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Wife of Benue State Governor, Dr Mrs Eunice Ortom has called on Women of the State to take up the responsibility of moulding their Children to become useful Citizens very seriously.

She made the call Friday at the monthly reading of the Association of Nigerian Authors, ANA, Benue State Chapter, held at Katsina Alu Hall, Royal Choice Inn, Makurdi.
Speaking through the Commissioner for women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs. Mwuese Mnyim, Mrs Ortom said the importance of the role mothers play in helping their children to realise who they are in future could not be overemphasised. She noted that most children who benefitted from such parental care at the early stage of their life were better off than those who did not.
The Governor’s wife described the monthly reading of the Benue State Chapter of ANA as a step towards helping to revive reading culture which She said had declined among youths and promised to complement such effort through introduction of similar programmes by her office for the advancement of the education sector.
Vice-Chancellor of Benue State University, Makurdi, Professor Msugh Kembe, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration, Professor Julius Ashiko, pledged the University’s continued support to ANA Benue to enable it carry out it’s activities, adding that he was impressed that young people could isolate themselves from their comfort zones to engage such an intellectual activity to improve their knowledge.
A lecturer in the Department of English of the same University, Dr. Andrew Abah who spoke on the topic “Sorry for Degree”, expressed concern over the inability of many graduates to apply themselves well today. He called for aggressive and sustained enlightenment programmes that could help arouse and enhance intellectual accumen of youths for self actualisation.
An indigenous Author and former Senior Special Assistant to a Vice-President, Mr. Shima Ayati, stressed the need for Writers in the 21st Century to always express themselves in the language that could be better appreciated, saying such was one of the most effective ways of promoting cultures and urged ANA Benue to take up the challenge.
Earlier, State Chairman of ANA, Mr.Charles Iornumbe said the Association had outlined a number of literary awareness programmes to engage writers to constantly lend their voices to societal issues as part of its contributions to the growth of knowledge and expressed gratitude to all those who contributed to making the special reading a huge success.
The event featured the presentation of the BSU Vice-Chancellor’s cash award to the winner of the ANA Benue/Yusuf Ali Short story competition, Master Msonter Anzaa, a student of the College of Health Sciences, Benue State University, Makurdi.


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