The Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW) has berated the nonchalant attitude of some state governor toward reading culture and tradition in their states.
The National President of the Society, Mr. Wole Adedoyin made the statement at their final reading outreach programme to mark the 2017 edition of Read Across Nigeria (RAN) and establishment of Digital Library in honour of Hajiya Hafsat Abdulwaheed held at Agugu Boys High School in Ibadan.
According to him “The libraries we have in some schools and states now are cemeteries of dead books. Our governments at all levels don’t buy books for schools and state libraries anymore. They don’t even make provision for books in their annual budgets again. All they execute are projects that will make them billionaires overnight”.
Adedoyin however urged the state governors to pay attention to their state and schools’ libraries, equip them with modern and relevant curriculum based books. And also explore all avenues to make reading attractive and friendly to students and youth.
Read Across Nigeria (RAN) is an initiative powered by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers aimed at promoting reading in the country by showcasing eminent writers as role models to the young.
RAN last year successful debut featured a former National President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), former member of the Nigerian House of Representatives and the founder of Ebedi Writers Residency, Dr. Wale Okediran.