Lagos- The Chairman, Nigeria Book Fair Trust (NBFT), Samuel Kolawole, on Thursday urged the Federal Government to remove tariff imposed on educational books imported into the country.
Kolawole made the appeal in Lagos on the sidelines of a news conference ahead of the 13th Nigeria International Book Fair (NIBF) scheduled for May 5 to May 10 at the University of Lagos.
He said that imposing tariff on imported books made them more expensive and less accessible to the average Nigerian.
Kolawole said the cost of printing books was cheaper outside the country and they were of better quality, which was why publishers in the country also did business in other countries.
Prof. Wole Soyinka, had on Wednesday also kicked against the imposition of tariff on books and urged the Federal Government to reconsider the issue
Soyinka, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the UNESCO World Book Capital in Port Harcourt, noted that the reconsideration was necessary in order to make the books more accessible to Nigerians.
Earlier at the press briefing, Kolawole told newsmen that the forthcoming book fair was a platform to improve literacy and book trade in the country.
He said that a stakeholders conference with the theme: "Emergence of E-Book and the Survival of Physical Books in Africa,’’ would hold during the week-long event.
According to him, the conference will focus on the influx of electronic learning materials to Africa and the implications of the trend on physical or printed books.
Kolawole said the fair was an avenue for interface amongst various stakeholders and served as a gateway to the Nigerian book market.
He said that publishers, booksellers and printers from America, Europe, Asia, other African countries would join those in the country to take part in the fair.
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