House of Reps Tells FG to Construct E-Libraries in LGAs

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In the quest to provide better education and increase the literacy level in the country, the House of Representatives has urged the Federal Government to establish functional Libraries and e-libraries across the 774 Local Government Areas of the Federation.

The resolution was arrived at sequel to the adoption of a motion jointly sponsored by Hon. Jesse Okey-Joe Onuakalusi and eight people. In his lead debate, Hon. Onuakalusi said that Libraries are vital catalysts for intellectual growth, education, and societal progress, and that many local governments lack functional libraries in their communities.

“The House also notes that the establishment of functional libraries at the local government levels will enhance literacy rates and educational opportunities; it will also provide access to a diverse range of books, educational resources, and learning materials: enabling children, youth and adults to develop their reading skills, expand their knowledge, and pursue lifelong learning.

“The House is aware that local libraries will provide essential information, empowering individuals to make informed decisions, develop critical thinking skills, and promote cultural exchange, social cohesion, and engagement through educational programs, workshops, events, and cultural celebrations: fostering a sense of belonging and unity.

“The House is informed that functional libraries can bridge the digital divide by offering computers, internet connectivity, and digital literacy training, enhancing digital skills, online resources, and employability prospects.

“The House is also aware that establishing functional libraries requires a suitable infrastructure, including buildings, furniture and necessary equipment. The need for Local governments to collaborate with educational institutions and utilise existing facilities or consider repurposing community spaces to minimise costs.

“The House is convinced that the establishment of active functional libraries in all 774 Local government areas in Nigeria will contribute to the overall development of the nation.

“The House is further aware that Nigerians’ reading culture is low, and functional libraries can reshape reading habits and enhance the agricultural revolution. These libraries provide practical information and pedagogic knowledge on farming and farm implementations,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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