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State government says it has concluded plans to renovate and equip libraries across the State to international standards, to encourage reading culture among the students.

Governor Willie Obiano, disclosed this during this year’s Readership Promotion Campaign of the National Library of Nigeria, at the Professor Kenneth Dike E-Library in Awka.
Correspondent, Emmanuel Okonkwo reports that the event which had its theme as "Sustaining Life Long Reading for Positive Change", attracted librarians and students from selected schools across the State.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C. Don Adinuba, while emphasizing the importance of reading, disclosed that the State government will soon put all libraries in a better shape, to make them more conducive for users.
He advised school children not to read just to pass exams, rather for pleasure, gather information, develop their intellect, and update their knowledge on the happenings around, stressing that great leaders are great readers.
Earlier in an address, the National Chairman of the National Library of Nigeria, Professor Lenrie Aina, represented by Lady Amaka Ochielo, said the objective of the campaign was to encourage reading among Nigerians, promote the need to increase reading materials in the country and as well identify major obstacles that inhibit reading and proffer solutions to them.
On her part the Director of the State Library services, Miss Nkechi Udenze, reminded the school children of the need to cultivate reading habits.
The Chairman on the Occasion, Professor Obiorah Nwosu, called on government at all level to be more proactive in its fight against special centers which he described as cankerworm that has continued to bedevil the education system in the country.
In their remarks, the Chairperson Readers Association of Nigeria, Dr. Amaka Okafor, Managing Director and Editor in Chief of the Anambra Newspaper Printing and Publishing Corporation the Publishers of National Light, Sir. Chuka Nnabuife, observed that literacy cannot be attained without vigorous reading, attributing the underdevelopment of Nigeria to poor reading culture amongst the citizen. 
The event featured presentation by Ridge Valley Academy and British Adorable, as well as reading competitions where Nneoma Community Secondary School Nibo, Girls Secondary school Amenyi Awka, and Community Secondary school Ihembosi, took first, second, and third positions respectively.
Highlights of the event were welcome songs and cultural dances.

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