The Nigerian government has been urged to create enabling policies that would allow publishers to thrive in the country.
Winner of the 2016 Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas Prize for Literature, Mr Abubakar Ibrahim, made the appeal in Abuja while speaking on reading culture, Literature and strategies to improve writing skills in Nigeria schools.
Mr Ibrahim, a writer and a journalist, said the federal government needs to subsidize costs of materials that will allow Nigerian writers and publishers to be creatively expressive as they ought to be.
“Writers in Nigeria need an enabling policy that will allow publishers to thrive, the government needs to also subsidize and make it easier for publishers to access materials they need to allow us to be creatively expressive as we need to be,” he said.
He added that the government should create clear policy about culture development in Nigeria.
“We need people who are informed about the cultural sector of Nigeria as individuals in charge of cultural affairs to boost creative industry, film making and other areas that can improve our social consciousness as a people knowing that Literature is very important to the development of a people,” Ibrahim stressed.
The Laureate explained that the government can invest in Literacy and writing skills by setting up presidency programmes for writers.
He emphasized that integrating creative writing to the basic education system, it will require the involvement of all stakeholders in the society.
“There is a need to review our education system at all levels and this means that people’s talent must be recognised and policies should be created to deliberately develop them in those areas they belong to and encourage them.”
Mr Abubakar Adam Ibrahim won the 2016 NLNG Literature prize with his book, Season of Crimson Blossoms.