The former Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Professor Nuhu Omeiza Yaqub has blamed the Ministry of Education and all other stakeholders involved in education matters over the dying reading and learning culture in the country, a situation which he has described as "a serious problem in Nigeria".
He made the remark on Saturday in Abuja, during the public presentation and launching of three books; 'A Rose in Bloom', 'Pathos of a Wilting Rose' and 'Whimsical Rhapsody', all written by Dr. Ejine Okoroafor-Ezediaro in conjunction with the Abuja Literary Society.
“The poor culture of reading and learning is a very serious problem which I think the ministry of education and all those who are concerned about education in this country should also be concerned about.
"It is rather unfortunate that at this point in the history of this country, the culture of reading and learning has virtually disappeared”, he noted.
Yaqub said that the dying culture of reading is one of the factors responsible for the poor quality of graduates from the institutions of higher learning.
On her part, the author of the three books, Ejine, who is also a medical doctor, recalled that her flair for writing prose and poetry was dated back to her days in the secondary school which clearly manifested during her medical licensing examination in USA.
“Subsequently, I was enmeshed in the sciences by trying to get a medical degree and working as a doctor, but while I was studying for the all important medical licensing exams, I felt the burden of contributing my overwhelming inspirations through literary works.