Senate laments state of Nigerian libraries, passes Bill to amend National Library Act

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 16 November 2017 | 1,355 times

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The Senate has condemned the parlous state of Nigerian libraries and also passed the Bill to amend the National Library Act, which was read for the second time in the Upper Chamber on Wednesday.

Senator Biodun Olujimi sponsored the Bill.

Lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye, while reacting on the issue, said that the libraries have become a house for rodents and termites. He said: “Anyone who is going to our national library is going to read newspapers and magazines.”

He further added that it is misnomer and a misfit for a Director to be a Librarian and urged that the National library be moved from under the Ministry of Information to the Ministry of Education.

Also commenting on the issue, Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos West, stressed that the Bill should be given legal and legislative backing “that we can follow to compete with modern library system globally”.

The Bill was however referred to the Senate Committee on Education to do the needful on it.

The Senate President Bukola Saraki, while responding, thanked the sponsor of the bill, stating that the Federal Government must strengthen the education sector. He added that the society must continue to make a way to ensure going to higher institution easier for people.

Source: News Express

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