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Former lawmaker calls for revival of reading culture

Senator Tunde Ogbeha has harped on the need to revive the reading culture among youths for pleasure and academic purposes to create a knowledge based country.

The Senator who once represented Kogi West Constituency, gave the advice at a book launch and inauguration of Missel Care Initiative Children’s Educational Club in Abuja.

According to him, good reading culture which transcend age and status helps in enhancing mental, emotional and psychological growth of individuals.

“Our children need to embrace the habit of reading and, in so doing, they will all embrace writing”. He noted.

“I am glad that some of the children have made contributions in one of the five books being launched today. I do believe that there is no amount of investment that will be regrettable. “It is this investment that will would the character of these children to shun vices amongst the youths and in the society” He said.

Senator Ogbeha, who is also the Chairman and Chief Launcher at the occasion, commended the author’s efforts to re-establish reading and writing culture.

The Author, Mrs Michelle Dajur, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Missel Care Initiative, decried the dearth of reading culture in Nigeria.

Dajur said reading culture, which was common among Nigerian students, youths and adults in the past, had been significantly eroded.

According to her, the decline in the culture of reading and writing are her core motivation for writing the book.

“Reading culture in Nigeria, I don’t think I can say I am satisfied with that; I am not satisfied.“ One of the reasons of the club is the decadence in education sector; so much has contributed to the drop in education.” Mrs Dajur noted.

She explained that the books comprised ethics, community service and story books to motivate kids to read and write and an inspirational book for adults.

Reporting by Daniel Adejoh; Editing by Chinasa Ossai