Austine Tule, Makurdi
A university don, Dr. Cletus Tyokyaa has identified reading as a tool for powering those who are vulnerable in the society to enhance their living condition and as well deal with conditions of vulnerability.
This was contained in a paper presented by Dr. Tyokyaa at the 2019 annual readership promotion campaign organized by the National Library of Nigeria held at Gbajimba LGEA of Benue State.
Dr. Tyokya intimated that the National Library decided to extend the message to the vulnerable citizens of Benue State to encourage those who are helpless, powerless, security threatened and traumatized to make them realize that all was not lost as reading would expose them to many opportunities that would change their situation.
The university don expressed conviction that the readership campaign, in addition to empowering the vulnerable would also look at issues of skills development in language fluency, economic, entrepreneurial, social, cultural, human relations and other employable skills.
He noted with sadness that the people of Benue State are all vulnerable and Guma as one of the most affected local government has had series of cases of herdsmen attacks, armed robbery, terrorism, kidnapping inter/intra boundary disputes among others, insisting that the readership promotion campaign was timely and urged the people to embrace it.
In his address at the readership promotion campaign, the Chief Librarian and Chief Executive officer of the National Library of Nigeria Professor, Lenrie Aina disclosed that the major aim of the campaign was to encourage reading amongst Nigerians by carrying out sensitization in addition to providing reading materials for the people.
The Chief Librarian whose speech was read by the head of branch Benue State Mr. Clement Atume Mngba encouraged the people of the area to make adequate use of the opportunity to read books and get more informed with knowledge to effectively carry out their economic, social, and political activities with ease.
In his welcome speech, the Guma Local Government Chairman, Mr. Anthony Shawon called on the National Library to establish a branch in Gbajimba to enable his people have access to books for enhanced reading culture even as he lamented the displacement of a lot of his people by incessant attacks by herdsmen whom he noted were yet to return to their ancestral homes.
The Chairman appreciated the National Library for the provision of materials and promised to also provide more books for his community and called on his people to make adequate use of the books.
The National Library had on the previous day visited the Correctional Centre (Prisons) in Makurdi where the head of branches who stood in for the Chief librarian presented materials including books for the benefit of the inmates.
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