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At book roundtable, Utomi charges parents to inculcate reading culture in children

By Adelowo Adebumiti
25 August 2022   |   2:43 am
By Founder, of the Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL), Prof Pat Utomi, has charged parents to instil a reading culture in their children

Pat Utomi. Photo: THEINTERVIEW

By Founder, of the Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL), Prof Pat Utomi, has charged parents to instil reading culture in their children.

He made the call at the Flannel Business School’s (FBS) Book Roundtable and Awards held in Lagos.

Speaking on the theme: ‘The Book as an agent of change in a rapidly changing world,’ Utomi said the best time to get adequate knowledge is at the primary education level, and urged the government to prioritise it.

He said it was high time the country focused on primary education than the obsession with tertiary.

He said: “If we do that, then what goes into tertiary education will be quality. Right now, if garbage comes from the secondary and enters the tertiary level, it will be a marsh of garbage.

“We are living in the age of ideas. Only those who have knowledge that would be effective and make an impact in today’s world. How do you transmit ideas? The most powerful way of transmitting such is through books. This is because you can interrogate questions and probe things in-depth in a book.”

Speaking in a similar vein, Director General, FBS, Lawrence Omidiora, said growing up, he learnt to read newspapers from a young age from his father, an avid reader.

Omidiora said he has done the same thing by passing the value to his children, by nurturing their reading habits from when they were small.

Stakeholders at the event, including Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, Chief Kolade Mosuro, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, also discussed other challenges facing the education sector and called on the government to demonstrate its commitment to the sector.

Publisher and Chairman, of the planning committee, Lukman Dauda, acknowledged the challenges in the sector but maintained that these problems are not insurmountable.

“We only need to have a policy statement that would be strictly adhered to,” he said.

At the event, deserving Nigerians, including Oba Ogunwusi, Oba Gbadebo and Adefisayo were presented with awards of excellence.

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