From Agabus Pwanagba, Jos
Determined to promote reading culture among children, the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) Plateau State Chapter is to establish ANA readers club in schools within the state.
This was disclosed by the newly elected chairman of the association, Kavwam Stanley Augustine, while addressing journalists after his inauguration in Jos, the Plateau State’s capital.
Augustine said the task of the new Executives is to reposition the association for greater impact and to help steer the affairs of the body for the next two years.
He promised to uphold the constitution and initiate programmes that will change the intellectual content of ANA Plateau and leave indelible marks in the sands of time.
The Guest Speaker at the event, Dr. Edwin Ringkwat, who presented a paper titled: “Creativity and Youth participation in Leadership”, stressed the need for youth to acquire knowledge, exposure and experience to be able to impact positively on the society.
Ringkwat said, “For writers to make meaningful impact on society, they need capacity which cannot be achieved without knowledge”.
The outgoing chairman of ANA in the state, Mr. Mathew Iorlaha Mzega charged the new Exco to take the association to the next level through readers club.
Mzega said creating such clubs will help the country become a viable nation, saying “education is the strongest weapon to transform the society”.
Other newly inaugurated Executives are Onotu David as Vice Chairman, Joseph Liman as Secretary General, Wazani Ijarafu as Assistant Secretary General, Barr Friday Goshi Bonlu as Legal Adviser, Sylvia Ohieari as Treasurer, Muleyit Gomwalk as Financial Secretary and Stephen Rwang Pam as Public Relations Officer.