Nigeria spent over N18bn on library development projects in 2012- Minister

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The Education Minister stated this on Tuesday.

The Federal Government spent over N18.3 billion in the development of library projects and procurement of instructional materials in 2012.

The Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, made this known on Tuesday at the fourth induction ceremony for 603 certified members of the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) in Abuja.

Ms. Rufa’i said the funds cut across projects executed in the basic and tertiary education sectors.

She listed the projects executed to include 72 new libraries and information centres in federal unity colleges at a cost of N5.9 billion. She added that N1.4 billion was released by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) for books development programme in universities, among others.

“Government is also targeting the 2014 centenary year commemoration to commission the national library project which is still under construction in Abuja,’’ she said.

Ms. Rufa’i also said that a total of N11.6 billion was earmarked by government for the construction of micro-teaching laboratories in all federal colleges of education.

The Registrar of the LRCN, Victoria Okojie, said the council was proposing a new benchmark and minimum standard for academic, public and school libraries to promote professionalism in the system.

Mr. Okojie said a total of 3,264 registered librarians had been inducted and injected into the Nigerian academic system in the last four years.

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