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Expectant mothers have been urged to read books to the hearing of their unborn children in order to instill a reading culture in them while still in the womb.
The National Librarian, Prof. Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina said this on Friday May 4, 2018 in Enugu at the ongoing National Readership Promotion Campaign organized by the National Library of Nigeria tagged, Sustaining Life Long Reading for Positive Change.
The National Librarian who was represented by the Head of Enugu State Branch, Mrs. Rachael Nebo while speaking to the pregnant women at St. Patrick’s Hospital, Enugu encouraged them to map out special time daily and read to their unborn babies, stressing that the unborn babies were very sensitive and could decode even while in the womb. Reading to them at that age, according to the National Librarian would help to develop their brain and would have imbibed the reading culture in them by the time the children grow up to the kindergarten and nursery school age.
Mrs. Stella Okoh, a matron who spoke on behalf of the hospital management appreciated the National Library of Nigeria for their presence, the book gifts and the talks given to the women. She said they would continue to encourage the pregnant mothers to read even when they had put to bed so that the books presented will not be a waste.
One of the pregnant women, Mrs. Ifeoma Ugwu responding on behalf of other women thanked the National Library of Nigeria for the awareness, stressing that they had been enlightened on the need to read to their babies. That would make them to have outstanding performance by the time they reached school age, having learnt a lot from home.
The Readership Promotion Campaign is an annual event of the National Library of Nigeria aimed at encouraging Nigerians to imbibe the habit of reading, not just for examination purposes alone but also to acquire information and continuously improve their knowledge.
This year’s campaign was flagged off in Abuja on the 10th of April by the Honorable Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu who emphasized that to sustain a lifelong reading culture, there is the need to develop reading interest right from childhood.
The campaign is to hold in all the 36 states of the federation, and the Federal Capital Territory.