- Students and researchers have been assured of the revitalisation of the Cross Rivers State Library.
- On Democracy Day, Governor Bassey Otu visited and inspected the dilapidated structure of the library.
- Governor Otu assured that the renovation of the library would meet up with global standards.
Cross River, Calabar - The governor of Cross River, Bassey Otu, has vowed to revitalise the State Library and digitalise it for students, researchers, and other users of the academic structure.
Governor Otu made this pledge on Monday, June 12, during a facility visit to the dilapidated library in Calabar, the state capital.
According to a statement by Emmanuel Ogbeche, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, he said:
“Libraries are important and we will ensure that we have an e-library that is functional, digital, and would serve the needs of students and researchers.
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“I am not unaware of the financial constraints we face as a state, but we will look at what is feasible as quickly as possible and work to get the library up and running as libraries as centres of knowledge are pivotal to growth and development.”
Governor Otu also noted that the revitalisation of the library would help foster the reading culture of students in the state.
At the inspection of the facility, the director of the Cross River State Library Services, Mrs Eme Awatt
Appeal for manpower development
Speaking during the inspection of the library complex, the director of Cross River State Library Services, Mrs Eme Awatt, lauded the governor for his visit.
“I am really pleased at this visit by the governor. This is what we have been praying for. T
here is hope that we could soon have a befitting and functional library with an e-section. We have computers locked up, and hopefully, they are still functional to be put to use.”
She also appealed to the governor to look beyond the physical rehabilitation of the library, noting that there is a need for human resources development to meet the modern global practice.
FG Approves Establishment of 37 New Private Universities in Nigeria as NUC Gives Them Licenses
In another development, National Universities Commission (NUC) has issued provisional licenses to 37 new private universities.
The Executive Secretary of NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, urged the proprietors not to expect any financial rewards from their investment in education.
Rasheed disclosed that the 37 universities were approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on May 15.