Soyinka donates books to Benue IDPs
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday at the Benue Peoples House Makurdi, received 107 different books from the Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka for onward presentation to Internally Displaced Persons in the camps.
The presentation, which is going to be in series, was in fulfilment of Professor Soyinka’s promise to donate books to displaced children of school age to encourage teaching and learning.
The Governor while receiving the books, appreciated Professor Wole Soyinka, whom he described as a father and great Nigerian who stood with Benue in her trying times, stressing that despite his age, he took pains to travel to Benue to pay solidarity.
Governor Ortom stated that even after the heightened incidence of herders attacks, Professor Soyinka visited again to encourage people of the state, pointing out that the books would be distributed to the camps for use by the IDPs.
He stated that Benue would continue to pray God to grant the Nobel Laureate long life and prosperity so that he would continue to do the good works he is doing for Benue and Nigeria at large.
According to the Governor, Professor Soyinka had always spoken his mind especially when he feels something is wrong within government and groups as well as individuals, stressing that he believes God had prospered him because of his truthfulness.
Immediate past state chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors ANA, Dr. Charles Iornumbe, who made the presentation on behalf of Professor Soyinka, said the donation would be continuous as its scope would be widened through Soyinka’s contacts.
He conveyed the Nobel Laureate’s happiness over the news of Governor Ortom’s approval of land for Writers Village in Makurdi at his request and expressed hope that the allocation process would be completed speedily for ANA Benue to take possession.