Telecommunications company, 9mobile, has donated books to the Isolo Public Library, Lagos State, and also unveiled a reading club to promote literacy, in commemoration of the 2018 World Book Day.
During the visit to the state-owned library, 9mobile delighted pupils, teachers, and officials of the library, with copies of books by renowned authors, including Chinua Achebe, Cyprian Ekwensi, Mabel Segun, and Jowhor Ile – winner of the 9mobile Prize for Literature 2016.
According to a statement, the donation of books by 9mobile further underscores its commitment to the development and promotion of writing and reading in Nigeria and Africa at large.
Speaking while presenting the books to the Lagos State Library Board, Acting Director, Regulatory & Corporate Affairs, 9mobile, Oluseyi Osunsedo, said the benefits of book reading on national development were immense, noting that the telco was promoting a reading culture to support knowledge acquisition and retention in Nigeria, especially amongst the youth.
“For us at 9mobile, we are passionate about driving sustainable national development and making a positive impact in the lives of Nigerians. As a youthful brand, our product offerings and CSR activities firmly confirm our belief that the youth are critical to nation-building, and education is the bedrock of any nation’s development,” she stated.
The Assistant Director, Lagos State Library Board, Asimiyu Oyadipe, commended 9mobile for the gesture and said the support was in line with government’s efforts towards the improvement of a reading culture amongst the residents.
Culled from Punch
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