Transformation of Histo-Colonial Sites for Socio-Economic Development of Niger State
Historical sites are fast losing their relevance with most of them being declining and barren. This paper relies on secondary data to examine the histo-colonial sites and socio-economic development of Niger state. The study reveals that colonial sites generally are valuable resources for socioeconomic development especially job creation, infrastructure development, small-scale enterprise, and overall economic advantages across. The study established that Niger state historical sites were abandoned by the governments since the attainment of political independence; and there are few or no investors to revive the colonial historical sites. In order to meet-up with the global practice and to boost the revenue base of the state cum socio-economic development, this paper recommends for legislation on annual budget to protect all the colonial historical sites. In the same vein, local and foreign investors should be encouraged to invest in the histo-colonial sites to boost the state economy, vis-à-vis addressing the problem of unemployment, increase trading activities, industrialization and above all help in increase the country gross domestic product (GDP) and Gross National Product (GNP).
Keywords: Transformation, Histo-Colonial, Investors, Edifice, Conversion, Unemployment