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By Obianuju Onu

Awka, May 8, 2019 (MOI) Anambra State Government says it has concluded plans to upgrade the state Library to international standard so as to encourage reading culture among students.

Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra said this during this year's Readership Promotion Campaign of the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) at the Prof. Kenneth Dike State Central e-Library, Awka.

The Governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba, emphasised the importance of reading culture among Nigerians.

``We will soon upgrade the state library to make it more conducive for users and I enjoin all Anambra students to read extensively in order to develop their skills,’’ Obiano said.

In a welcome address, Acting Director, Anambra State Library Services Miss Nkechi Udeze stressed the importance of reading culture. ``I commend efforts of Government in making library essential part development agenda’’.

Chairman NLN, Prof. Lenrie Olatokumbo Aina represented by Mrs Chinyere Onuoha said that the objective of the campaign was to encourage reading among Nigerians.

``This campaign is to promote awareness on importance of reading among Nigerians of all strata, school children, adults and professionals alike.

``And we want to promote availability of good reading materials in our libraries as well as identify major challenges that inhibit reading and proffer solutions,’’ Prof Aina said.

Acting Head of National Library Enugu, Mrs Rachael Neboh, described reading as lifelong business.

Chief Librarian at the College of Education, Technical, Umunze, Dr Adolphus Ugwuanyi said: ``reading makes a man and broadens one's horizon’’.

The event had a Theme: ``Reviving Moribund Culture of Reading In Nigeria For Sustainable National Development’’, featured spelling and reading competitions from different schools.

Some of the schools are Gran Hermano Academy Awka, Blossom Fount College, Awka, Community Secondary school Isuaniocha and Community Secondary School, Umueze Anam. (MOI)