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The Chairman of the governing board of the National Library of Nigeria, Professor Zaynab Alkali has urged Nigerian to embrace the culture of reading in order to develop themselves and the country.

Professor Alkali gave the charge at the readership promotion campaign organized by the National Library of Nigeria held at the Information Centre, Emir’s Palace, Karshi, in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Wednesday 16th May, 2018.

Speaking in her keynote address, Professor Alkali urged Nigerians to imbibe the reading habit in order to advance their intellectual capacity economically, socially and technologically.  She said reading develops the mind and make it more advanced, more organized and the person becomes more responsible to the society. 

Also speaking at the event, The National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, Prof. Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina stated that with the active support he is receiving from president Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister for Education, Adamu Adamu, he will give his utmost best to restore the lost glory of the National Library of Nigeria.  He said readership promotion campaign is one of the mandates of the organization and he expressed his organization’s commitment to deliver that mandate effectively.  Professor Aina who was represented at the occasion by the Acting Director, Public Service Department, Mrs. Rakiya Shehu said the campaign is being held in all the 36 states of the federation including the federal capital territory, Abuja.  He revealed that the mandate was very important to Nigerians and the organization took it that way to sensitize the general public on the importance of reading which would provide development to the country.

Professor Aina therefore urged governments at all levels to give library a special attention to improve the standard of education in the country.

Students from different schools within Karshi represented their schools to participate in the reading competition and spelling bee and drama presentation which formed part of the activities of the occasion.

A resource person from the National Open University of Nigeria, Dr. P.O. Okpara made a presentation titled: Promoting Reading Culture for Sustainable development. She urged Nigerians to become voluntary readers and become leaders of their respective environments.  She said in order to reduce the illiteracy level in Nigeria, all hands must be on deck to be able to achieve such a standard.  The speaker advised that reading should be associated with passion, and further advocated for the formation of reading clubs to initiate innovations that would improve the standard of education in the country.

The representative of Emir of Karshi, Alhaji Suleiman Abubakar Galadima expressed appreciation to the National Library to have chosen Karshi for such a very important campaign.

Lamenting on the low level of reading culture, the royal father attributed the raising spate of criminal activities to the low literacy level.  He promised to mobilize all other Local Government Areas within the FCT to partner with the National Library of Nigeria to promote the reading culture and to support the organization with all available commitments to improve the standard of education in the country.

National Library of Nigeria rewarded the first, second and third winners with desktop computer and reading books respectively.


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