National library to get N15 billion facelift

By Opeyemi Babalola

Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) on Saturday disclosed that it has set aside the first tranche of N15 Billion to fast-track the commencement of the National Library construction in the country.

Executive Secretary of TETFund, Arc Sonny Echono, who disclosed this in Abuja after receiving in audience, the Executive Members of Nigerian Library Association led by its President, Professor Innocent Akocha, in his office, noted that the TETfund had put all plans in place for the completion of the National Library building, adding that the Fund has conveyed its readiness to provide the funds to the ministry as soon as the Federal Executive Council assents to it.

“On our own part, we have set aside the first tranche of about 15 billion already in our coffers to be deployed as soon as the approval from the reversed cost is granted by the Federal Executive Council”, he further explained.

He emphasized the importance of library, saying, “for us in the tertiary education, library is where learning takes place, including research, teaching materials and resources that students access to improve themselves are all deposited for record purposes.  Library is usually the center of any academic institution.”

The Executive Secretary commended the Association for its tenacity in ensuring that library is given adequate recognition in the national affairs and also for the various programmes the Association organizes to promote literacy and reading culture in Nigeria.

While responding to the association’s request on the upward review of funds, Arc Echono further stated that, “when the new Board of Trustees of TETFund is appointed, we will look at your request and see how we reflect the convergence, as this is an area, we are trying to accord higher priority.  I believe this will translate into a direct increase of funding for libraries”.

He reiterated that every academic institution must update their subscriptions to identify resources that would keep students at the cutting-edge, noting more often, individual students have more current journals than the departments or the institution, an anomaly, which must change as the nation moves to embrace knowledge-driven society.

In his remarks, Prof. Akocha eulogized the virtues of Arc Echono and expressed a strong belief that he will bring his wealth of experience to bear in his new assignment as the TETFund Chief Executive.

He appreciated the Fund’s intervention activities, saying, “when it comes to Tertiary Education in this Country, TETFund has been doing very well for us and we want to say thank you.”

He further appealed to the Arc Echono to use his position to push for an upward review of the library intervention to beneficiary Institutions.

 Executive Members of the Nigerian Library Association at the office of the TETFund boss, Arc Sonny Echono in Abuja.

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