The Ogun State Head of Service (HOS), Tolu Amope Chokor has emphasized the diverse roles of Library in the social, economic, education and cultural growth of the nation saying that the sector must be given the necessary attention.
Tpl Amope Chokor stated this while declaring open a three-day workshop for Librarians, with the theme, ‘Repositioning Public Library in Ogun State for Effective Service Delivery.
The event that took place at Green Legacy Annex, Obasanjo Hilltop, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
was facilitated by Library Board, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Bureau of Service Matters, Mr. Kolawole Fagbohun, the HoS highlighted the importance of the library, pointing out that, as a gateway to knowledge, the public library ensures that all kinds of knowledge and information were readily accessible to enrich the lives of the people.
She restated the government’s commitment to improving the standard of libraries in the State, saying the library opens the door to education and opportunities, as well as providing needed information in decision making.
In her speech, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, (MOES&T), Mrs. Abosede Ogunleye, lamented that public libraries in the country were battling to remain relevant in the face of various challenges confronting them.
Mrs Ogunleye gave such problems to include the collapse of infrastructure and the advent of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), whereby people rely on the Internet for research and information alone.
She noted that it was necessary to take proactive steps in reforming its operations for improved standard, to enable the sector to compete favourably with its counterparts in developed countries.
According to her, ‘the poor attitude towards reading by our people has grossly affected Library Services; now libraries are struggling to keep up with the many changes in technology’.
Facilitators of the workshop said the anticipated resuscitation would be in phases, which include; renovation of the library, replacement of obsolete equipment and books, the establishment of more libraries in the State, balanced with a user-friendly setup.
Source: New Nigerian Newspapers