The Federal Government has flagged off the 2022 readership promotion campaign to sensitize Nigerians on the importance of reading as a tool for national growth.
At the event in Abuja, the Minister of state for Education, Mr Goodluck Opiah, said the campaign was designed by the National Library of Nigeria to capture the thirty six states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
The Minister noted that the theme of this year’s campaign, “Reading as a Panacea for Societal Problems” was timely, considering the declining level of reading habit in the world and Nigeria in particular.
According to Mr Opiah ‘’the campaign is expected to consider the extent to which reading culture enhances the development of a nation and outcome is expected to move the nation forward economically, socially and politically.
“A reading society no doubt is an informed and knowledgeable society that contributes positively to economic transformation and all-round development of its country. Reading adds quality to life, provides access to culture and cultural heritage”. Mr Opiah stated.
Mr Opiah stressed that the Federal Ministry of Education, has made reading culture one of its top priorities which is reflected in Pillar 10 (Library Services in Education) of the Ministry for Change: Ministerial Strategic Plan (MSP).
The National Librarian and Chief Executive officer of the National Library of Nigeria, Professor Chinwe Anunobi affirmed that the readership campaign was geared towards reducing illiteracy level in the country.
‘’This year’s campaign which is borne out of the need to impact on the local people “the Hard to Reach” will be held in the hinterlands where out of school children which was put at 20million by UNESCO as well as the illiterate adults are found”.
“When we say Hard-to- Reach, we are not only talking about geographical spaces, but language barriers. So we are taking the campaign to royal palaces, to meet the royal fathers who will galvanize support by identifying volunteers, which will drive the project in those communities’’. She noted.
Reporting by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Julian Osamoto