Writ­ers should write about the en­vi­ron­ment – ANA

Weekly Trust - - Weekend Magazine - Nathaniel Bi­van

The As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Authors (ANA) has called on cre­ative writ­ers to en­gage their skills, books and other cre­ative works to ar­tic­u­late is­sues of the en­vi­ron­ment and cli­mate change. This is in or­der to aid the pub­lic aware­ness ef­fort of the gov­ern­ment as re­gards the re­cent wave of floods in the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly the most re­cent, in Benue State.

This was con­tained in a re­lease signed by the pres­i­dent of ANA, Denja Ab­dul­lahi, where the gov­ern­ment and the or­gan­ised pri­vate sec­tor are also en­joined to sup­port the ef­fort to rein­vig­o­rate and bring back into the scheme the lit­er­ary prizes on en­vi­ron­men­tal writ­ing spon­sored pre­vi­ously by Chevron and NDDC but which were later dis­con­tin­ued by those or­ga­ni­za­tions.

The as­so­ci­a­tion, while con­dol­ing with vic­tims, peo­ple and gov­ern­ment of Benue State, ex­pressed its worry over the re­cent nat­u­ral dis­as­ter in Benue State where a large part of Makurdi, the state cap­i­tal, and other lo­ca­tions were flooded.

This is com­ing at a time when Benue State is set to hold the 36th In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion of ANA com­ing up be­tween Oc­to­ber 26 to 29 2017. The as­so­ci­a­tion calls on mem­bers na­tion­wide, well-mean­ing in­di­vid­u­als, lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions to come to the aid of vic­tims of the flood.

ANA calls on the Benue State gov­ern­ment, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and all the stake­hold­ers in en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment to ex­plore in­no­va­tive and cre­ative dy­nam­ics and ap­pa­ra­tuses to fight the prob­lem. “It is also the po­si­tion of the as­so­ci­a­tion that more se­ri­ous at­ten­tion should be given to cli­mate change is­sues in our so­ci­ety beyond the usual pol­icy doc­u­ment. Our ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem at all lev­els should be equipped with per­son­nel, fa­cil­i­ties and sup­port to en­hance teach­ing and learning about cli­mate change and en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity from the per­spec­tive and di­ver­sity of the dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines of the arts, cul­ture, sci­ences and tech­nol­ogy and with am­ple ref­er­ence to the ex­ist­ing indige­nous knowl­edge sys­tems in our com­mu­ni­ties,” the as­so­ci­a­tion said.

Olu­mide Olaniyan

Amina Aboje

Chin­eye Okechukwu

Olak­i­tan Aladesuyi

Alade Oluwa­toyin

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