Reading culture may return to Abia


As Gov Ikpeazu moves to honour his father with 30,000 capacity library

Abia people may return to reading books and developing intellectual capacity again. This is as Gov Okezie Ikpeazu and his siblings are to establish a library in honour of their late father, Ishmael Ikpeazu, to revive reading culture among youths.

On completion, the library would be stocked with contemporary books on diverse spheres of academics, leadership and global developments.

It will be fully equipped with science laboratory for science students of secondary and tertiary institutions, to conduct their practical works.

It will also have a recreational area, where students on an excursion can unwind and engage in interactive and educational activities, an amphitheater for lectures and seminars and accommodation for visiting scholars and researchers.

Governor Ikpeazu, while unveiling the Ishmael Ikpeazu Memorial Library, Sunday in Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State, explained that the library will house not less than 30,000 books.

According to him, it is not going to be about old books, but contemporary books.

Ikpeazu, who was visibly excited at the caliber of guests at the event, including Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Uchechukwu Ogah, minister of State for Mines and Steel Development, explained also that the management of the library, would be hosting leaders and achievers, who would be invited from time to time to talk to the young ones and redirect them positively.

Governor Hope Uzodinma, applauded the Ikpeazu’s for the noble course and promised the support of his family and the people of Imo State on the realization of the project.

He described Governor Ikpeazu, as a true believer of Igbo course, noting that he identifies with his developmental strides in Abia State.

Chinenye Nwaogu, a senior special assistant to Abia State Governor, who is one of the organisers of the event, explained that the proposed Ishmael Ikpeazu Memorial Library, will not just be a library of books, but a complete resource centre, where each visitor will literarily walk through the lives of simple yet determined people, whose lives leave great lessons on resilience, determination, faith, integrity, focus and success.

In his words, “This place will afford visitors, researchers, students a learning environment that will excite their curiosity, inspire their inner mind towards making conscious efforts to succeed against all odds.

“The Ishmael Ikpeazu Memorial Library is a centre of excellence set up by the Ikpeazu family to promote scholarship and inspire a new generation of determined and focused leaders.

‘It was conceptualized to preserve the legacy of the single-minded  pursuit of excellence, character molding, value for hard work and enterprise and upholding the tenets of faith and personal development.

The edifice is designed to have different features among which are-a main physical library that will be stocked with contemporary books on diverse spheres of academics, leadership and global developments.

“Upon completion, the place will become a real source of impact in this community and beyond”, he stated.