The Oyo State Commissioner for Transport, Prof. Nurudeen Tanimowo, on Tuesday in Oyo urged youths to imbibe reading culture for all-round development.
Tanimowo, who was represented by Mr Samson Atolagbe, a Chief Lecturer at the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, made the call at a Readership Promotion Campaign.
The forum with the theme, “Reading on the Move, ” was organised by the Oyo State Library Board.
Tanimowo said : “The real tragedy in our educational system is that only few children and students discover the fascination in reading.
“Some social facilities like recreation and leisure- mobile phones, face book, internet browsing, home videos caused distractions.
“A student will have a better academic performance, if he or she, with strong determination and discipline, can substitute these social amenities for good reading culture.’’
The commissioner, who advocated reading for self fulfillment and social change, said: “Reading is a basic tool of education, information and relaxation.
“This allows individual to cope with new knowledge in the changing world of technological age.’’
Also speaking, Chief Bamiji Ojo, who was the Chairman of the occasion, urged students to be more committed to their education.
Ojo said that there could be no education without reading.
In his remarks, Mr Olakanmi Adigun, the Acting Librarian in Oyo State, said that the programme was organised to inculcate reading culture in youths.
Adigun said a reading culture would enhance better academic performance.
He commended Gov. Abiola Ajimobi for ensuring free qualitative education and his support to the board.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme featured reading from various books by the students and distribution of gifts to deserving winners. (NAN)