Reading culture has been on the decline and the arrival of social networks has helped to make the issue worse.

But the National Orientation Agency thinks it can turn the tide, and it believes a collaboration with other organisations will make this work. 

The agency's Enugu State office says it is willing to partner with interested organisations in reviving the reading culture among the youth.

The Director of the agency in the state, Mr Isaac Onukwube, made the pledge in Enugu on Thursday in a chat with members of the Coal City Literary Foundation (CCLF).

Onukwube expressed worry about the collapse of reading in secondary and tertiary schools. 

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According to him, reading culture is dead and not dwindling among the youth in Nigeria. 

“You cannot even promote literacy in the country as many students cannot speak or write well again. 

“We cannot fold our hands. We need to go back to the basics; we need to revive declined values from home. 

“It is even worse in work places as people no longer read even newspapers. It is that bad,” he said. 

He commended the foundation for its campaign to promote reading and writing skills in the state and pledged to work with it. 

Earlier, the President of the foundation, Dr Adaobi Nwoye, said the group had done a lot to improve reading skills in schools and the society in general.

Nwoye said it had set up reading clubs and organised reading sessions in some secondary schools in the state.

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One thing that the organisation is using is its ‘Readers are Leaders’ project that celebrates literary icons and influential people to encourage the youth to get educated. 

This year’s edition of the event which holds on May 24 in Enugu State will be hosted by the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.