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Engage with Realities of Lagos Mega City, Senator Adetunmbi charges Authors

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Engage with Realities of Lagos Mega City, Senator Adetunmbi charges Authors

To become more relevant, members of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), must engage critically with the realities of the mega-city of Lagos, this is according to Senator Olu Adetunmbi the immediate past Senator representing Ekiti North.

Speaking to the theme of the October 2018 Convention of the writers’ body at the patrons’ nite of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Lagos Chapter: Literature: Mega-cities and Mega Realities recently, Senator Olu Adetunmbi held that “literature and literary writings must insist on presenting objective realities.”

He applauded the upcoming ANA Convention whose theme explores the relationship between Mega-cities, Literature and Mega Narratives.

According to the immediate past Senator representing Ekiti North, “Megacities offer avenues to explore a wide array of existential realities with the capacity to resolve critical problems.”

Literary works must begin to reflect the reality of living in a city such as Lagos, where diverse backgrounds, cultures and experiences agglomerate.”

Adetunmbi listed 3 critical examples of such relevant themes which include the reality of solid waste management in the mega city of Lagos, a major challenge considering the fact that Lagos generates 4million tonnes of solid waste yearly.

The population explosion in Lagos as another critical reality. The steady influx of people adds tremendous pressure on housing and other goods and services.

The third reality centres around environmental pollution from carbondioxide emissions in Lagos state, and its impact on life expectancy, which in Nigeria is about 53 years, a sad fact, he said, given our resources.

He did not leave out the place of Lagos as a prominent place in Nigeria’s history, as a melting pot and a frontier of colonial interface with West Africa.

In conclusion, he charged the authors to continue to improve on their work and expand their fiction and non-fiction works to the various realities of the lagos mega-city.

The event, which held at Freedom Park, Broad street, Lagos, was staged to honor the Association’s past and new patrons.

It was well graced by eminent personalities including the former Deputy governor of Lagos State, Chief Mrs Sinatu Ojikutu, former Director General of Ministry of Women Affairs, Lagos state, Mrs Maureen Bakare, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, ably represented by Hon Wahab Alawiye-King.

Also in attendance is Dr Tolu Ajayi, first Chairman of ANA Lagos, Mrs Toki Mabogunje, Vice President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries and many others.

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Emotions are temporary, Decisions are Permanent – Reno Omokri

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Reno Omokri has dropped few words that will help while making decisions. The former spokesperson to former President, Goodluck Jonathan sounded against taking decisions that last permanently over temporary emotions.

“If you stop drinking water because you don’t like urinating, it is you who suffers, not water. If you stop relating with your family because you don’t like what they did to you, it is you who will suffer. Family is like water. They quench thirst, but can cause urination.

They are like your fingernails. Sometimes they can scratch you, but you don’t permanently remove them because of that temporary inconvenience.

Emotions are temporary. Decisions are more permanent. So, what is the wisdom in basing a permanent decision on a temporary emotion? It is like making a raincoat your permanent uniform because it rained yesterday. Rains are temporary. Uniforms are permanent #RenosNuggets,” he wrote.

 

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Stop attacks against BEDC, 46 CSOs warn

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Against the backdrop of incessant hostility mounted on its operation, electricity consumers in Edo State, especially those hiding under the cover of civil rights advocacy to foist unlawful conducts, and the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, have been urged to desist from doing so fortwith or face legal actions.

A group with 46 allied Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI), Abuja, made this declaration at a World Press Conference addressed by its National Convener, Comrade Solomon Adodo at Abia House, Abuja.

“We call on the Governor of Edo State to forthwith refrain from antagonizing BEDC Electricity Plc and instead follow relevant rules and guidelines governed by clearly cut contract terms. The issue of power distribution in Edo State should not be unnecessarily politicised,” TADI stated.

“It should be made clear that all DISCOs are firmly protected by the contract terms and conditions under, which they were issued licences and it is on record that BEDC has not in any way breached such conditions” TADI said further.

According to the group, “we shall resist this evil at all costs in the best interest of sustainable business practice in order not to ward of future investors and / or frustrate the gains made thus far in the power sector”.

On this note, we call on the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Company (NBET) and every concerned regulator to immediately come out and clear the air on the needless controversies being stirred to cripple the BEDC under its current management.

“If we do not get appropriate feedback within seven days of this notice, we shall be left with no other option but to embark on peaceful procession to these offices for the sake of sanity in our power sector”, the group stressed.

TADI said that as stakeholders, the federal government has representation on the board of respective DISCOs and it is totally at its discretion to appoint whoever she deems it fit to represent her interest in the DISCOs, saying further that “it is not the DISCOs that determine who federal government appoints as her representative contrary to what some naysayers would have us believe in the case of BEDC”.

“It is empirical to note that the respective DISCOs can only distribute the amount of power sold to them by NBET based on the Multi Year Tariff Order (MYTO) allocation allotted each DISCO. Thus contrary to wrong assertions, DISCOs are not allotted power based on what their respective states generate but as determined by NBET using the MYTO allocation system. It added.

TADI disclosed that it has identified with “patriotic disenchantment the consistent, brazen and expertly contrived attempts by certain unpatriotic elements to sabotage the dexterous efforts of BEDC to supply power to Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti States.

These findings, according to TADI indicated that the entities have launched media and physical attacks on BEDC and primarily bent on destroying the corporate reputation of BEDC on one hand and discredit the federal government’s roadmap for power stability.

 

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Scandal Rocks Udom Rice Mill

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*Farmers call it a scam

*Mill owned by local farmer

*Say rice imported from Kogi, Adamawa

A major scandal is rocking the rice mill project recently commissioned by Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State as part of his agricultural development programme.

Rice farmers in Ini Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have refuted claims by the state government that rice is grown, processed and packaged at old local “rice mills” in Mbiabet Ikot Udo community, stating that the Akwa Ibom State government “imports grains from Adamawa and Kogi states, to be repackaged at the mills, in a deliberate plan to deceive the people.”

The farmers also debunked state government’s ownership claims on rice farms in the area. They raised alarm that bags of rice which the government of Udom Emmanuel claim to have produced still bear the stamp of rice from “Rijiya” from the modern market in Adamawa State.

“This is pure 419,” the Youth President of Mbiabet Ikot Udo, Mr. Uwakima Effiong Okon stated. “How can a governor who claims to support farmers be doing 419 with us? It is very unfortunate.”

Our correspondent, who went on a fact finding mission recently, also discovered that locally produced local rice is processed at a mill run independently by the farmers in the community.

Uwakima Effiong Okon said that rice farmers in the locality are not under the employ of the state government, and emphasized that the state government has no rice farm in Ini Local Government Area of the state.

He stated: “We are not employed by the state government; we cultivate and process our rice here and sell it in the local markets. Akwa Ibom state government has no rice farm in the whole of Ini local government area.

“The rice mill recently commissioned by the governor is owned by one Mr. Utuk. We’ve never been contacted to take our rice there for processing and we won’t go there because we have our local mills here. Besides, rice processed at the mill are imported from Kogi and Adamawa state. Government does not own any rice farm here,” he said.

Okon noted that the mill and abandoned silos were established in 1975 by the Federal Government, and divulged that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) renovated the mill in 2006, that it has since been put to use by the locals.

He called on the State Government to come to their aid by providing grants, loans and other incentives to boost their output.

Also, a rice farmer, Mrs. Glory Effiong Umoh, frowned at claims that the state government owns rice farms in the area.

“My grandfather introduced rice farming in this community. They (state government) should stop deceiving the people. We independently grow and process our rice without any support from the state government”, she stated.
Another rice farmer, Mr. Nsikak Sunday, described government claims as lie.

“It’s a lie, they have not done anything for us. We heard that they bring rice from Kogi State to their mill; they don’t make use of our rice. This farm you see us owned by the community. They (state government) have been coming here severally with fake promises.”

A couple of other rice farmers, Abraham Umoh and Nathaniel Okon also described state government’s claims as fallacious.

Our correspondent was shown a large expanse of abandoned land hitherto donated by the Mbiabet group of villages to the state government for the cultivation of rice. Our source say, Mbiabet people have not been given any reason for the abandonment.

The land is few metres from the palatial mansion of the Akwa Ibom State Women Affairs Commissioner, Mrs. Gloria Edet,
at Ikpe Ikot Nkon.

The area is bereft of tarred roads, electricity, and health centres.
Earlier in the day, newsmen were denied access to the state government owned “mill.”

Credit: Ephraim Etim

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