To be leaders, read always, Lagos tells students
The Lagos State Government has encouraged students to make reading a continuous exercise if they desire to be leaders. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, said this at the celebration of Year 2022 World Book Day, titled, “You’re a Reader”.
Wahab, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Mr. Kasali Adeniran, said World Book day was a global event initiated by UNESCO to celebrate readers. He revealed that 243 public school libraries had been digitalized across the state.
Wahab said that Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu’s administration prioritizes Education as a tool for development which was the reason the third pillar of the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda focuses on Education and Technology.
On his part, Director, Lagos State Library Board, Mr. Asimiyu Oyadipe, noted that books were capable of changing the world as readers are leaders.
He said, “reading is an intellectual activity that is driven by knowledge and we have all gathered to celebrate ourselves as readers.
“Today, students from 12 selected public schools will interact and share knowledge to mark the World Book Day.
“Reading must therefore be taken seriously as it helps to actualize dreams”, he said.
Also, the President, the Network of Book Clubs and Reading Promoters in Nigeria, Mr. Richard Mammah, stated that readers should fix problems in the country and the goal was to establish reading clubs in the 774 LGAs in the country.
Mammah added that Lagos had been selected as the National Book Club City for 2023.