The Vice Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Professor Charles Esimone, has blamed the inability of people to read on the advent of sophisticated mobile phones. He made this remark through the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Professor Frederick Odibo, who represented him at this year’s World Book Day celebration of the Professor Festus Aghagbo Nwako (PFAN) Library, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Akwa held recently at the University Library Basement.
Professor Esimone expressed that anyone who refuses to read good books in a day may lose touch with realities of time explaining that reading maintains people’s mental, physical, psychological and social wellbeing.
According to him, UNIZIK would have a modernize digital library that would aid reading and other academic exercise for students of the school.
In her contribution, the Chairperson of the occasion, and Honourable Commissioner of Education in the state, Professor Ngozi Chuma-Udeh, represented by Dr Bryan Udeh, the importance of the World Book Day is to celebrate education and books, adding that education cannot be talked about without resourceful books
Udeh added, “Books play a wide range of service in understanding of culture and a means of insulating moral ethics and values.”
The University Librarian, Dr Stella Ngozi Anasi, disclosed that motive behind celebrating the World Book Day was to encourage people to read books, appreciate literature and protect the rights of authors and publishers.
Dr Ngozi expressed that the World Book Day is a day celebrated annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on every first Thursday in the month of March, but in other countries around the world, it is celebrated on 23rd of April annually.
World Book Day was first established by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1995.
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