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The Dearth of Reading Culture among Nigerian University Students: A Case Study of Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa-State, Nigeria.

The aim of this paper is to examine the reasons for the dearth in reading culture among Nigerian University students and its implication in Nigerian society.
The design for this study is descriptive survey which utilizes questionnaire to collect data. Table and simple percentage were adopted in the data analysis.
The results of the finding revealed that inadequate library facilities and awareness, laziness and procrastination, over accessibility to electronic resources, reliance on examination malpractice among other are the problems associated with dearth of reading culture among Nigerian university students. It was also revealed that poverty and poor economic background contributed a lot to the persistent dearth in reading culture of the students here in FUO. It concluded by giving recommendations toward the improvement of reading culture among students in Nigerian institutions.
The study will inform librarians, information scientists, publishers, teachers, educational administrators at all levels in Nigeria and other developing countries who want the reading culture that has been dearth among their institutions to be revived back so that quality human resources needed for economy growth could be guaranteed.
The paper described the dearth in reading culture among students of Federal University Otuoke Bayelsa –State. The findings may be of help to students at various levels, librarians, publishers, education administrators at all levels, who want the dearth of reading culture among Nigerian students to be a thing of the past.

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