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Lagos State Library Board, in collaboration with iRead Mobile Network, on Thursday organised a workshop to commemorate the Y2019 World Book Day for stakeholders and students in a bid to improve literacy and enhance reading culture among residents.

The event themed “The World We Want: Sustainable Development Goals” was geared towards sensitising readers on the tremendous impact of reading in influencing and shaping the minds of readers.

The gathering at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa Ikeja was witnessed by over 800 participants with more than 35 schools in attendance.

In his remarks at the event, the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh emphasised that the Nigerian populace more than ever before needs to embrace reading culture as part of efforts to improve the literacy level in the country.

Bank-Olemoh, represented by the Director of Lagos State Library Board, Mr. Asimiyu Amoo Oyadipe, also commended iRead Mobile Networkfor the collaboration with the State Library Board, noting that the State government is committed to advancing education standards in the State.

Also speaking at the event, Rotarian Kola Sodipo, who represented the Rotary Governor-Designate, District 9110, Rotarian Remi Bello, reiterated the need for growth in the reading culture of students which, according to him, is a major factor in influencing perception and ideologies of the next generation.

While admonishing authors to keep shaping the ideologies of readers to aid the achievement of the sustainable development goals, the Rotary Governor-Designate maintained that authors have the ability to influence and direct the perception of people through their works, hence the need for them to deliberately aid the process of creating an ideal world through their works.

Prof. Olajide Asobele, a former Chairman of Lagos State Library Board and presently a lecturer in the University of Lagos, commended the State government for its consistency at increasing the literacy level of residents of the State.

He also echoed the need to ensure that a child’s first exposure to life must be to books, as this was what triggered his academic journey to seek knowledge until he attained professorship.


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