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.
Update: Army confirms Boko Haram resorted to Arson burn entire Community in Borno
Nigerian Army has confirmed that Boko Haram terrorists actually invaded a community in Borno state on Wednesday night, and burnt down the area. Read stated below…
Frustrated by the current military deployments which has made most towns and villages impenetrable in the North East, the Boko Haram, have resorted to arson of make shift houses in remote settlements.
Just before Midnight on 14 November 2018, a pocket of Boko Haram sneaked into Mammanti village along Damboa Road in Borno State, fired some shots to scare the inhabitants and set some houses ablaze.
Troops from 251 Task Force Battalion were quickly mobilized to engage the Boko Haram, who fled in disarray. However, 2 civilians were wounded and have been evacuated to a nearby hospital for treatment. Exploitation of the area is ongoing.
Over 162,000 Bags of Rice Donated to IDPs By China spoil in NEMA Stores
While the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the north-east are not only crying for hunger, but also acute malnutrition ravaging their children, 162,696 bags of rice donated by the Chinese government to the IDPs have been abandoned and left to rot in stores belonging to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), according to an online medium, The Cable.
In June 2017, the Chinese government had donated and shipped a total of 6,779 metric tons of rice, which is 271 trucks and approximately 162,696 bags of rice into the country’s seaport meant for distribution to IDPs in the north-east as food assistance.
Government agencies, like the ministry of budget and national planning, ministry of agriculture, ministry of finance and NEMA were tasked with different responsibilities of receiving, clearing, storage, transportation and distribution of the consignments to the IDPs.
But one year later, after the food items were cleared from the port, they have not reached their destinations – even after another N161 million was said to have been spent on transportation, delivery and logistics.
According to the United Nations, Nigeria is still facing a crisis of global magnitude with 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance in the north east.
In April, while testifying in company of an official of the Nigeria Customs Service before the house of representatives ad hoc committee on emergency and disaster preparedness, Mustapha Maihaja, director-general of NEMA, denied that the rice was missing.
Maihaja told the committee that the first batch was cleared from the ports and stored in a warehouse in Maiduguri, Borno state, and Yola in Adamawa state.
However, the state governments where the beneficiaries are have denied receiving any single bag of rice from the consignment purported to have been delivered and distributed to the IDPs by NEMA.
Boko Haram terrorists invade Mamannti village in Borno raze Community
Men suspected to be Boko Haram terrorists have attacked and razed down another community near Maiduguri , Borno state on Wednesday night.
The terrorists, who rode on bicycles, invaded Mamannti village, an outskirts of Maiduguri at about 10:30pm yesterday, shouting “God is great” as they shoot sporadically.
According to eyewitnesses, the whole community was burnt down as residents fled to Molai for safety.
“As I am speaking with you, the village is burnt down and many animals dead, when people were running; the invaders said, “don’t run we have been warned not to kill you.”
He added: “I can’t tell you the casualties figure because we all ran to Molai. We are waiting for the military to go there now,” the source said.
The Boko Haram insurgents have been staging attacks on communities close to Maiduguri in recent times, burning down houses and carting away foodstuff and livestock.
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