Have you ever desired to have your child love reading always?

The culture of reading is dying in Nigeria but the truth remains that reading is the only way individuals will get hold of information that will empower them in life.

Pregnant women can help their children cultivate the culture of reading and the process must begin when the child is still in the womb, a Librarian in Nigeria, Professor Lanrie Aina, said on Wednesday.

Reading to their unborn child, will help the child cultivate the culture of reading and will help in building a viral reading nation, he believes.

Aina, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of National Library of Nigeria, gave the advice at a readership promotion campaign in Jos the capital of Plateau State, entitled: “Working together to build a virile reading Nation: Challenges and Strategies”.

According to him, when pregnant women read to their unborn children, they would be more aware of the importance of reading books to their children when they are born.

But for him that is just the beginning of the wonderful process.

The next stage would be to continue with the practice when the baby is born.

Sustaining the habit will enable the child to have the background and culture right from childhood.

“By the time the babies get to kindergarten and nursery school age, they will have imbibed the culture of reading,” he said.

Aina said that the annual readership campaign would take place in 23 state branches of the National library adding that 13 states had carried out the campaign.

He highlighted the objective of the campaign to include encouraging reading among Nigerians, promoting the increase in reading materials and identifying obstacles which inhibit reading.

In his speech, the state Governor, Simon Lalong, said that more qualified English teachers would be employed in the state to bridge the existing gap in public schools.

Represented by the Commissioner for Secondary Education, Mr Peter Maigari, the Governor pointed out that the gesture would enhance the skill of learning English language which was most popularly used in reading and writing.

“We implore those authors to simplify their vocabulary in accordance to readers comprehension.

“The reading materials should be integral to their environment, culture and traditions,” he added.

The declining reading culture in Nigeria is a major source of concern for some leaders in Nigeria.

Last week the Sultan of Sokoto attributed the declining reading culture to the use of social networks, which he said were distractions to mostly girls.