By ONOZURE DANIA
Dearth of books, especially the ones that teach morality has been cited as reason for the poor reading culture particularly among the youth in the country. Governor of Katsina State, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema, made this remark, yesterday, in Lagos during a book launch.
It was a day the governor proclaimed Vanguard as the best newspaper in the country, saying it circulates in every nook and cranny of Nigeria. The book, Youth, Sex and Well-Being, authored by Yetunde Fashina-Arebi, deputy woman editor of the Vanguard, was formally presented to the public.
The governor, represented by his Commissioner for Information, Honorable Sani Batagarawa, commended the author for making available a book that not only talks about the girl-child but also about sex.
According to him, youths would find the book interesting and educative, “unlike the jargons they are exposed to on the internet”.
Shema added, “The girl-child in the society, if exposed to books like this, won’t become victims of unnecessary pregnancy and such vices. This is why I think such books and the author should be encouraged”. He noted that while the author was doing the writing, the state government was doing the practical.
Speaking on his passion for youths and the girl-child, the governor said, “The attention that we have given to the emancipation of the youths and the girl-child in particular over the past six years derives from our firm belief that the youths are leaders of tomorrow.
It, therefore, makes sense that if the future our dear state, Katsina, is to be bright and secure, nothing is too much to do to advance that cause. When my administration came in for the first tenure in 2007, one of the areas we looked at was human capital development. For us to develop our human capital, we needed adequate investments in education without necessarily neglecting other sectors”.
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Also speaking at the occasion, the deputy governor of Lagos State, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said 88 percent of young people look for information about sexual health at some stages in their lives.
Orelope-Adefulire said that most young people seek advice and information from their neighbours, friends or peers when their parents are not forthcoming in educating them about sex in a negative way.
According to her, social media provide uncontrolled platform where they discuss sex issues with their friends but which constantly expose them to unhealthy information.
” The ability to monitor the development of our children should be our priority, as you will agree with me that parenting will solve a lot of problems that may arise from regular discussion, counselling and monitoring,”the deputy governor added.
The chairman of the occasion was Justice George Adeshola Oguntade (rtd).
Also present at the programme, among others, were the First Lady of Bauchi State, Mrs Biodun Yuguda; Rev Dele Babalola; and the book reviewer, Professor Ajike Osanyin.