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query_builder May 17, 2018 14:20:18

By Obianuju Onu

Awka, May 17, 2018 (MOI) Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra has reassured of his government’s commitment toward continued improvement in education in the state.

The governor gave the assurance when he announced the donation of a piece of land for erection of a National library in the state.

The event took place during the 2018 Readership Promotion Campaign held at the Prof. Kenneth Dike State Central e-Library, Awka.

Obiano who was represented by Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba emphasized the importance of reading among students and the populace.

He enjoined students to read extensively in order to develop their skills.

``The state government will soon renovate public libraries in the state to meet with national standards as well as enhance reading culture,’’ Obiano said.

In a welcome address, the Acting Director Anambra State Library Services, Mrs Nkechi Udeze stressed the importance of reading culture.

``Reading is fundamental and helps one to attain success in life. It broaden one’s horizon; there is need to revive the reading culture,’’ Udeze said.

Chairman National library of Nigeria (NLN), Prof. Lenrie Aina said that the board had continued to embark on Readership Promotion Campaigns for children and the youths.

Aina noted that the programme was to address the issue of inequality, pointing out that a lack of funding was contributory factor that could militate against readership promotion in the country.

 ``It will ensure the increase of reading materials; identify obstacles that can inhibit reading and ways of eliminating them.”

Aina, however, urged students to develop interest in reading and called on expectant mothers to read to even to their unborn babies as reading was part of life.

She said that the campaign took place simultaneously in Anambra, Edo and Abuja.

The Acting Head of National Library Enugu State, Mrs Rachael Neboh, said: ``no state or nation can attain any significant development in areas of human endeavour without qualitative reading culture’’.

She described reading as a lifelong business.

Prof. Obiora Nwosu, a librarian from Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, expressed dismay at the rate at which students enrol at special centres for examination.

He called on government to salvage the situation.

The event with the theme: ``Sustaining Lifelong Reading For Positive Change’’ featured presentation by Ridge Valley Academy and Adorable British as well as reading competition from different schools. (MOI)