Destination Abuja Writers’ Village to be ready in December

Posted: June 5, 2017 in general
Denja Abdullahi

Denja Abdullahi

Chief Executive Officer of Korlie Mobs Venture Limited, the developer in charge of building the Abuja Writers Village, Mr Kolawola Shaw, has assured that the project will be ready and delivered for use by December.

Shaw who gave the assurance in Abuja, said work was being intensified to ensure completion of the village.

“Among the structures in the writers’ village are guest houses, conference hall, archives and others. By December this year, it will be completed. Other structures will also be up by then; it is realisable and by God’s grace, we will get them done and delivered.

“I believe that Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) and writers around the country would find the place interesting”, Shaw said.

The land on which the village is being built was donated to the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) in 1985 by the Ministry of Federal Capital Territory under the administration of now late Maj.-Gen Mamman Vatsa .

When completed, it would house the national headquarters of ANA, a 50-room hotel, residency chalets, 500-seater auditorium, archives and other facilities befitting a writers’ resort.

It would be recalled that National President of ANA, Malam Denja Abdullahi, had last month disclosed that his administration had already concluded arrangements to begin the construction at the Abuja Writers’ Village at Mpape, in Maitama extension of the FCT.

Abdullahi explained that the project had been on the drawing board since a piece of land was allocated to the association by the late Vatsa, then Minister of the FCT.

“Since then, ANA has been trying to develop the land, but due to paucity of fund and lack of assistance, the land remains undeveloped. But about four years ago, we did a groundbreaking ceremony and with the aid of a developer cleared the place and do other earthworks on the land.

“After the ceremony we entered into the process of development plans and getting approval for the building plan; we have been trying to do a lot of things. The things that preoccupied us for the past four years were infrastructure-based, building drainage to control flood, and all that.

“Now we are set to commence effective development of the Writers’ Village that can be seen. This is what we want to do and will happen on Friday,”Abdullahi said.

The ANA president said that if completed, the structure would house the National Headquarters of the association, which is currently at National Theatre, Lagos.

“We also want to use the foundation laying ceremony to embark on some developmental models which we already have. Similarly, we want to use the opportunity to appeal to state governments in the country to donate a building each and name it after their States or a writer from their states.

“We also want to call out to national and international bodies towards assisting ANA to achieve the dreams of Vatsa, a writer and a soldier who was so passionate to donate the land to the association in 1985.

“ANA is the sole owner and has a legal right to the land even though it has gone through attempts by some people to take it away, “Abdullahi said.

  1. Denja says:

    Thanks for this, well written. Denja

    Sent from my iPad


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