An Evaluation of Bring Back the Book Initiative of the Nigerian Government

K. N. Igwe, C. P. Uzuegbu


Over the years, poor reading culture has been an issue ravaging Nigeria’s educational system. This is attributed to many factors such as unavailability of libraries in primary and secondary schools, lack of qualified librarians in schools, absence of public libraries in rural areas, poor attitude of government to the issue, and many others. In other to address the challenge, President Goodluck Jonathan came up with Bring Back the Book initiative. However, an assessment of the objectives of the initiative and methods of its implementation shows that a lot of factors that would have served as forerunners and facilitate the success of the project were neglected. This paper therefore identified the factors and suggested result-oriented recommendations for the future direction of the initiative.


Bring back the book; Reading culture; Libraries; Nigeria

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