Senate Laments State Of Nigerian Libraries, Passes Bill To Amend National Library Act

Senate Laments State Of Nigerian Libraries, Passes Bill To Amend National Library Act
November 15 14:26 2017 Print This Article

By Joel Ayobami, Abuja

Nigerian Senate has expressed displeasure over the parlous state of Nigerian libraries and consequently passed a Bill to amend the National Library Act.

The Bill, which was read for the second time in the upper chamber was sponsored by Senator Biodun Olujimi, during  Plenary, on Wednesday.

Lawmaker representing Kogi West, Senator Dino Melaye, while contributing to the debate said that the libraries have become a house for rodents and termites saying that “anyone who is going to our national library is going to read newspapers and magazines”.

He said it was a misnomer and a misfit for a director to be the nation’s librarian and therefore urged the Federal Government to move the National library from the ministry of information to the ministry of education.

Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos West, in his own contribution said 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 for further action.

The Senate President Bukola Saraki, while responding, thanked the sponsor of the bill and therefore challened the Federal Government to strengthen the education sector.

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