The Anambra State government has restated commitment to creating more enabling environment for students to access library services.
The Commissioner for Information and public Enlightenment Mr. C-Don Adinuba stated this during the opening ceremony of Conference of the National Librarian Chairmen and Directors of State library Boards in Nigeria.
This year’s conference organized by the Anambra State Library Board has its theme as “The Role of public libraries in achieving sustainable development goals” is targeted at promoting social development through different services provided by librarians.
Mr. Adinuba who said that in order to achieve this, the state government has built and equipped libraries everyone is proud of noted that the reason for equipping the libraries is for people to have access to latest publications in the world.
Urging librarians to take up roles that will bridge gaps in knowledge acquisition, the Vice Chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Professor Charles Esimone who was the Chairman on the occasion said the conference is aimed at building the capacity of Directors of public libraries in getting the necessary supports needed from their different state government.
Professor Esimone who was represented by Professor Nkechi Nwokoye of the Department of Igbo Language urged the people to know that public libraries are safe spaces for everyone in the community irrespective of age, status and beliefs.
The National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer, National Library of Nigeria, Professor Lanrie Aina at the conference charged librarians to be agents of change and community leaders through building stronger connections by being reflective of the realities in their communities.
In their various remarks the Commissioner For Housing and urban renewal Mr. Mike Okonkwo and the Managing Director Anambra State Signage and Advertisement Agency Chief Jude Emecheta said the conference will help to look at critical infrastructure, how to develop them, how to invest in it and still give the public the best information through the library and it’s structures.
While the Anambra State Library Director, Dr Nkechi Udenze said that one of the roles of library in achieving sustainable development goals is to increase access to information facilitated knowledge and growth in the society which is the primary need of the people.
Present at the opening ceremony were the Vice President, Nigeria Library Association Dr Uju Nwafor-Orizu, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Secondary Education Dr Paul Ifeanyi, and representatives from the thirty-six States of the country.