6th December, 2010
Lagos State Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Sosan, says the government is committedÂ to restoring and promoting good reading culture among students in public schools.
Sosan made this remark when she received members of the Management Education andÂ Training Limited in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.
She said that government is poised to improvingÂ the quality of education in allÂ public schools by promoting good reading culture that would expose students toÂ various disciplines and knowledge, which, she noted, would enhance theirÂ individualÂ development and help them face life’s challenges with ease.
â€˜â€˜We want to aggressively pursue programmes that will encourage reading among ourÂ students and keep them away from activities that are of less importance, such asÂ watching films and engaging in non academic activities,” she said.
She noted that if more Nigerians get involved in education programmes, it wouldÂ greatly assist in achieving sustainable educational development and stimulate theÂ interest of youths, pointing out that to achieve quality education is theÂ responsibility of all.
Sosan explained that exposing students to good reading materials such as magazines,Â newspapers, journals and other literature, apart from their regular text books,Â would enrich their intellectual capacityÂ and also enable them to engage inÂ meaningful and participatory discussions that could stand them out among theirÂ peers.
The deputy governor promised that the request by the group that the state governmentÂ should purchase copies of the booklets for distribution to students in publicÂ schools would be looked into.
Earlier, a member of the team, Mr. Babatunde Omotoso, commended the state governmentÂ for its various achievements in the education sector, stating that the currentÂ administration had done a lot to improve education in the state.
Omotoso assured that the organisation was ready to partner with the government inÂ the areas of book publication, among others.
He stated that the booklet, Eduquest was fashioned after Readers Digest with the aimÂ of improving reading culture amongÂ Nigerian youths while also encouraging them toÂ get engaged in gainful ventures during their leisure periods.
Omotoso explained that before now, the outfit commenced business in the country byÂ assisting Nigerian students wishing to study abroad to secure scholarships after itÂ must have conducted preliminary examinations that would assist them to passÂ qualifying examinations.