Suleiman Bogoro, the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), has said that publishing and reading culture of Nigerians is gradually diminishing.
The TETFUND Boss made the assertion recently in Calabar while commissioning and formerly handing over the Academic Publishing Centre, built by the Fund for the South-South region in the University of Calabar (UNICAL).
“Reading and publishing culture was diminishing on a daily basis in Nigeria and we needed to do something about the ugly development. People are more concerned with publication only for promotional purposes, so it became necessary to set up a publishing centre acoss the country to curtail the menace.
“We needed to do something about the trend, it is very disturbing that publishing culture has diminished to the point that the quality of published books does not have the standard of the lowest quality of monographs and this is no longer acceptable.
“We have to ensure the standard of what is published and read including research materials in our tertiary institution systems especially as it concerns academic contents are of the highest quality,” he stated.
Speaking earlier, Prof. Zana Akpagu, Vice Chancellor of UNICAL, commended TETFUND for its magnanimity and choice of sighting the publishing centre for the South-South in UNICAL.
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