At investiture, Ladoja, Abiodun, others call for revitalisation of reading culture
Former Governor of Oyo State, Senator Rasheed Ladoja; Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and Commissioner for Education in Lagos State, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, among others, have stressed the need to revitalise reading culture in Nigeria.
They made this known at the investiture of President of Reading Awareness Society for Development in Africa (RASDA), Mrs Bukola Ladoja, as an ambassador of Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA).
At the event held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Ladoja said there is need for Nigerian youths to embrace reading culture.
He recalled that people usually read while travelling in time past before the development of Internet.
Ladoja lamented that youths prefer to be on phone these days rather than read; hence, the need to prioritise reading more.
He said: “We must go back to reading that we have jettisoned for a long time. In those days when you are travelling, you would take a book to read. But, now, our children are always on phone.
“The challenge today is so many, particularly in the last few years. When did we start the Internet that has taken over everywhere? Look at it now, you cannot only speak to another person but also see the person.”
Governor Abiodun, who was represented by the Special Adviser on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo, said Nigeria lost its reading culture because less or no attention is given to children between ages one and six.
The governor, who blamed student’s failure on decoding rather than comprehending, stressed the need to go back to the foundation.
Adefisayo, who was represented by Mr. Sunday Jokotola, said reading is crucial to achieving success.
She said reading as an integral part of education changes a person’s orientation towards becoming better and responsible members of the society.
The new ambassador, Ladoja, expressed appreciation to the body for the honour, saying the appointment will encourage her to do more in promoting reading culture among the youths.
She lamented that parents are no longer responsible for their wards, as they leave everything to teachers.
To encourage reading culture, Ladoja charged council chairmen to put in place libraries for the benefit of youths.
She said the nation could only grow by embracing learning and reading culture.
President of ANA, Camillus Ukah, said the body decided to honour Ladoja for supporting the innovation of reading books to children, which she has been doing over the years.