The member representing Abak, Etim Ekpo, Ika in the National assembly, Hon . Aniekan Umanah has called on Nigerians to embrace the reading culture to broaden their scope, exercise their minds and discover hidden secrets in books for the benefit of the society.
Hon. Umanah stated this yesterday at the formal inauguration of Abak Book Club which took place at the LUNAFIG Polytechnic campus, No.4 Imessco Avenue Abak where he was represented by Mr. Anietie Idok, the General manager of Premium 89.9fm Abak, Hon. Aniekan Umanah pledged his support to the newly inaugurated book club and commended the efforts of the founders and coordinators.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Udeme Nana the founder and progenitor of the Uyo book club re – emphasized the value of creating a reading community .He stated that the Book Club initiative was a non political, non ethnic hub set up to re – ignite the dying culture of reading , promote the culture of reading with a view to refining the sensibilities of people. The Media Scholar observed that a people whose sensibilities are thoroughly refined make for a better society. He outlined some of the benefits of reading and charged members to prepare for an exciting experience. Dr Nana, a former Media Adviser to Governor Victor Attah and Godswill Akpabio also promised to make himself available for the members of the Abak book club.
Also speaking at the event, Mrs Mary Jonas, the lead Co-ordinator of the Abak book club expressed her sincere appreciation and added that she was inspired to replicate a book club in Abak after seeing what was being done in Uyo and Ikot Ekpene.
The inauguration also featured the presentation of members of the Abak book club, spoken word , presentation and book review.