The GM, Kabiru Yusuf Yar’Adua, personally directing the demolition exercise
Nigerian artistes have called for the removal of the General Manager of the National Theatre of Nigeria, Kabiru Yusuf Yar’Adua, following the invasion of the Artiste Village on 23 January.
In a statement titled: “REPORT ON THE INVASION OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURE ARTISTS’ VILLAGE ON SATURDAY
23RD OF JANUARY, 2016”, presented on Tuesday, January 26, at the press conference called by the Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka to address the demolition of the Artists Village, they urged Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed to remove Yar Adua following his role in the destruction of the village.
According to the report by Aremo Tope Babayemi, Coordinator, NCAC Artists’ Village, “on Saturday, 23 January, 2016 at about 6:00 am, the General Manager of the National Theatre of Nigeria, Kabiru Yusuf Yar Adua invaded the National Council for Arts and Culture Artiste’ Village which houses arts studios, workshops, dance studios and some service contractors with a caterpillar from CCECC and two truckloads of armed policemen.
The padlock and chain used to lock the gate were broken and Kabiru entered the premises with his Demolition Squad. The noise generated by the forceful entry attracted the attention of the Residents who watched as Kabiru and his team which included ‘thespians’ such as Steph Ogundele and Biodun Abe, ordered the demolition of arts and dance studios, galleries and restaurants servicing the community. Some of the demolished structures belonged to the NCAC whilst others built by artists had approval of the NCAC.
The NCAC is one of the parastatals in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture and the NCAC Artists Village is one of her flagship projects. The NCAC policy that established the Artists Village has turned out to be one of the best …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper