June 21, 2024

A’Ibom deputy governor wants revival of reading culture

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Akpan Umoh, Uyo

The Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr Moses Ekpo has said that the time has come for a massive revival of reading culture as books are vast sources of knowledge.

Ekpo made the call during the public presentation and launching of the book, “The people’s right to know”, authored by Bishop Prof Ahaziah Umanah, at Abak, Tuesday.

He expressed displeasure at the current culture of reading in the country which he said was in a state of decline, adding that this accounted for why book launches are not as popular as political rallies.

He described books as credible change agents that can positively impact our character and perceptions while contributing to knowledge as well as shaping and influencing our worldview.

Ekpo congratulated Prof. Umanah for the height he has attained, having written several books over the years through his untiring intellectual contributions, adding that he had lived up to his calling as a reputable Communication scholar and clergy.

He noted that he was proud to be associated with his scholarly efforts and considered it a great honour to be chairman of the occasion.

Speaking earlier, Bishop Ahaziah Umanah gave an overview of the book, “The people’s right to know”, explaining that it was a book on socio-political, cultural, historical and humanistic commentaries aimed at challenging humanity to come to terms with the fact that the society seeks to function and excel peacefully.

He said that the pursuit of power, righteousness and wisdom was the most sought-after attributes of humanity which are abundantly found in the word of God which men had documented for eternal ownership and posterity in the Bible and other books.

“These are imperishable attributes made generously available in spoken broadcast, narrowcasts mainly in words and stored for generations as ideas in books such as “The people’s right to know”.

He further explained that the book contains ideas as to how Nigeria can exist viably with the necessary moral and political authority that ensures socio-political viability and sustainability.

He added that the book was aimed at enhancing the capacity and capability of Nigerians and their leaders in acquiring the requisite power, righteousness and wisdom to restructure, live and lead peacefully and progressively.

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