A Non -Governmental Organization with the aim of promoting reading, learning and grow literacy Organization popularly known as RELEGLON has condemned the kidnapping of School children and disrupting learning culture amongst the Northern Nigeria by encouraging illiteracy in 21st century.
The Chief Executive Officer of RELEGLON Dr Ijeoma .G. U. Ayuba, and the Chairman Governing Council, Mr Uche Okpata said the forcibly abduction of girls from Government Secondary Schools in Chibok and Dapchi had demonstrated the growing climate of insecurity, tension and fear in the North East .
Dr. Ayuba called on Nigerians to stand up and speak out on behalf of Leah (Liya) and the remaining vulnerable Chibok girls who are still in captivity in the hands of notorious terrorist gang.
She solicited the International organization’s intervention to arrest the rising cases of intimidation and molestation which had affected learning culture amongst the teaming populace youths especially the girl child who have suffered enough deprivation in the area of western education.
According to her, “let us make it very clear here that we do not believe that these terrorists activities are the work of those peaceful herders who enjoy living in harmony with the natives in centuries are now enemies “.
Dr. Ayuba explained that the failure to stop Boko Haram incursion into other parts of the country since 2015 where they have been waging and orchestrated campaign of ethnic genocide and women and children are the worst hit to learning foundation of African leaders.
We also mourn for voiceless persons like Liya who are victims of a system that has failed to secure their fundamental human rights to freedom, life free worship, education and other inalienable rights of universal human dignity and worth.
However, Mr. Uche Okpata disclosed that, we wish to furnish you with its aims and objectives of RELEGLON.
One of the aims of instituting the organisation is to enliven our drab mannerism and persona towards reading. It is said knowledge is power. And knowledge cannot be acquired in the absence of reading. In other words, anyone who aspires to become great must not trifle with reading.
Our past heroes who fought for independence of the country had one thing in common: erudition or studiousness. They gave their time to reading and studying global political revolution and events as to know the right time for the abolition of imperialistic governance in our clime. Compatriots such as late Obafemi Awolowo, late Herbert Macaulay, late Nnamid Azikiwe, et al were erudite individuals who sacrificed their times to painstaking reading to distinguish themselves in terms of leadership and political sagacity.
Show me a reader, and I will show you a great man or great leader. Before the devil inflicts a nation with retrogression or retardation, he first attacks the reading and learning consciousness and penchant of the citizenry. We should be bothered by the vacuum the extinction of the generation of individuals such as Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Festus Iyayi, T.M Aluko, Elechi Amadi, Ben Okri, Cyprian Ekwensu, etc would create on the country! It is indisputable that their sense of erudition has exponentially given fillip to our sociopolitical advancement.
Nigeria is today sunk into the doldrums of underdevelopment because of our shaky penchant for reading. Reading creates and promotes awareness. And awareness is a sine qua non for development and improvement. Therefore, unequivocally a greater Nigeria of tomorrow can only be birthed by good readers of today. Our great country must move from the nadir of economic asphyxiation, orchestrated by grim illiteracy, to the Eldorado of economic buoyancy through accelerated literacy programmes. Our aims and objectives are to see that this dream is achieved.
In pursuit of this dream, we donated thousands of books to secondary schools in Plateau State last year. The feat is designed as one of the steps to build a literate and well informed society. This year, we are evolving a greater modality by publishing eight manuscripts of literary creative writing, vetted and approved by Plateau State Ministry of Education. When published, they will be distributed gratis to secondary schools all over the country, starting from Plateau State.
As part of our programme to enhance our literacy level, we invite essays and manuscripts from budding authors. While budding authors stand the benefit of being published conventionally, the best three essayists will be rewarded with attractive prizes.
If you are a good writer, we are prepared to brighten your intellectual horizon and broaden your imaginative spectrum.
We equally have the programmes that would put paid to examinational malpractices and shore up our fallen standard of education. We have many packages in the pipeline which will be released to you in due course.
Meanwhile, if your child or ward has potentials to become a good writer or you are a good writer but obscure, we can lift you into the limelight of recognition.