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April 24, 2024

Nigerian publishers ask South-West govs to reduce high cost on book reviews

Nigerian publishers ask South-West govs to reduce high cost on book reviews

Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos

Laolu Elijah, Ibadan

Nigerian publishers have appealed to State Governors across the country especially those in the six South West states to reduce exorbitant costs imposed on book review.

The appeal was made by the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Publishers Association, Mr Emmanuel Abimbola during a media parley with newsmen at the NUJ, Oyo State Council, Ibadan on Wednesday.

Unlike in the past when a book review cost N5,000, the high costs charged by State Governments in the South West zone now ranges between N2 million and N3 million.

He said the most traumatising aspect of it was when he called a civil servant about the outrageous costs and the burden put on the publishers and the parents who will have to cough out about N80,000 to buy books for a pupil in primary school.

“The government official from the ministry told me that it is a way of generating revenue for the state government”, he said.

Mr Abimbola who was flanked by the Director of Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC Dr John Assein and Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, Comrade Ademola Babalola further explained that the high cost on book review is only peculiar to the South West zone adding that the publishers do not experience such difficulties in the South East zone where N50,000 is charged for book review.

He stressed that as much as he supports periodic book review to ascertain the quality of books used by students, he said education is a social service that citizens should enjoy. 

Dr Assein hinted that the advent of social media has been a blessing as well as a curse because of its attendant problems.

On piracy of materials, movies, he said the commission has taken some steps to protect the publishing space.