Stakeholders Urge Nigerians to Imbibe Reading Culture

Poor reading culture of many Nigerians has been identified as one of the reasons that hinder the development of the country.

Executive Secretary, Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria, MUSWEN, Professor Dawud Noibi stated this in Ibadan at the launch of two books authored by a former staff of NTA, Hajia Salmah Lawal.

Hajia Salmah Lawa

Professor Noibi said developed countries thrive through knowledge based economies as a result of their advancement in reading, which is a problem to many Nigerians.

Similarly, a human capacity building expert, Mrs Adaora Ayoade who advocated attitudinal change to poor reading habit, explained that reading helps in bringing out one’s self esteem, image and confidence.

While reviewing the first book” Fortified” which was the autobiography of the author in commemoration of her fortieth birthday, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information, Oyo State, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju said the work symbolized a role model to black women in crisis.

Dr Habeebah Oladosu of Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Ibadan, who reviewed the second book “Islam is Beautiful” which was an adaptation of NTA programme which the author produced, said it was an eye opener on hidden and manifest blessings of Islam.

Earlier, the author, Hajia Salmah Lawal said the need to add values to humanity motivated her to write the books.

The event was attended by academics, Islamic organisations, media professionals and other personalities including Oyo State Deputy Governor, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan.

Rilwan Fasasi

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