By Matthew Denis
The National Library is concluding arrangement to partner the National Assembly in order to reignite reading culture among Nigerians.
The National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina made this known during a Readership Promotion Campaign programme held in Ilorin on Thursday.
He said, “the reading culture among Nigerians is poor and the benefits of good reading culture in any country cannot be over emphasised given the fact that reading enriches the knowledge to full participation in modern society.
“Reading is not just for school purpose but a life-long learning process in transferring knowledge to individual.”
According to him the national library has commenced readership promotion campaign to all the 36 states in the country.
He said “We are making arrangement to partner with legislators in the National Assembly to help us use their wide tentacles to preach to their constituencies to imbibe reading culture.
“We intend to make members of the House of Representatives and Senate Committee on education ambassadors of National Readership promotion campaign in Nigeria.
“By the time reading culture is cascaded to all Nigerian citizens, our dream would have been achieved.
Aina also encouraged parents and guardians to always present books as gift to their children when they excel in events.
He said, “I therefore encouraged parents to lavishly present books as gift to their children during special events of their lives such as birthday, religious, education and cultural festivals.”
According to him they are also working together with authors and publishers to write and publish books that would be made available in public and schools libraries.