Daily Champion (Lagos)

11 May 2010

Nigeria: Ondo First Lady Challenges Youths On Reading Culture

Lagos — The wife of Ondo state Governor, Mrs. Olukemi Mimiko has advised Nigerians youths to imbibe the reading culture in all their endeavours, lamenting that lack of reading culture among our youths has seriously affected the standard of education in the country.

Mrs. Mimiko who made this known at a special Books presentation to Saint Louis Grammar School, Akure said lack of reading culture among the youths nowadays has greatly affected the quality of graduates being produced by the nation's higher institutions.

According to her, the love for books by our students today has vanished, saying that even when books are available, our people do not read but time has come for us to develop our educational system by imbibe reading culture.

Mrs. Mimiko who was represented by Mrs. Iyabode Basaru, the wife of the commissioner for Lands and Housing, however, said donating the text books to the school was in her bid to ensure a brighter future for the youths of the state.

She said the need for due attention to education sector could not be overemphasized pointing out that the enormous resources being expended on the development of the education sector in the state was part of efforts to create a pool of resourceful, skilled and imaginative workforce.

She said the present Mimiko's administration in its effort to redress the trend and restore the glory of the state to its prime of place in education has embarked on all-embracing programmes which would guarantee that the products come out better than it met the system.

Earlier in her welcome address, the Principal of the Senior Secondary School, Mrs. Omolade Oludare, thanked Mrs. Mimiko for the gesture, saying "if there are any instructional materials seriously needed at this time by the school, it is these up-to-date books being freely given to the school by her Excellency".

"I cannot but mention here the tremendous effort of Mr. Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, towards the school during his brief tenure so far. Priority among his kind heart packages proposed for the school is a new solar powered bore hole and also a modern large capacity science Laboratory", she added.

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