The Reading Association of Nigeria (RAN) has called on the government to establish Electronic Libraries also known as e-Libraries across the country, to stimulate reading culture especially among young people.
Mrs Irene
Mbanefo, the President of RAN made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja.

“If government can invest in e-library, students, children and even adults are going to read more, because technology is all over the place; it is being shove down our throat.

“So if we can put these words into e-form, its going to be easy to further encouraged people to read;though with all that is going on, people are still reading.

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“I don’t know if it is the standard of education that is falling, but however, we need to get e-Books into our library to encourage people to read more,’’ she said.

On poetry, Mbanefo, a retired director in the Federal Ministry of Education explained that if we could encourage the young people into poetry, it would bring about unity in the country.

On the affairs of RAN, the president said the vision of the association was to empower Nigerians with appropriate knowledge; attitude and skills through reading.

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She also said that RAN was formed to improve the reading culture of Nigerians, improve the quality of literacy instruction at all levels, stimulate and promote research literacy and reading.

“We have been going round the country including the grass root trying to get people to read; what we have been agitating for is e-Books.

“The Pan African Literacy for All is having a conference between the 28 and 31 of August this year and those are what we are going to discuss.

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“We are getting affiliates from all over Africa and the International Literacy Association from America; they will be joining us for this conference,’’ she said.

NAN reports that e-library is an electronic, online or digital library where one can have access to books, journals, novels, articles, or any other information over the net.

In addition to hundreds of full text and full run journals and newspapers, e-library offers millions of the best images, maps, websites and videos to support today’s classrooms.