The Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Taraba State branch yesterday began partnership with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Jalingo to help revive reading and writing culture in the State.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Acting General Manager of the station, Mrs. Meti Dennis, the State Chairman of ANA, Mr. Rifonsikwe Kingham decried the low level of writing and reading in the State and called on the NTA management in the State to partner the association to promote reading and writing in the State.
According to him, the advent of the internet and the new media have caused a lot of damage among the Nigerian public especially the youth who now spend quality time on surfing the net instead of reading books to promote their knowledge base.
Kingham who solicited for the support of the NTA to help enlighten the public on the activities of the association in the State, urged the public to help inculcate reading and writing culture in the younger ones to promote literacy in the society.
In her remarks, Acting General Manager of NTA Jalingo, Mrs. Meti Dennis said most Nigerians today speak bad English because people no longer read books and called on the public to imbibe reading culture to reverse the trend.
She assured that the Station will do its best by coming out with news and programmes that would encourage people to read and write books for the good of the society.
The Acting General Manager urged writers not to be discouraged in writing books because of poor public patronage, but continue to do their best.
She urged the association to partner with the State Ministry of Education to organise zonal reading and writing competition among Secondary and Primary School children to promote reading and writing culture among school children in the State.