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As part of efforts aimed at improving reading culture in Nigeria, officials of Goldmark Publishing and some authors have donated 57 volumes of books to Lagos libraries.

A total of 36 volumes were donated to Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, one of the 12 public libraries under the Lagos State Library Board while 21 volumes were donated to the older Yaba LCDA Library also in Herbert Macaulay Way.

The CEO, Goldmark Publishing, Abraham Obinnaya, while highlighting the importance of reading books, despite technological innovations with the advent and wide use of mobile phones and other ICT devices, said, “the two books: Essay Writing Secrets and A Study Guide to Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah and a third book, I am Yeshua, written by Chidimma Osuchukwu are now available in all the 12 public libraries for Lagosians to come out during this vacation period to read in a more relaxed and pleasant atmosphere such as in the LASG public library at Herbert Macaulay Road, Yaba.”

Obinnaya stressed the importance of reading well-researched historical materials and searching out historical truths in reading well-researched books like, I am Yeshua. He noted that many in the world do not really know the true identity of Christ or actual life account.

Likewise, Essay Writing Secrets by Abrahams opens the reader’s eyes to the secrets of effective writing in English especially for senior secondary school students as well as those preparing for various kinds of English examinations including SSCE, GCE, IGCE, TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambrige A Levels.

In his advice to parents and guardians, Obinnaya said, “it is their duty to encourage reading as a culture even during leisure periods or holidays, because ‘readers are leaders’.”

He said his publishing outfit plans to unveil a platform to bring writing into focus. The effort now is for Lagosians to imbibe a good reading culture especially the youths.

Goldmark Publishing also tasked other well-meaning philanthropists, developmental partners, NGOs and corporate organisations based or operating in Lagos to replicate the social intervention already done at the LASG Herbert Macaulay Library in either upgrading existing libraries or constructing new ones across the state.

Responding, Director, Lagos State Library Board, Oyadipe Asimiyu Amoo, who represented the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Dr. Shamsudeen Allison Olalekan, expressed satisfaction with the gesture and urged them to do more.

Similarly, officials of the older Yaba LCDA library represented by the Supervisory Councillor for Education, Mr. Rasheed Junaid and Mr. Duro Akinola, Head of Education Department also lauded the efforts of the publishers and authors even as they solicited their support in refurbishing the library.


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