July 1, 2022 9:10 pm

National Library Of Nigeria Moves To Build A Nation Of Readers, Holds Year 2021 Readership Promotion Campaign In Abia


Prof. Chinwe Anunobi, the National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, National Library of  Nigeria has raised the alarm over poor reading culture in Nigeria, describing it as a dangerous challenge to national development which must be addressed urgently.

In her address in Umuahia, Abia State during the year 2021 Reading Promotion Campaign with the theme: “Building A Nation Of Readers; Share Your Story”, Prof. Anunobi represented by Dr. Mrs Kalu Oluchi Ichie harped the need for critical stakeholders to brainstorm collectively and seek solutions to address identified obstacles to reading culture in Nigeria.

Mrs Ichie

She pointed out that the Readership Promotion Campaign embarked upon by the National Library of Nigeria was designed to encourage and revive the moribund reading culture among Nigerians.

Her words, “This year’s theme is hinged on the fact that reading is a springboard for change and growth. Our democracy, economy, education and quality of lives are all enhanced by reading well and critically.

“Generally, the objectives of the campaign are to encourage and revive the moribund reading culture among Nigerians by way of promoting the availability of good reading materials, and to collectively with other stakeholders seek solutions to address identified obstacles to reading culture in Nigeria.

“To achieve these over the years, the National Library has continued to embark on readership promotion campaigns with the focus on children and youths in primary and secondary schools by way of sensitizing, informing, and educating them on reading culture”.

Mrs Ezulike

Also in her address, the Head of Branch, National Library of Nigeria, Abia State, Mrs Chika Ezulike who exposed and expounded the benefits of reading, expressed optimism that the year 2021 Readership Promotion Campaign in the state would succeed in sensitizing and reawaking the consciousness of Abians on the need of building a nation of Readers.

Mrs Ezulike who also revealed plans to reach out to the grassroots and other members of the society with the campaign through a radio talkshow programme, lauded the wife of the state governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu for her commitment to the improvement and sustenance of the reading culture in Abia State.

L-R Chief Mrs Ezema, Dr. Mrs Ichie and Mrs Ezulike

In a brief speech, the wife of the Abia State Governor, Mrs Nkechi Ikpeazu represented by her Principal Secretary, Chief Mrs Love Ezema encouraged parents to start reading aloud to their children and exposed them to reading activities.

Mr. Ajuzie

Speaking respectively, the Permanent Secretary, Abia State Ministry of Education, Mr. Eze Ajuzie and Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Women Affairs, Very Rev’d Jane Omereonye encouraged parents to cultivate and inculcate the habits of reading and reading aloud to their children; even as they commended the National Library of Nigeria for the Readership Promotion Campaign in Abia State.

One of the pupils, Miss Jachinma Raphael, who also authored the book, “Fruit Of Diligence”, appreciated the efforts of the National Library of Nigeria to reawaking the reading culture and consciousness among Nigerians, promised to be the vanguard of encouraging other children to read in order to compete favourably with others.

The event which featured the distribution of books to the pupils, also saw the wife of the governor’s representative, Chief Mrs Ezema, and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Eze Ajuzie read some books to the pupils selectively drawn from both private and public schools in the state.

Comments (1)

  • Very Good, I wish every sector of the economy will emulate this kind gesture of educating and I informing the populace about what we really need to know, Our society will be better.

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