YENAGOA—THE Federal Government has released funds for the commencement of construction works at the abandoned National Library Project in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital.
National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, Professor Lenrie Aina, made the disclosure during this year’s Forum of Chairmen and Directors of State Library, held in Yenagoa. Prof Aina attributed the abandonment of the project to lack of funds. On the theme of this year’s conference, ‘Public Library Services for Effective Information Delivery: The Key for National Development,” the national librarian pointed out that the country needs to be re-informed on the place of public libraries in nation building and the deployment of emerging technologies to public library services.
He said: “I wish to intimate you that the National Library of Nigeria is willing to cooperate and collaborate with the Bayelsa State Government to see the entrenchment of flourishing library services. I am pleased to inform you that very soon, you will see the presence of National Library of Nigeria in Bayelsa State.
“The Federal Government has released the sum of N50m to mobilize a contractor to site for the construction of a branch of the National Library in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State Capital, to complement the state government’s efforts in boosting the sector,” he added. In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Education, Mr Felix Odubo, who represented Governor Seriake Dickson on the occasion said the State Library Board enjoys the support of the state government, adding that there are plans to ensure that every local government headquarters and tertiary institutions in the state has a standard public library.