The Director of the Garden City Literary Festival and Founder Rainbow Book Club, Mrs. Koko Kalango says, poor reading culture among Nigerian students and graduates is the major challenge facing human capital development in the community.
Mrs. Kalango said this Monday in an interview with newsmen at the day one of the 4th Garden City Literary Festival in Port Harcourt.
Mrs. Kalangu said, imbibing knowledge through reading is the only medium to guarantee rapid development of people and society.
She called on Rivers students and graduates to give priority to reading of some great writers work in the country and in the world in general.
The festival director who stressed the aim and objectives of this year’s literary festival said the programme is being scheduled annually to encourage literary talents as well as to encourage intellectual discussion and book reading culture for development of the people and the society.
Mrs. Kalango said the festival would attract great writers international critics, and intellectual scholars from all over the world including experts and professionals in Nigeria to tutor the public on how to acquire knowledge, talents and development in the country.
“We are bringing in international figures, critics and writers to impact knowledge to our participants particularly the students and young graduates for the development of the people and the society in general.” Mrs. Kalango stressed.
She called on the youths of Rivers State to use the golden opportunity of the festival to imbibe knowledge that would improve their capital development.
She further stressed that, the festival would also served as forum for our young scholars and writers to show case their literary works to the public at the 4th Garden City Book fair as parts of the festival this year.
Mrs. Kalango commended the government of Governor Ameachi for the support in convening the festival in the state.
She said, the opening ceremony would officially take place at the University of Port Harcourt main campus, today where Professor Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Elechi Amadi and other international literary actors would come and display their talent to the public.
Why We Won’t Succumb To Pressure From Criminals To Lift Curfew -Wike
The Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike says the curfew imposed in the wake of dastardly attacks on security formations in Rivers State would remain in place despite sponsored criticisms against it.
The governor, who reiterated that he was not unmindful of the traffic difficulty experienced by residents of the state, particularly in Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor while trying to beat the 8:30pm curfew time, argued that it was better to suffer inconveniences and be alive.
Wike defended the efficacy of the night curfew while speaking at the 60th birthday celebration of the federal lawmaker who represents Rivers South East Senatorial District in the Senate, Senator Barry Mpigi in Port Harcourt.
The governor said, “Some criminals, who have not been succeeding in kidnapping, have been sending people to go on radio to say the governor should be reasonable, and that they don’t want the curfew again.”
He further said, “Criminals are the ones who are doing that. I will not agree. Life and property is important for me. All those criminals who have been sending people to go on radio to say that they are suffering, and that we should extend the curfew to 12midnight, to enable them kidnap people from 7pm, will not succeed. Don’t waste your time.”
Wike explained that the imposition of the curfew was based on security advise by law enforcement agencies, as a precaution to prevent further attacks on security formations in the state.
He enjoined residents and people of the state to learn how to make sacrifices, suffer the inconveniences of today to achieve a better tomorrow.
According to him, “I want all of us to be alive to take care of our children.”
The governor also disclosed the cheering news that approval has been given for a Nigerian Law School campus to be sited in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
“We have gotten approval to have a Law School in Port Harcourt. It is not about me, it is the legacy you leave. This was a Law School that was given to Port Harcourt, but the previous government rejected it, and it was sent to Yenagoa.
“Today, we have that approval that there must be a Law School in Port Harcourt. And I can assure you that in six months’ time, our Law School will be the best Law School in Nigeria”, the governor said.
He also announced that a Federal High Court in Abuja has awarded $1.1billion to the state in a lawsuit against the Federal Government.
The $1.1billion is entitlements of Rivers State based on the subsisting decision of the Supreme Court over production sharing contracts arising from the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts, and urged the Federal Government to release the total sum now to sustain the infrastructure development momentum in the state.
Wike thanked God for His grace and benevolence towards Mpigi and his family.
The governor, who recalled that his relationship with Mpigi dates back to when they were both council chairmen, urged the senator to remain a steadfast Peoples Democratic Party stalwart.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the occasion and former President of the Movement of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Barrister Ledum Mitee, thanked God for the life of Mpigi, whom he described as a politician with grassroots appeal.
Responding, Senator Barry Mpigi said he decided to celebrate his 60th birthday specifically to thank God for life, sound health and his reuniting with Wike.
IPMAN Backs PPMC On Online Purchase Of Products
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), yesterday, commended the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) for coming with the online purchasing of petroleum products online, saying the development will facilitate easy determination of actual product consumption in the country.
The IPMAN, in a statement by its National President, Engr. Sanusi Fari, noted that the strategy would help the government plan effectively for the oil and gas sector in the years ahead.
This is even as the association pledged its readiness to partner with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government in its effort “at curbing trans-border smuggling of petroleum products.”
The statement further read, “We are supporting the Federal Government through the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on her efforts in curbing the trans-border smuggling of petroleum products.
“Our members are ready to partner and cooperate with security agencies toward eradication of smuggling of petroleum products across our borders.
“My administration can boast of a good working relationship with the leadership of the National Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).
“This working relationship can always yield positive result if harnessed by the Federal Government to curb smuggling.”
Fari dismissed speculations of factions in the association noting that by virtue of the Supreme Court ruling of December 14, 2018, the association is one indivisible body committed to the good of the petroleum industry in Nigeria.
“I want to reaffirm that IPMAN under my leadership is not factionalized. I remain the national president of IPMAN by virtue of a Supreme Court judgment of December 14, 2018, that recognized the 1997 IPMAN Constitution and the instrumentality of automatic succession to the Presidency of IPMAN as interpreted by the Federal High Court, Calabar on February 21, 2019.
“I call on all government and security agencies to ignore any person laying claims to the office as all the units and zones of IPMAN in the entire country are under my supervision.
“I can authoritatively confirm that my members nationwide have been complying with their renewal of bulk purchase agreement they entered with PPMC.
“I am, therefore, calling for closer cooperation with all government authorities to enable the populace to continue to enjoy constant availability of petroleum products,” the statement further read.
Gliz, Glamour As Oloketuyi Premieres Lockdown Heat
Last Sunday, June 13, Seun Oloketuyi’s latest film, ‘Lockdown Heat’ hit the big screen at Silver Bird Cinemas, Lagos for a major premiere. The premiere had celebrities and guests strutting the red carpet before converging on the theatre hall to catch a glimpse of the film.
Some of the guests at the premiere were Mary Lazarus, Samuel ‘Big Sam’ Olatunji, Gbenga Adeyinka and Seun Oloketuyi.
Speaking at the event, the producer of ‘Lockdown Heat’ said, he was inspired by the covid 19 pandemic, which resulted in many notions of locking down cities and countries to curtail the spread of the virus.
”The movie is a true life story which happened during the lockdown, it’s a story of survival during the pandemic, because I don’t think anybody in our generation ever witnessed a pandemic”, Oloketuyi said.
On his part, the movie director, Big Sam Oloketuyi, described the movie as a fantasy film with a blend of two characters, Mary Lazarus and Efa Iwara, who catch viewers’ attention for over an hour. “The movie is a testament to the fact you have to deal with a certain past so that you can forge ahead”, he said.
The film parades Nollywood stars including: Bolanle Omowunmi Dada, Veteran comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka, Mr Macaroni and a host of others.
“Lockdown Heat” tells a story of two young attractive neighbours of opposite sexes, who found themselves embroiled in a shut gun romance as a result of the covid-19 inspired lockdown.
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