Prof. Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina, Chief Executive Officer/National Librarian (middle) Presents Books to NCS Comptroller-General Ahmed Ja'afaru (r) Photo: NCS@Twitter

NLN donates books to Nigerian prisons to enhance reading culture

*National Library of Nigeria has made some donations for reading materials and foodstuffs to inmates of Nigeria Correctional Services nationwide, says NLN CEO/ National Librarian

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

As part of its efforts at promoting reading culture and self-development among the populace, the National Library of Nigeria (NLN) has donated books to the inmates of Nigeria Correctional Services nationwide.

Prof. Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina, Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/National Librarian, who presented the donations, said the gesture was part of the agency’s efforts at enhancing reading culture among cross-sections of Nigerians.

Ahmed Ja’afaru, Comptroller-General, Nigeria Correctional Services (NCS), received the donated volumes in Abuja, FCT.

Aina disclosed that during the annual readership promotion campaign in 2019,

The National Library visited a Correctional Centre in each of the 36 state capitals, including the FCT, and preached to the inmates the importance of reading culture.

During the campaign, some donations were made for reading materials and foodstuffs, said the NLN Chief.

He also promised to make more donations in the subsequent year.

According to Aina, to fulfil the promise, the NLN had earmarked a donation of books to each of the Correctional Centres visited worth N50, 000, while pledging to continue to support inmates in order to improve their lives.

Comptroller-General Jafaru expressed appreciation and commended the efforts by the National Library of Nigeria towards encouraging readership and scholarship among Nigerians.

He noted that the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC), National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) and Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) made similar contributions to enhance the lives of inmates nationwide.

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