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||By Othman Alaga & Ene Godwin

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Patron of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Nasarawa State Chapter, Professor Idris O. O. Amali, has charged the executive members of the association to redouble their efforts to make literacy works available to all schools in order to improve reading culture in Nigeria.

Amali gave the charge while playing hosts to the newly elected executive officials of ANA, led by the Chairperson, Dr. Mrs. Chika Ose Agbo, in his office at Lafia.

Amali decried the nation's reading culture, urging the ANA members to prioritise how to better the sad situation.

He said: "People now don't want to read books, libraries are seldom used, unlike in the past, but I strongly believe that something can be done to make especially the young ones to, once again, love books."

He advised writers to make their writings relevant to, and reflective of, what goes on "in our local environments."

He called on Nigerian authors to make their books available to stakeholders, primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, to have impacts on their reading habit.

Amali advised the association to liase with the state ministry of education, science and technology to make available to it their literacy works for possible use by students in the state.

Professor Amali commended the Nigerian authors for their contributions to the intellectual development in the state.

He, however, urged the state chapter of ANA to work towards building a strong relationship with stakeholders in the state and the country as a whole.

"As members of an association such as ANA, you have a crucial role to play in creating awareness among the teeming youths, especially in relation to mobilising the public towards improving and salvaging education from imminent collapse."

Earlier, in her welcoming address, the Chairperson of ANA, Dr. Mrs. Chika Ose Agbo, said the executives deemed it fit to pay a familiarisation visit to the association's patron, Amali, to thank him for the fatherly role he played during and after the ANA election and brief him on the association's planned activities for the next three years.

Dr. Mrs. Ose Agbo said that the association would restart its reading campaign across schools in the state to improve reading habit among students, appealing to Amali to support them to achieve their objectives.

The chairperson said that the association was deeply worried about the poor reading culture and declining standards of education in the country.