An alumnus of the University of Calabar, Mr. Ekom Itauma Monday donated textbooks worth over N5 million to the Department of English and Literary Studies as his contribution to the University.
Itauma, who is the Managing Director of Alrange Limited (Books and Library Consultants), stated that the idea behind the donation was to give back to society after many years of graduation.
He said he feels obliged to donate the books to the department for the upcoming generations adding that his company will be doing it from time to time.
“Hoping that this will bring a more robust relationship with the department and my company and the university community in general.
“Most of the books here are for references and it costs about N5.3 million, ” he disclosed.
He enjoined Students of the department to take advantage of the books to improve on their academics especially on English and Literary studies.
In his response, Prof. Francis Mogu, who spoke on behalf of the department, described the gesture as a worthy exercise.
Mogu said the best legacy to hand over to a child is to give him/her books, adding that, one of the greatest problems facing education in Nigeria was lack of reading materials which invariably affects reading culture.
“Our children today have taken to internet and reading culture has been relegated to nothing, so, it is interesting to see somebody trying to revive the situation.
“If students cultivate the habit of reading, their future will be brighter. We appreciate this innovation and on behalf of the department I thank you so much, ” Mogu stated.
Similarly, Dr Nkoyo Edem, Deputy Chief Librarian of the University, advised other alumni of the Institution to emulate such gesture for the development of the school.
“We are encouraging other alumni of this university to come in from time to time and do things like this for the development of their Alma Mata”. Edem advised both students and researchers to make good use of the books to serve the purpose they are meant for.