Soyinka asks Benue to build library for IDPs

NOBEL Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka has called for the establishment of a temporary library at the Abagena internally displaced person’s camp IDP in Benue State.

Soyinka made recently when he, in company of members of the state chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) visited the camp as part of the programmes for his familiarisation visit to the state.

He promised to donate books to the library if established for the children to always read and become educationally equipped to secure their future.

Soyinka told the internally displaced children that as future leaders, they deserved equal attention and treatment with those living normal lives.

The winner of the Nobel prize for Literature said he was in the IDP camp to identify with the people especially the children who he noted were out of their homes and studying under such conditions to give them hope, thanking the state government for establishing the makeshift school.

Also speaking, commissioner for education Professor Dennis Tyavyar who led the Nobel Laureate to the camp on behalf of the Governor, said the makeshift school was established by the state government in conjunction with UNICEF to cater for the educational needs of displaced children across all the camps established in the state.

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The education Commissioner promised to establish a library at the Abagena IDP camp and stock it with books as requested by the literary giant, while commending him for prompting the government to take such a step towards advancing the cause of the Benue child.

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