The National Library of Nigeria (NLN), has embarked on awareness campaign drive across the country with a call on school children and youths to have attitudinal change and imbibe reading culture.
The National Liberian/Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Chinwe Anunobi, made the call at the 2021 Readership Promotion Campaign, tagged: “Building A Nation Of Readers; Share Your Story”, on Thursday in Lokoja.
She said the campaign was aimed at encouraging and reviving the moribund reading culture among Nigerians by promoting availability of good reading materials.
Anunobi, who was Represented by the Head Legal Deposit Department, NLN, Abuja, Ms. Idongesct Akpabio, added that the campaign was also to collectively with other stakeholders seek solutions to address identified obstacles to reading habit in Nigeria.
“To achieve these over the years, the NLN has continued to embark on readership promotion campaigns focusing on children and youths in primary and secondary schools by sensitising, informing, and educating them on reading culture.
”The campaigns are also extended to some identified groups in the society, such as the expectant and nursing mothers in maternity homes, workers and travellers in motor parks, inmates in the Correctional centres and rural communities across the country”, she said.
The Head of Kogi Branch of NLN, Mrs Oyiza Agu, said the programme was initiated following the prevailing declination in reading culture in Nigeria, noting that the programme was an annual ritual aimed at promoting reading beyond mere utilization and examination reason.
According to her, it is to support the creation of model reading clubs in Nigeria and empower rä stakeholders to actively promote reading as well as make Nigeria a reading nation through partnership and collaborations.
In his remarks, the Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones represented by a Director in the Ministry, Mr Augustine Omede, stressed the need for children in both primary, secondary and tertiary institutions to embrace reading habit.
He stressed that reading culture remained the surest means of developing their knowledge for global information.
The highlights of the event was a talk on the importance of Liberary/Reading, presented by the Head Kogi Branch of NLN, Agu, followed by the presentation of Certificate of Participation to the school children.