The National Policy on Education (1981) stipulates, as part of the goals of primary Education in Nigeria, “the inculcation of permanent literacy and numeracy and the provision of “basic tools for further educational advancement”. The policy (henceforth N.P.E.) has thus acknowledged, if only in principle, the significance of the primary level as the key to success or failure of the whole educational system. It has also demonstrated the necessary awareness of the crucial role of reading in the educational