The Commission is runned through the following Departments and Units:
Director General Office
The office of the Director-General is charged with the responsibility of piloting the affairs of the Commission. The office ensures that the vision and mission of the Commission in actualized. Therefore this office monitors the activities of all the directorates in the Commission.
To this end all activities carried out by all the Directorates are subject to his approval. To actualise the goals of the Commisison the following units directly report to the office of the Director General: Project and Works; M.I.S; Antiquities Protection Unit; Repatriation; Legal; Procurement; Corporate Affairs; and Audit.
Department of Administration and Supplies (DAS)
The Department is responsible for assisting and advising the Director-General on the day-to-day administration of the Commission. It is saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the day to day administration and supplies of the Commission.
It also handles information management in the form of memo, circulars and notices. It is comprised of four Division: Administrative, Supplies, Establishment and Human Resource Development.
Make up of the Divisions
The Senior Staff Estbalishment Unit, the Junior Staff Establishment Unit, Secret Registry Unit, Records Unit, Pension Unit, Discpline Unit, Training Unit, General duties Unit and Discipline Unit are in charge of the administrative section.
The Supplies section is in charge of general procurement of official needs such as stationeries, office equipment, computer hard and software, office furniture and storing them. The division also administers the material properties of the Commission.
Upon request and after a comprehensive staff audit, the Department also collate the staff position and process the employment of new staff. This is done after due approval by the Honourable Minister of Culture and Information.
Department of Educational Services and Trianing (DEST)
The Primary function of this Department is to educate visitors and the general public using museum materials and to initiate educational programmes and activities for museum's numerous private and institutional visitors. Its activities are all embracing since it utilizes the resources of all the other arms of the Commission.
This Directorate is the link between the public and Museum. It is also responsible for staff training and sensitisation programmes of the Commission.
Department of Finance and Accounts (DFA)
Thie Directorate is divided into six divisions namely: Salaries and Wages, Advances, Final Accounts, Other charges, Funds and Treasury. It is responsible for the maintenance of all systems of internal financial controls that manage risks and ensure proper budgetary and accounting systems are established and maintained to enhance internal control, accountability and transparency.
Department Museums (DM)
The mandate of the Department of Museums includes the general maintenance and management of museum outlets, the collections, the formulation and promotion of museum policies, ethics and practices, conservation, exhibition and interpretation of the collection.
These objectives are accomplished through acquisition of cultural objects, their documentation, conservation/preservation; their interpretation through exhibitions and public programming; as well as the maintenance of existing museums including the regulation and accreditation of privately owned museums.
The Commission through the activities of the directorate has not only built and maintained museums throughout the country but also disseminated knowedge through its activities.
Department of Monuments, Heritage and Sites (DMHS)
The Department of Monuments, Heritage and Sites was created from the Department of Museums and Monuments in 2002. The following functions were assigned to the Department:
Identifaction, Inventory, Documentation, Conservation, Protection and Preservation of Monuments, Heritage and Sites nationwide
Declaration of monuments of outstanding values as National Monuments
Maintenance of a national registry and inventory of national monuments and sites
Assist states and local governments in sites inventory, documentation and conservation
Assist in the development of Nigeria's cultural policy and preparation of conservation master plan for tourism
Promote the implementation of international conventions on the heritage, ICOMOS charters, recommendation and resolution on conservation, eco-cultural tourism and cultural education
Implementation of UNESCO World Heritage Programmes
In order to fulfil the above listed functions, the department has over the years developed a programme of activities that included documentation, conservation and development of draft management plans for some selected sites in the six geo-political zones in Nigeria, winning more World Heritage Sites, consolidation of Eco-Museum projects, and Training Programmes.
Department of Research, Planning and Publications (DRPP)
This Department comprises the following units: Archaeology, Ethnography, Library, Publications and Planning.
Archaeology Unit is responsible for conducting archaeological excavations, reconaissance work, approving and monitoring excavations by University lecturers and expatriate archaeologists.
Ethnography unit is charged with the responsibility of conducting ethnographic researc into the social organisation of traditional societies in Nigeria, and also carry out comparative research into the material and non material culture of the Nigerian people, thus providing data to the cultural objects presented and deposited in the museum.
The Museum Libraries take custody of all publications and archival materials. They also oversee the sale of the publications of the Commisison such as Nigeian Heritage, Nok Terracotta, Two Thousand Years of Nigerian Art etc.
The library is involved in digitization of library and archival materials. This project involves assessment of the materials for digitization, training of personnel and storage of the digitized materials on CDs. There are functional libraries in the following museums: Jos, Lagos, kaduna, Benin, Calabar, Owerri and Enugu.
Publicatins Unit is responsible for the printing of all researched documents, exhibition posters and leaflets and other printable materials for the Commission. The main duties performed by this Division are:
(a) Printing of research materials, exhibitions gudes, posters, leaflets etc.
(b) Binding and collating of printed materials.
Project and Works Unit(P&W)
This Unit designs, supervises projects and maintains the Commission's buildings. It also advises the Commission generally on project valuation and execution.
Management Information Systems Unit(M.I.S)
The M.I.S unit is in charge of ICT in the Museum, and it provides information for the smooth management of the Commission. It does system maintenance and networking, keep database of staff, objects, sites, vendors and projects; controls the Commisison's on-line portal and website, by ensuring the security of the Commisison's files and documents from outside invasion. The Unit also trains the Commission's staff and managemnt on IT related skills, as well as newly acquired computer softwares, which are to assist in the course of discharging their duties. Finally, it recommends and advices the Management of the Commission on Information Technology trends as obtainable in the market.
The Internal Audit Unit
Internal Audit Unint ensures internal control system and compliance with the existing financial regulations in an organisational operation. The unit also performs this role and any other special assigment from the audit committee of a public liability company in line with section 359(3) of CAMA 1990.
The Legal Unit
The Legal Unit of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments is saddled with teh responsibility of advising the Chief Executive of the Commission in particular and the Commission in general on taking legally right steps and making decisions that will stand the test of time. The Unit not only renders legal opinion and advice but among other things represents the Commission in Courts, Panels and Tribunals etc.
Antiquities Protection Unit (APU)
This Unit works under the supervision of the Director-General as a result of its sensitive nature. The Unit ensures the safety of all the objects and artefacts in the Commission's galleries and stores. In addition, it is responsible for the day to day safeguarding of lives and property in the Commission.
Public Relations Unit (PR)
This Unit is charged with the responsibility of projecting, propagating and creating awareness between the Museum and the public amongst others.
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