Friday, 28 November 2014

NYSC inaugurates readers club in Anambra, splash free books to scondary schools

Okechukwu Onuegbu
The Anambra State Coordinator, National Youth Social Corps (NYSC), Mrs. R.I Odigwe, recently inaugurated “Readers Club” for secondary school students in the state, with a call on Nigerians to study at least a book a day.

Mrs. Odigwe, who was represented by Mr. Ayo Ayanda, the Head of Community Development Services in the agency, explained that readers are leaders, even as she charged students to reactivate reading habits because according to her, reading catapult people to different destinations and positions money could not ordinarily take them to.

According to her, the club (Readers Club) was formed to re-inculcate reading cultures among students, teach them how to review books and other related academic works, and further empower them to triumph in unity examinations, higher institutions of learning and labour market.

Entitled “Unleashing the giant in you”, the event also featured debate competition and career talks on journalism, medical field and law, after which books and other gifts were presented to participated schools.

Resource persons who talked on career choice, Director of Prof. Kenneth Dike Library, Nkem Osuigwe; Mr. Uche Nworah, Managing Director of Anambra Broadcasting Service; Dr. Tomi Okeyanju and Mr. John Nnamdi advised students to choose disciplines they have passion for, and ready to practise either with or without remuneration for optimum services to the mankind.

In a debate themed “Government, a panacea to insecurity in Nigeria”, Community Secondary School Okpuno took first position; St. John of God emerged second; Capital City Secondary School Awka came third; while Community Secondary School Agulu-Awka; Kenneth Memorial Secondary School and Girls Secondary School Awka pulled 4th, 5th and 6th positions respectively.
Speaking in an interview after the programme, Barr. Gabriel Fatokunbo, Corp member serving at the office of Public Defender, Citizens’ Right Department, re-affirmed the readiness of corps members to rendering better services to Nigerians, adding that such event would soon be extended to primary school pupils, students of tertiary institutions, and through the media with a view to re-engineering change agents in the country.

Responding, some of the participants, Mr. Chisom Nnamdi, SS2 Student of Dike Memorial Secondary School, and Miss Uzobiwu Oluchukwu, SS3 student of Girls Secondary School, Awka pledged to practise what they leanrt from the career talks.



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