‘Reading culture crucial to academic excellence’
By Bukola Olamona
The District Governor, International Association of Lions Clubs, multiple District 404 A1, Sir Monday Onyeme has called on students to go back to the reading culture that is almost going into extinction, adding that if they do, they will see the benefits.
Onyeme made the call while donating books through Akure Ala Lions Club to some selected schools across the three Senatorial Districts of Ondo State held at Oyemekun Grammar School, Akure.
The District Governor who stated that the books will make great difference in the lives of the students admonished them to make good use of the educational materials.
He said: “When you read, it sinks and you will never forget “.
Onyeme who disclosed that books of this sort have been donated in about 28 places said the reason for the donation was because he too was a product of Education and also as a member of Lions Club, an organisation which always does everything in its power to make the society a better place.
“As members of Lions Club, we do everything within our power to recreate the society, to make the society a better place for us all, the benefits that accrued to me as a result of education, I felt it is my obligation to make it possible for others to benefit,” he stated.
In his speech, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Rev Akin Asaniyan who was represented by a Director in the ministry, Pastor Olabanji Ogundele said the state government appreciates the gesture saying government is delighted to see good spirited people coming to intervene in the educational sector in the state.
He said education is pivotal in everything we do adding however that the cost of it is enormous as government cannot foot the bill of giving students qualitative education alone.
According to Ogundele “Government appreciates anyone or group who comes to intervene in what government cannot totally do, especially making books available.
He therefore called on as many that are still able to support government to do so.
Earlier, the outgoing president of Ala Lions Club, Chief Temitope Ojo said the donor has given life through education by donating the books and therefore called on the beneficiaries to make judicious use of them.
A student from one of the schools that benefited, Community Comprehensive High School, Akungba Akoko, Akinrin Winifred, said she is happy and excited for the donation saying it would help the students to understand better and focus more on their studies.
“For some time now, we have been facing challenges on Literature textbooks and new editions and they are now available, so I am happy,” she said.
It was gathered that about 48,000 books were distributed to about eleven schools across the state.
Schools that benefitted are St. Dominics High School, Akure, Uso Grammar School, Uso, Oyemekun Grammar school, Akure, Oludaye Grammar School, Oba Akoko, Omuroko Comprehensive High School, Ipesi Akoko and Community Grammar School, Akungba Akoko.
Others are: St Michael’s High School, Akure, Akure Secondary Commercial High school, Akure, Obahoho Comprehensive High School, Epinmi Akoko, African Church Grammar School Oka Akoko, and Alamo Grammar School, Itaogbolu.