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‘Why FG Should Involve Artists In Governance’

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Former Chairman of Society of Nigerian Artists, Lagos chapter, Mr Olu Ajayi, has said getting artists involved in the think tank of governance would go along way to proffer creative solutions to the recurrent problems in the country.

  Speaking to The Tide during a two – day meet-the-author event organised by the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Limited (NLNG) in Bonny, last week Ayaji argued that the, government was losing out by thinking that religious leaders should be the only people to run to in times of difficulty or when they were in need of philosophical advice.

“No. The artists’ role is there. And it is when you have a creative solution to a problem that you begin to find a due dimension to it. What we see today is stereotyped solution to the recurrent problems. So, what you find is government becoming predictable. People already know what they are going to do because it is always the same thing,” the fine artist and painter argued.

He added that government, rather than embracing and seeing the need to locate the artists properly in governance, choose people from other disciplines into the caucus of government and reduces them to mere craft or skills for producing pictures, entertainment items or objects for interior decoration.

According to him, going back to history, great philosophers and artists contributed adequately to the development of their states, adding that, “they were close to power. In fact they were with power. Their role was cut out. They were in the heart of the think tank to the king. They were the people that the king consulted”.

He, therefore, urged the government to locate artists and properly situate them in the arm of government alongside traditional and religious leaders if we are to have lasting solutions to the problems of  the country.

Also speaking , the head of NLNG School, Mr Dirk Schui Ling, advised government to provide opportunity and access to books by building as many libraries as possible and stock them with books.

He explained that this would inculcate a reading culture in them, thus making them have more knowledge, which they say, is power.

Corroborating this stance, the guest author, Mrs Chinyere Obi-Obasi said imbibing a reading culture would no doubt correct the ills of our society as a lot of good habits are picked through reading good books.

Obi-Obasi also advised children to remain focused despite the negative circumstances around them, as they would not remain children forever and would be accountable for their conducts someday.

The meet-the-author event is an annual event organised by NLNG with the aim of impacting on the students in its host communities.

This year’s event featured “The great fall” by Chinyere Obi-Obasi, a 2011 winner of “the Nigeria Prize for Literature,” and an International fine artists and painter, Mr Olu Ajayi.

Schools in attendance were the NLNG School, Bonny, Bonny National Grammar School, Bonny, community Secondary School, Abalamabia and government Girls Secondary School Finima, (Junior and Senior sections).

 

Vivian-Peace Nwinaene

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RSG Alerts On Orchestrated Media Campaign

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The Rivers State Government has raised alarm over alleged moves by some critics of the government to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the state government.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, yesterday, reads, “The Rivers State Government is aware of clandestine plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State to use selected media houses in the state to denigrate the government of Governor Nyesom Wike.
“This is as a result of the intimidating sterling performance of Governor Wike in infrastructure, healthcare, education, agriculture, rural transformation, housing development, administration of justice, social welfare and sports development.
“This orchestrated campaign spearheaded by a defeated and dumped governorship aspirant of the APC, Dr. Dakuku Peterside is designed to portray the government of Governor Wike as one that is not meeting the developmental aspirations of Rivers people.
“However, the uncommon transformation of the 23 local government areas as witnessed during the last six years of projects commissioning and flag off shows clearly that Governor Wike is actually meeting the yearnings of the people.
“The fact that Rivers people that turn out en mass at the various projects sites to heartily welcome their beloved governor and his guests drawn from all political divides is a clear indication that Rivers people can no longer be swayed by cheap politically induced blackmail.
“The truth of the matter is that the APC government that boasted that Governor Wike will not see money to pay workers’ salaries and execute projects has been humbled by the revolution in governance currently witnessed in the state.
“Instead of people like Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his acolytes to eat the humble pie, they are busy looking for cheap popularity through sponsored appearances in the media.
“No matter how hard these detractors push their propaganda, Governor Wike will never be distracted in executing his social contract with the people of Rivers State.
“In the next few weeks, more projects that have direct bearing to the lives of Rivers people will be unveiled.
“Governor Wike’s promise to continue working as if this is his first tenure and not abandon any project remains sacrosanct.
“Rivers people are watching those whose stock in trade is to dance naked and pray that they continue as merchants of mischief, falsehood and baseless allegations.”
“The people of Rivers State love Governor Wike whose outstanding achievements in salvaging the state from the dearth of basic infrastructural development required for speedy socioeconomic transformation has received national and international applause.
“Therefore, no amount of negative propaganda by the failed APC can diminish the legacy of Governor Wike in Rivers State.
“Rather than launder the thoroughly battered image of the APC, such media appearances by Dr. Dakuku Peterside and his cohorts will further expose APC’s penchant for lies and deception which is now a public knowledge.
“The former governor of Rivers State, Dr. Peter Odili, has confirmed that Governor Wike is the best Rivers State has produced.
“’I have been there. And I make bold to say Governor Nyesom Wike, you are the best,’ Dr. Odili said.
“Odili’s comment serves as an answer to those masquerading as informed commentators with puerile and suffocating commentaries”, the statement added.

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Bandits In Trouble As Super Tucano Aircraft Arrives

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The first batch of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft has arrived in Kano, yesterday, at about 12.34 pm.
The NAF Director of Public Relations and Information, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, confirmed the arrival of the fighter aircraft in a statement.
“On hand to receive the aircraft were the Hon. Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen Bashir Magashi (rtd); Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Farouk Yahaya; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Oladayo Amao”, he said.

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We’ve No Patience With Failure, Oyedepo Lashes Out At Sacked Pastors

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The General Overseer and Founder of The Living Faith Church International also known as Winners’ Chapel, Bishop David Oyedepo, has reacted to the recent sack of over 40 pastors by the church.
One of the affected Pastors, Peter Godwin, took to social media, claiming they were sacked for not generating enough income.
Godwin, who was in one of the church’s branches in Ekiti State, had claimed, “I was told by the management that the church doesn’t operate at a loss.
“They also told me that the total income that is being generated from my station should be able to cater for my welfare and accommodation, so as a result of low income, I’m hereby dismissed.”
Reacting to the allegation in a video posted on the social media, Oyedepo said the sack of the pastors was not about money, adding that the latter were sacked as a result of their failure and the church “has no patience with failure.
“Money? Nonsense! We have never lacked it, and yet, we have never prayed for it.
“We are just simply obeying God, and He is backing up what He is asking us to do. Awesome God,” he noted.
On those criticising the sack, the GO said, “People are confused about our ministry. I learnt some fellows said, you know, they are not bringing income, that is why they asked them to go”.
He added, “We asked you to go because you are unfruitful. Unfruitful! Blatant failure. Doing what there? We have no patience with failure here.
“When we employed 7,000 people at a time, social media was dead.
“We have more employees in this organisation than most of the states. No one is owed a dime salary and we don’t borrow, we don’t beg. Ask our bank whether we take overdraft.
“We are covenant bound, working in the light of God’s word, enjoying an open Heaven.”

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