The Nigerian government Thursday reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion of reading culture in the country.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who made this known in Abuja, the nation’s capital, said it was imperative for Nigerians to cultivate a positive attitude to reading.
He spoke at the Grand Finale of the 2017 Readership Promotion Campaign of the National Library of Nigeria in Abuja.
The minister told his audience that the ministry had partnered with the National Action Committee on Read Campaign, adding that this partnership had yielded immeasurable benefits.
According to him, readership promotion is a strategy which will address the issue of falling standard of education in the country.
Adamu also urged Nigerians to encourage shared reading, saying that children should be educated on the importance of books and reading to their education and future lives.
He called on civil servants to cultivate the habit of diligently reading letters, memoranda, reports and minutes given to them to handle as this would boost their career development.
In his remarks, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said the importance of reading in any nation could not be overemphasized.
Mohammed said a nation whose citizens have lost interest in reading would be backward in development.
“It is worthy to note that knowledge is power and most of the ideas that rule the world today are all written in book form for us to figure them out,” he added.
“Hence, there is an urgent need for us to promote the culture of reading in our country,” the minister said. Enditem