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University Don Urges More Libraries For Improved Reading Culture

UNILORIN. Photo: Guardian Nigeria
UNILORIN. Photo: Guardian Nigeria

Prof. Olu Obafemi of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has urged the Federal Government to establish more libraries across the country to improve reading culture, especially among the youth.

Prof. Obafemi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, that such facility should be equipped with enough standard books.

“Most students are unable to cultivate reading habit due to lack of conducive environment and library to enable them to read, assimilate and understand.

“Students are now discouraged from reading due to their inability to access good books in the library as most old libraries are also not properly equipped with books. Although this problem is not peculiar to Nigeria, it has been a global problem for long.

“Most youths generally are not interested in reading because of the state of our libraries, they are not conducive enough and not properly equipped with books. We also lack good libraries to engage the youth.

“I pray that our government will wade into this by building more public libraries at different locations across the federation with a conducive environment for people to engage in reading,” he stated.

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