By Ifeanyi Okonkwo,
The Rotary International Club of Nigeria, Anambra State chapter on Thursday 25th January, 2018, presented over 500 cartons of books to the Anambra State Government, as part of its way of giving back to the society.The presentation which took place at Professor Kenneth Dike Memorial Library Awka, saw the Governor receiving the books, which included books for various subjects for use in Government owned primary and secondary schools in the state.
His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, who was represented by Chief Tony Nwacheta, Commissioner for Information and Communication Strategy, on receiving the books, showered praises on the club members for their kind gesture stating that this will go a long way in adding value in educating young minds of the state.
“The rotary club, an international body have been known for years as philanthropists and have positively influenced the society.
“I urge Anamberians to make proper use of these books through making research, consultation and improvement of knowledge”.
“Education is key in any society! I want to use this opportunity to encourage the Rotary Club members not to relent in affecting lives positively and I prayed that you will never go unrewarded.
“I want to thank all those who in one way or the other contributed to this treasure to Ndi-Anambra . We are grateful for this kind gesture and we are going to make sure that these books are distributed properly across all schools”. The Commissioner stated.
Earlier, the District Governor, Dr. Emman Ude Akpeh, Rotary International (District 9142, Nigeria) in his speech commended the Anambra State Government in its role in education in the state.
According to Dr. Ude Akpeh, “Knowledge is a universal currency and we all have realised that education is one tool in which an individual can use to move beyond his environment”.
“These books will still be very useful until our people have adequate resources to download online which we all know cost much and just few can afford online book downloads”.
Also present at the occasion was Professor Raphel Nnajiofor Assistant District Governor Awka Zone, who told Journalists that, “Those who do not have the opportunity to go to school can at least read. This is to serve humanity. These days our younger generation does not love reading. They prefer chatting on Facebook and whatsapp”.
“The fact that this generation does not read will not stop us from doing good. We know some love reading and because of those few ones that read, we are encouraged to do this”.
“We thank Governor Willie Obiano for accepting these books and we will still do more”, Professor Raphel Nnajiofor concluded.