L-R: Odia Ofeimun, Prof Soyinka, Mahmood Ali-Balogun and Tope Babayemi
Following last Saturday’s demolition of the Artists’ Village at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, has asked the Federal Government to hold an open enquiry into the incident and into the various controversies surrounding the national edifice.
Speaking on Tuesday at Freedom Park, Lagos Island during a press conference he called in the wake of the demolition where artists lost works worth several millions of naira, their creative spaces and one was shot in the leg, Professor Soyinka also demanded compensation for all those who suffered losses in the exercise.
Soyinka, who described the demolition as a pre-emptive action by those interested in acquiring the theatre and the expansive land around it for their own selfish interest, said it was time government conducted an open enquiry so that the issue of the National Theatre was resolved.
“There are too many lies, too many proposals; some of them totally fake being bandied around. There is supposed to be a master plan for the whole of that National Theatre area but nobody seems to have seen that plan so we don’t even know what the vision; either official or the potential public partners, we don’t even know what the vision is.
“I think it’s about time all the controversies concerning this structure and its environment is laid to rest in the open, not in caucuses, not in chambers but where we can see, not guess what is the master plan. I know that inevitably because of the amount of damage that has taken place there, it’s going to end in a kind of public-private partnership. That’s ok. But whatever the decision is; let it be taken in the open after all of us have had the chance to put …Read More
Source:: PM Newspaper