- Eket Book Club is not about next election but next generation – Eyiboh
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The President of Book Clubs in Nigeria and founder of Uyo, Ikot Ekpene and Eket Book Clubs, Dr. Udeme Nana on Sunday, in Eket called on lovers of books and stakeholders in Eket and neighbouring local government areas to ensure the viability and sustainability of Eket Book Club by supporting the activities of the Club.
Dr. Nana, lecturer and writer, made the call on Sunday in Eket during the inaugural meeting of Eket Book Club.
According to him, reading and learning are important to the progress and development of any society, noting that the future holds remarkable and enduring packages to readers and researchers, saying the birth of Book Clubs in the country was to raise generation of persons with mindsets aimed at achieving possibilities.
He lauded the facilitator of Eket Book Club, Rt. Hon. Eseme Eyiboh for his sacrificial efforts in ensuring the inauguration of the Book Club in Eket, noting that Hon. Eyiboh’s has written his name in gold, urging him not to relent but should ensure that Eket Book Club stands out among other Book Clubs in the country.
Dr. Nana also thanked the Chairman of Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission(AKISIEC), Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak for his support to Eket Book Club, saying the gesture should be sustained.
In his goodwill message, the facilitator of Eket Book Club, Rt. Hon. Eseme Eyiboh said Eket Book Club is a learning hub to raise future and independent leaders, and not for political gains and next election.
“Eket Book Club is not about next election but about next generation. There must be leadership recruitment process”, he said.
Eyiboh reiterated the need to prepare for the future, this he opined, can be achieved through proper orientation, exposure and constant learning.
The former Spokesperson of the House of Representatives, rolled out series of programs he undertook, all aimed at improving and equipping beneficiaries for total independence, like the sponsorship of 10 individuals at the International Institute of Journalism, Uyo study centre and the recently concluded Masterclass program on Writing with Dr. Udeme Nana in Eket, Akwa Ibom State.
Eyiboh, announced the sponsorship of six persons to a 3-day Africa Youths Leadership Conference billed to commence on September 16th to September 19th at NAF Conference Centre, Abuja.
He further announced to the admiration of all, the upcoming 3-day Leadership Retreat scheduled to hold in Akpautong, Esit-Eket LGA, Akwa Ibom State next month. He said, the former Director of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission, Director of The Kenya School of Law, an eloquent lawyer and orator, Prof Patrick Lumumba, an author, Sam Adeyemi and other notable speakers are to be in attendance, saying these approaches should not be misconstrued to be politically motivated but avenues to nurture future leadership in the country.
The chairman of Animeks International Schools, Eket, Elder Aniedi Ikoiwak, in his goodwill message commended Dr. Udeme Nana, Rt.Hon. Eseme Eyiboh, the leadership and members of Eket Book Club for the initiative, saying book reading is essential to social reengineering and reorientation, nothing that readers are leaders.
He urged parents to encouraged their wards to be readers and not exams cheaters, wondering how some parents instead of making sure they encouraged their children to read would be searching for special examination centres for malpractices.
Elder Ikoiwak, said, it was through constant reading and personal learning that before now, great personalities sat at the comfort of their homes, wrote and passed exams in advanced institutions in United Kingdom and United States of America and other countries without physical contact with those foreign instructors and examiners, stressing that reading should formed part of every individual.
At the event, over thirty school children were adopted by Eket Book Club and copies of a book, “More than just a girl” authored by Ndueso Young and reviewed by her at the event were given to them. They are to read it for 3 months and reviewed same. The best reviewer stands a chance of smiling home with 50,000 Naira with a year scholarship. Second runner-up shall win 50,000 naira and 30,000 for third position. While the overall winner who shall emerge quarterly, through unbiased process having submitted his/her works electronically wins full scholarship in any higher institution in the country.
Earlier, the coordinator of Eket Book Club, Nsibiet John while welcoming participants called on all residents of the area to join Eket Book Club, saying the Club is open to all and is non-partisan.
The colourful event featured goodwill messages from Dr. Godwin Noah and others, presentation of a book “Village Boy” authored by Anietie Usen to all mentors, photo sessions and was well attended.