The Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas ,NLNG has publicly present, Abubakar Adam Ibrahim as the Winner of the 2016 Nigeria Prize for Literature.
Speaking at the presentation, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said the Nigerian government would create a synergy between the creative Industry and the Private Sector.
The Minister lamented that the intellectual properties of Nigerian Authors have not been well protected ,he stressed that no Nigeruian Author should die in penury or poverty.
Alhaji Mohammed decried what he called none meeting of points for minds between the creative industry and the private sector.
He urged the private sector to take interest in the creative sector.
“Nigeria has stamped its authority and prominence in the creative industry accross the globe”
“We have had the likes of Gabriel okara,Professor Wole Soyinka and the likes of them but we have failed to protect the intellectual property of these people”the Minister said.
“One of the the things that attracted me to the NLNG was this prize for Literature, I was impressed that a company that is largely devoted to technology ,gas and a whole industry could deem it fit to institute the prize for literature and this goes to confirm that this company appreciates the fact that the greatest human asset is not in natural resources but in the creative ability and resourcefulness of individuals,” he added.
The Minister emphasized that the federal government will provide the environment through which creative industry can be based in Nigeria.
He called on the Private sector to assist the federal government fight Piracy in Nigeria.
Speaking on the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, the Managing Director of the Company, Mr Tony Attah said the Literature prize and that of science instituted by the company began some 12 years ago following the quest excellence and uniqueness.
Attah said the Nigeria Prize for Literature is the highest social Coporate responsibility of NLNG as the company remains the highest tax payer to the Nigerian government with the payment of taxes worth 4billion dollars in the last 5years.
He said that the NLNG had also invested 12 million dollars each in 6 universities from the six geo political zones, referring to this as part of the company’s belief in strengthening the Nigerian educational system.
He stated beneficiaries of the University Support programmes as University of Ibadan,Universities of Port Harcourt,Nsukka,Ilorin, Ahmadu Bello University and the University of Maiduguri.
Attah added that the Award winning Prose fiction written by Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, Season of Crimsons, represents the story of Nigeria.
173 entries were submitted for the NLNG 2016 Nigeria literature prize award, and Abubakar Adam Ibrahim, a journalist with Daily trust Newspaper emerged the winner with his book, Season of Crimsons ,under the panel of judges which included Emeritus Professor ,Ayo Banjo and Professor of Literature, Dan Izevbaye.
The award prize was 100,000 dollars.