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Mr Peter Akarogbe ,the President, Oyede Development Union, ODU, in conjunction with Every Child Counts Initiative For Education, ECCIFED, has donated free text books to schools in Oyede community, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.
Handing over the books to the schools at Comprehensive High School, Oyede, Akarogbe said that the gesture was borne out of the need for the union to contribute its quota to the development of educational standard and eradication of illiteracy from the community.
He said another reason for the donation was that the reading culture of the Nigerian child has drastically dropped and has seriously affected the quality of the output in the schools, stressing that the reading culture of Nigerian children has fallen to 30 percent according to the United Nations, UN, rating.
He said, “Research has also shown that this less reading habit and culture recorded amongst our students today is also a result of non-availability of good and qualitative reading materials and articles for our children.”
Akarogbe, who is also the MD/CEO of Iterlen Industrial Services Ltd, said that many children wish to read books and improve themselves but for the poor funding of school libraries and the alleged diversion of books donated to school libraries.