A retired librarian, Mrs Ada Ezeobi, has urged Nigerians to donate quality books to children at Internally Displaced People (IDP) camps to help reduce illiteracy rate in the country.
Ezeobi, a former Librarian in Eha Amufu College of Education, Enugu, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) in Enugu on Thursday.
She said that children at the IDP camps all over Nigeria needed to be educated for their development and that of Nigeria.
The retired librarian, who said that over 65 per cent of Nigerians were illiterates, warned that attempt by government to neglect child education in the IDP camps might be dangerous for the development of the country.
She called on government to equip public libraries with books that people in the rural areas could read to reduce the high illiteracy rate in Nigeria.
“The use of public libraries in the rural areas will help people who cannot access the internet to also have knowledge of happenings globally; it will help them in meeting their educational needs.
“That is why public library is called people’s university where everyone both old and young goes to acquire knowledge through the availability of quality book stocks there.
“I thereby call on government at all levels to encourage Nigerians, most especially children in the IDP camps across Nigeria through donation of quality books.
“I also wish to appeal to our government to help employ teachers for the children at the IDP camps to meet their needs in terms of education, “she said. (NAN)