The Rotary Club of Abuja, Maitama, on Thursday donated 300 literature textbooks to Government Secondary School (GSS), Garki, Abuja, to improve reading culture among students.
Club President, Rotn. Yusuf Alli, in his remarks, said that the books donated to the school after the needs assessment were aimed at alleviating the financial burden of the parents related to the purchase of the recommended textbooks.
Alli, who is also editor, Northern Operations of The Nation newspapers, called on recipients to improve their reading habits and advised them to use social media in a positive way.
He said: “We conducted needs assessments and found that students are weak in English language and literature. So we decided to intervene. It’s a. The second objective concerns the promotion of the culture of reading. Nigerians do not read anymore, and it is an awakening mission that we have taken here today to encourage, promote and improve the culture of reading.
“Social media is not killing the culture of reading. In fact, most of the books are now online. What we’ve done is educate them, let them read so they can subscribe to any book they want online. If we talk about the Amazons and so many publishing houses, they have their works online. All we need to do is just step up and tell them to make the most of social media and read.
“Look for good literature on social media and read to improve your concentration, to improve your communication skills and also to be mentally alert. Reading is life, nothing else. If you don’t read, you are dead as a human being. So instead of getting distracted by evils on social media, we want them to use social media in a positive way. So I don’t see how social media is going to affect the reading culture, they will rather improve it.It makes it easier to write and read these days.
“We have distributed 300 books to help students, and the biggest beneficiaries are the parents. Some parents can’t afford some of these literature books we provided. Our purpose in Rotary is to do good around the world; helping the needy and wealthy in society. Wherever there is a gap, we try to close it and that’s all we did today.
Also speaking was the Governor of the Rotary International Club, District 9125, Dr. Goddy Nnadi, who was represented by an Assistant District Governor, Rotn. Chuka Okoye, advised the beneficiary students to take reading very seriously, adding that with reading, they could achieve their dreams.