Publishing Director of Learn Africa, Lagos, Mr. Gbola Aiyedun, has said the solution to the problem of educational book publishing is the creation of e-books.
Aiyedun, while informing our correspondent about some of Learn Africa’s new books said, digitals books would be more affordable for teachers and learners.
He said, “One main solution is to embrace e-learning/e-books, such that digital books can be made available to learners and teachers at more affordable rates and on accessible platforms.”
He explained that piracy, the non-availability of a functional paper mill in the country, a consistent increase in the exchange rate of the naira to other international currencies are some of the challenges to educational publishing in Nigeria.
Aiyedun added that congestion at the ports, low local printing capacity, educational curriculum policy somersault, and infrastructural deficiencies were some other challenges.
The new books were Learn Africa Student’s English Dictionary, Learn Africa Dictionary, Business Policy & Strategy, An Introduction to Financial Accounting, Research Methodology in the Behavioural Sciences and Industrial Relations in Nigeria.
“The main challenge of educational publishing in Nigeria is piracy. Educational books are heavily pirated and the cartel pirating has become so powerful and they have gone international because they printing materials from the far East.
“Piracy can only be effectively fought by the government and its agencies responsible for combating such criminal acts. The National Copyright Commission should be strengthened to perform its constitutional roles. Other agencies like the Police, Customs, SON, should be educated on their roles in fighting this menace. Above all, a political will is required to eradicate book piracy and theft of other intellectual property rights.
“Other challenges are as a result of the rot we are experiencing in most aspects of the Nigerian life. They could be corrected once issues like power, industrialisation, and the need to provide quality education are fixed,” he said.