Library boss decries declining reading culture

By: Amina Alhassan

The Director/Chief Executive Officer National Library of Nigeria (NLN) Mallam H.A. Jato has advised Nigerians to read more regularly for personal development, pleasure and long life learning.

He decried the death of reading culture, saying: “As the world is moving towards the knowledge based economy; the NLN as the nation’s apex intellectual memory and databank of learning, would continue to promote reading culture in Nigeria, in continuation of the pet project “Bring Back the Book” by President Goodluck Jonathan.”

He said the NLN will always be in the vanguard to rejuvenate, inculcate and inspire Nigerians to read more regularly in line with the vision statement of building an informed and enlightenment citizenry through the provision of information resources that are readily available and easily accessible.

The readership promotion campaign organized by Kwara State Branch of the National Library of Nigeria held in Ilorin Kwara State was for children who are the future leaders of tomorrow and the objective was to sensitize, inform, educate and advance the knowledge and creativity of the youths via various literary activities.

He said to effectively compete in the world of global economy, we must first become an intelligent society and to achieve that we must first be a people that reads.