The Freedom Of Information Act CDS Group of the Osun state NYSC has organized a sensitization outreach for pupils and students of High Class School, Iragbiji, Boripe Local Government.
The event took place on Thursday, 23rd, June 2022 as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives of the corps members.
Speaking at the event, President of the Freedom Of Information Act CDS Group, Boripe Local Government, Nelson Usunobun Ojo encouraged students and pupils alike to cultivate a reading habit as it widens their knowledge horizons and increases their chances of living qualitative lives in the long-run.
He said “Our reading culture in this nation leaves so much to be desired, explaining the unrefined mentality that many citizens carry around. That’s why it’s important that you upcoming generations do better than we older ones by building-up this habit as early on as possible”
The keynote speaker for the outreach, Abanikanda Aishat Oluwakemi on her part emphasized that today’s globalised village rewards the informed not the ignorant, urging the young lads to denounce ignorance with knowledge acquisition through books.
According to her, consistent reading sharpens a young mind and prepares it for consequent life stages when reading skills are very much essential for survival and success.
“As the saying goes – readers are leaders. Curricular and extracurricular reading makes you a well-rounded and sought-after personality both amongst your peers and the larger society” she said
The corps member emphasized that extracurricular reading unlocks access to relevant and valuable information from developed places and societies that could go a long way in redressing unruly but mainstream mentalities in Nigeria.
“Reading wide makes you understand that when you dump refuse in a drainage as a short-term solution to inadequate refuse disposal facilities, you are only putting yourself and everyone at the long-term risk of flood wreckage as well as loss of lives and properties.” She added
To facilitate a reading culture in the pupils and students, the CDS group donated a couple of notebooks and textbooks to the school.
The management of the school who were visibly pleased with the initiative commended the corps members for finding ways to give back to the upcoming generation.