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Poly Lecturer Wants Students To Embrace Library, Drop Pinging

Posted: Jun 17, 2015 at 12:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Oyeniran Apata


The rising incidences of school children and youths knocked down by moving vehicles on the highway as a result of phone pinging, and rising mass failure has continued to attract deep concern and renewed call on students to return to the libraries instead.

This best described the concern of the Head of Department, Hotel Management and Tourism of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, Dr. Adebimpe Okhira.

She painted the pathetic picture of the poor reading habits among Nigerian youth at the launch of the book, ‘’Fundamentals of Food and Beverage Production’’ authored by Mrs. Christy Mojekwu, a lecturer at the Yaba College of Technology.

Dr. Okhira who was the chairman at the occasion, lamented to guests present at the ceremony that youths rather than go to the library to read books or consult text books for assignments, preferred to be busy with their black berry pining and surfing the Internet, thus wasting precious time.
‘’I am not happy about the reading culture of our youth. Our youth of today are only interested in pining and surfing the Internet. The culture of reading should not be allowed to die. The poor performance of our students in public exams can be attributed to lack of reading books’’.

‘’I am worried that reading habit of our youth is dwindling. Most of our students are occupied with their Black Berry pinging. It is high time you (students) leave pining and Internet surfing and go to the library and read valuable books that will help you educationally,” she said
She added, ‘’When we (lecturers) ask the students to write a letter or compose an essay, they will not be able to write well. Even during examinations, the students’ abbreviate words which they are used to when they are pining with their Black Berry.


Black Berry and Internet are distracting our students; they are always busy with it. They don’t have time to read. The problem with our students is that they are lazy”.
Rector of the institution, Dr. Kudirat Ladipo who was represented by the Deputy Rector (Academic), Mr. Innocent Akhuemonkhan, encouraged lecturers and people in academic settings, to write books and journals for students and general public use.

He lauded the author for producing the book and urged staff to emulate her in writing books for the benefit of their students.
Author of the book, Mrs. Mojekwu explained that her reason for writing the book, ‘is for my students because I know their problem and I decided to solve it”.

She stated as lecturers it rests on them to keep students busy with books and to do so meant writing more books, contending that she was motivated to write the book and do more.

She blamed  the poor performance of students in examinations on the lack of reading culture and also acknowledged that many students are being distracted and appealed to parents on the need to arrest the dwindling of children in reading for the love of social platforms.

According to the author, she started writing the book since 2003 and had taught the course for over 20 years, noting that the completion of the book became important as one of the criteria for promotion at YABATECH.

Acknowledging the contribution of her daughter, Chidima, a 200 level undergraduate student of English language at the University of Lagos, Mojekwu pledged to write more books just as her child also vowed to toe her mother’s line.
The Dean, School of Technology of YABATECH, Mrs. Bola Dada, who recommended the book to students of hospitality, said it was the first book to be written by a lecturer in the department. She hoped many others would emulate Mrs. Mojekwu.