Nasarawa State Government on Wednesday inaugurated ‘Read and Tell’ clubs in Primary and Secondary Schools to promote reading and writing culture in the state.
Inaugurating the club on behalf of Gov. Abdullahi Sule in Lafia, Mrs Habiba Balarabe-Suleiman, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the government on Human Capital Development, said that the essence of the club was to reawaken the culture of scholarship amongst students.
The SSA to the governor who is also the state’s Focal Person on Human Capital Development, said the club is an initiative to ensure better reading and writing culture.
She noted that it would ensure that primary school pupils and secondary school students learn and speak English which is the medium of communication fluently in order to break all barriers to their progress educationally.
Balarabe-Suleiman pointed out that the Sule-led administration prioritises education hence the allocation of more than 30 per cent of the state 2021 budget to the sector in line with UNESCO’s recommendation.
“This initiative I believed will go a long way to assist the students and improve the performances of the state in national examinations such as NECO, JAMB among others,” she added.
She said the clubs have been established in six primary and 13 secondary schools across the state, adding that it would be extended to more schools for the benefits of children.
Also speaking at the event, Sheila Tosan-Akabe, wife of the Nasarawa State Deputy Governor lauded the office of focal person for the initiative.
Akabe encouraged students to cultivate a good reading habit, adding that success only comes through hard work hence the need for them to take their studies seriously.
The event featured reading of books and articles by the wife of the deputy governor as well as other dignitaries at the occasion.
Representatives from six primary and 13 secondary schools across the state, where the clubs have been established were at the official inauguration ceremony.