Awka-National Library of Nigeria has taken readership awareness campaigns to Nigeria Correctional Service, Awka.
The theme of the campaign is: Reading: A Tool For Empowering The Vulnerable”.
National Librarian, Prof. Lenrie Aina told inmates of Correctional Centre (Prisons) to embrace reading culture during the 2019 Readership Promotions Campaign.
Aina, who was represented by Mrs Gloria Okeagu said that the campaign was to encourage reading among Nigerians by way of carrying out sensitisation campaigns and provision of reading materials.
The campaign is aimed at sensitising target groups and to imbibe the culture of reading.
They are to be supported with books which are carefully selected to meet their information needs,” Aina said.
She noted that the campaign was being carried out in all correctional centres across the country to create enabling environment for inmates to make use of their time reading books, to acquire knowledge.
The Controller, Nigeria Correctional Services, Anambra State, Mr Emmanuel Nwakaeze commended National Library of Nigeria for supporting the centre in reforming inmates.
Nwakaeze, a lawyer decried the decline of reading culture in Nigeria.
He emphasised importance of reading by encouraging inmates to make proper use of their time while serving term.
Head, National Library of Nigeria, Enugu State branch, Mrs Rachael Nebo said the theme of the campaign coincided with the motive of the FG in renaming the Nigeria Prisons to become Nigeria Correctional Services.
She enjoined inmates to embrace and practice the culture of reading.
Director, Anambra State Library board, Dr Nkechi Udeze urged inmates to be focused and determined.
Chairperson, Reading Association of Nigeria, Princess Okafor urged the inmates to aspire to have better future.
An inmate, who obtained a post graduate Diploma and Master’s degree in Information Technology while in prison, Mr Jude Onwuzulike enjoined inmates to embrace reading to build self confidence.
There was drama presentation during the event. An inmate, one Ifeanyi Chigbogu, who also served as mathematics teacher while being confined in the centre was formerly released after serving his term.
Source: Anambra State Government