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The art and act of reading has been described as a lifelong event that needs to be inculcated into a child throughout his journey in life. The Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, Abuja, Mallam Habib Abba Jatto stated this at a One Day Readership Promotion Campaign held at the Esie Community High School Esie, Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, on Tuesday 26th of May, 2015.
Mallam Habib Jatto observed that to stop reading is to make one become a dead person while he is still living. He therefore enjoined all categories of our youth across the country, to cultivate the habit of reading in order to keep them alive at all times.
Also contributing, the Director of Information Services, Kwara State, Mr S. A. B. Odeyemi opined that reading sharpens one’s mind, orientation to life and ordinarily, a man becomes a literary person when he engages in reading, adding that reading, expands a man’s mind, his knowledge and understanding and that, only readers inevitably become leaders in life.
Earlier in her speech, the Head of branch, National Library of Nigeria, Ilorin, Alhaja Kafayat Olabimpe Olani challenged the Nigeria Education Sector Operators to really take the issue of the reading culture as very important in the educational curriculum; if Nigeria actually wants to produce great leaders in no distant future.
In his Welcome Address, the Principal of Esie Community High School, Mr. Taye Odedeji, observed that to create an enabling environment for all our students; the most critical input needed to be provided is textbooks. He said that no amount of investment made in other sectors can justify the desired results without books in the hands of our children, using the school libraries as the brain power house to strengthen their intellectual arsenal.
He urged the Kwara State Government in the spirit of continuity, to bring back the 2006 Book Revolving Initiative for our schools.
In a Goodwill Message delivered by a re-known educationist Pa Oyinloye appealed to all the little ones to take their education serious, according to him, Esie Community ranks high among the educated communities in Kwara State.
Prizes were later awarded to winners of the Poetry and Reading Competitions, Spelling Bee, Short Cast and Read Song by the Coordinator of the programme to participating schools.