Nigerians have been called upon to inculcate a reading culture as it is an indispensable tool in the promotion of worth.
This highlight was disclosed over the weekend by Prof M. T. Haggai of the faculty of Education, University of Jos, who was represented by Dr. Mrs Mary Anyebe, while delivering a Paper at “Trends in Rekindling the Damped Reading Culture” in Jos, at the flag-off of Read, Learn and Grow Literacy, organized by Nigeria (RELEGLON).
He said the attainment of a sustainable development cannot be achieved when majority of the citizenry discard the reading culture.
He pointed out that this include high rate of failure, increase in students’ dropout rate, continuous high rate of unskilled manpower, poverty, frustration and loss of self-esteem, illiteracy, ignorance, loss of intellectual growth and poor (or outright absence of) Command-of-English-Language.
Prof Haggai also noted that, as Nigerians strive to achieve growth and development in economy – in both social and political sectors – it is imperative that students, who are the future leaders, should be prepared adequately to take-over the mantle of leadership for sustainable national development.
“Good reading culture will lead to success in the students’ training program, which will translate to national growth,” he stated.
He urged stakeholders, governments, educational administrators and planners, teachers, and parents to ensure that they have a role to play in the rekindling of the damped reading culture among Nigerians, saying, all strategies by national and international communities should be adapted to promote all the important habits.
Speaking also, the plateau state governor, Barr Simon Lalong, who was represented by the Commissioner of Education, said the Read, Learn and Grow Literacy project should not only be targeted only on school dropouts but also those in schools too, in order to increase the reading culture in the society.
According to him, the state government has re-positioned the educational sector in the state with an improvement in quality to teachers and the facilities in schools in the state.
He said, “We have tried as much as possible to address the challenges that have bedeviled the critical need for vocational and technical education, which we met on ground.”
He added that “the government is working towards ensuring that all institutions in the state through our School Renewal Projects (SRP) to promote literacy in the State and Nigeria as a whole.”
In her own words, the founder of the organization, which is nongovernmental, Dr Ijeoma G.U. Ayuba, said the organization was registered as Incorporated Trustees with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission on the 22nd April, 2016, with the objectives of promoting literacy in Nigeria, to promote reading culture and the importance of reading.
She said, it is also to promote best global practices in schools and create a platform for innovation and productivity in Nigeria through reading culture.