: Baden bei Wien (Austria); Spa (Belgium); Františkovy Lázně (Czechia); Karlovy Vary (Czechia); Mariánské Lázně (Czechia); Vichy (France); Bad Ems (Germany); Baden-Baden (Germany); Bad Kissingen (Germany); Montecatini Terme (Italy); and City of Bath (UK). These towns, developed around natural mineral water springs, bear witness to the international European spa culture.
“Together, these sites embody the significant interchange of human values and developments in medicine, science and balneology,” said UNESCO.
Cordouan Lighthouse, France
This active lighthouse located near the mouth of the Gironde estuary in the Atlantic Ocean was built in white limestone dressed blocks at the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries and was remodelled in the late 18th century.
Calling it a masterpiece of maritime signalling; UNESCO said that the monumental tower embodies the great stages of the architectural and technological history of lighthouses.
Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Germany
The neighbourhood in west-central Germany was established in 1897 as a centre for emerging reform movements in architecture, arts and crafts.
The buildings were created by its artist members as experimental early modernist living and working environments and were expanded during successive international exhibitions in 1901; 1904, 1908 and 1914, according to UNESCO.
“Today, it offers a testimony to early modern architecture; urban planning and landscape design; all of which were influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement and the Vienna Secession,” the UN agency said.
Padua’s fourteenth-century fresco cycles, Italy
The site, composed of eight religious and secular building complexes; houses a selection of fresco cycles painted between 1302 and 1397.
While the fresco cycles were painted by different artists for different types of patrons, they maintain a unity of style and content.
“As a group, these fresco cycles illustrate how, over the course of a century; fresco art developed along a new creative impetus and understanding of spatial representation,” said UNESCO.
‘Nothing Must Happen To Him’ Nigerians Warn As Chiwetalu Agu Rocks Biafra Flag Outfit
Nigerians on social media have expressed concerns about veteran actor, Chiwetalu Agu after photos of him posing with a Biafra flag outfit surfaced online.
The actor who seemed to have joined the league of celebrities pledging their support for the restoration of the independent state of Biafra, in the Old Eastern Region of Nigeria was pictured rocking a Biafra outfit.
However, the photos of the 65-year-old actor in half of a yellow sun outfit has stirred reactions as fans genuinely fear for his safety warning the authorities that nothing should happen to him for expressing his God-given human right.
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See reactions the photos generated below;
@weighbunny wrote; “Chaii. My heart skipped, I think say na another thing…It is well with him”
@____f.o.e wrote; “Now his safety is in danger.”
dumebiblog wrote; ‘‘Embrace who you are”
uwakautos wrote; ”Nothing must happened to this man oo”
oneheart_but_two wrote; “The best I’ve seen today.”
majorchuks wrote; “Odogwu”
oluwatobi_official wrote; ‘Make una no put this man for trouble oo’
i_am_dollypee wrote; ‘Ki won lo yin baba oni baba lorun’
Biafra, officially the Republic of Biafra, was a secessionist state in West Africa that separated from Nigeria and existed from May 1967 to January 1970.
Over the years, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have continued to advocate for the secession of the Igbo-populated Southeast zone, by demanding a referendum from the federal government and going public with calls for the creation of a sovereign Biafra nation.
Why I Want To Be Next APC National Chairman – Ali Modu Sheriff
A former Governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, has revealed why he wants to become the next national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Naija News reports that the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni is yet to fix a date for the national convention where new National Working Committee (NWC) members would be elected.
Speaking on Wednesday in Abakaliki, when he visited Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state, Sheriff said he wants to unite the party if allowed to be the APC national chairman.
He stated that as a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), he has all the experience needed to succeed.
The former governor disclosed that he was in the state to consult with the governor because of his influence in the South East and among his colleagues.
Sheriff commended Umahi for his “giant strides” across all sectors in the state and urged him to keep up the good work.
He added that the APC is proud of his achievements in the state, adding that the two strongest states in the Southeast are APC states.
“You are very influential in APC and your fellow governors and leaders across the country rate you highly for your infrastructural strides, among other achievements.
“The only two strongest states in Southeastern Nigeria are APC states. With what I have seen, I can now tell people to visit Ebonyi State, this is because you have made APC governors proud,” he said.
Speaking further, Sheriff said the next president can come from any part of the country, adding that Buhari should be supported to complete his tenure.
“It is, however, not the time to talk about the next president because an incumbent is still in office and should be supported to accomplish his goals,” he said.
Akwa Ibom: Emmanuel Signs Anti-Open Grazing Bill into Law
Following the resolution of the Southern Governors Forum against the open grazing of cattle, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has signed the Anti-Open Grazing Bill into law.
Recall that the state House of Assembly has passed the bill into law on Tuesday during its plenary, presided over by the Speaker, Aniekan Bassey.
The assembly, however, allowed the establishment of ranches and livestock administration in the state, after it adopted the recommendations of the Joint House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lands and Housing.
During the signing at Exco Chambers Government House on Wednesday in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel said the open rearing and grazing of livestock has been banned in the state.
The governor added that a task force will be set up to monitor enforcement as defaulters will pay a fine of N10 million naira as stipulated in the bill.
Emmanuel stated that the bill will promote modern techniques of animal husbandry, promote job opportunities and expand the value chain in livestock business as well as promote international best practices in the state.
The governor added that the bill will promote the production of high quality livestock in the state as well as promote international best practices.
He further said that the bill will promote the growth of livestock farming and prevent the destruction of farms, crops settlements and homes caused by open rearing across the state.
Naija News reports that the signing was witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Speaker State House of Assembly, Attorney-General and Commissioner of Justice, State Executive Council Members.
Others who witnessed the assent include Chairmen of Boards and Commissions, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Extra-Ministerial Departments.
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