Written by Godfrey AKON

FG tasks varsities, others on e-libraries

The Federal Government has urged universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the country to deploy e-library services to ease access to academic resources.






Speaking at a weekend press briefing recently in Abuja, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, described library services in the education sector asindispensable components for teaching and learning processes.

Adamu expressed belief that e-Libraries and e-Books will flush away sales of handouts in all tertiary institutions by 2023, adding that Library Apps on mobile phones held by students will be more cost effective.

“The tertiary institutions are expected to deploy functional e-Libraries and embrace e-Books. It is our firm belief that e-Libraries and e-Books will flush away sales of handouts in the school systems. For instance, Library Apps on mobile phones held by students will be more cost effective,” he said.

According to the minister, the Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria, LRCN, has successfully crafted the necessary instrument needed to regulate the Nigerian library and information science sector, adding that a total of 5,829 were currently registered across the country.

“It has also developed a strategic plan which it reviews from time to time to make it responsive to the needs of the sector.  The council has also been conducting induction of qualified Librarians every year.

“The Council has also developed Guidelines and Standards for different categories of libraries including the academic libraries. These standards are effective tools for regulating the library sector,” he said.

Speaking further, the minister noted that between 2015 and 2019, the government spent the sum of N7.5 billion on institutional based research support services and 178.3 million on academic research journals.

He said “On the whole, Government investment in capacity building (Manpower development) in tertiary institutions under the Buhari administration from TETFund alone amounts to one hundred and nine billion, seven hundred and ninety one million, sixty four thousand, seven hundred and fifteen naira thirty eight kobo (N109, 791,064,715.38) in the last four years.”













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