From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
In a bid to promote reading habits amongst Nigerians, the National Library of Nigeria has held a National Readership Promotion Campaign in Delta State, with the theme Reading, a Tool for Empowering the Vulnerable.
Speaking at the event which took place at the Nigeria Correctional Services Agbor, the National Librarian / Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, Prof. Lenrie Aina noted that the objective of the campaign was to encourage reading amongst Nigerians by ways of carrying out sensitization activities and the provision of good reading materials.
According to prof. Aina who was represented by Miss Amaka Ojielo, the campaign was a collective effort with stakeholders in order to proffer solutions that would ameliorate the poor reading culture In Nigeria, adding that the poor reading culture is a social phenomenon that cuts across all social strata of the Nigerian society.
Continuing, the National Librarian, pointed out that this is the fifth of a series of six simultaneously planned campaigns on weekly basis that will take place in the thirty-six states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory. Adding that the campaign has already taken place in twenty -three states of the federation.
“Therefore by way of strategies, the 2018 campaign was extended to hospitals, motor Parks across the nation with focus on pregnant women, drivers and passengers. To keep the tempo going, the 2019 readership promotion campaign in line with present administration policy of reaching out to the vulnerable and the poor, is covering semi-urban communities and custodial centres of the Nigerian correctional Services across the country, “ he said
While saying that prison inmates are incarcerated and deprived of access to learning and information resources, he maintained that with the provision of reading opportunities in our semi-urban areas custodial centres, they can make good use of their time reading books to acquire knowledge instead of wasting their precious time in idle talks or discussions.
In his remarks, the Assistant Controller of Correctional Services Agbor, Emmanuel Ozili thanked the National Library of Nigeria for picking Correctional service Center in Agbor for their campaign.