NASU decries state of libraries, reading culture
The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) has decried the dilapidated state of some state libraries across the nation. It said most of them have been turned into museums for ancient books.
National Deputy President of the union, Obabunmi Sunday, regretted that ancient books now dominate facilities in the country.
He said: “The deplorable condition of our libraries cannot be over-emphasised, especially in state-owned libraries across the nation. Most of them have been turned into museums where ancient books and educational materials are kept for records purposes.
“Moreso, the buildings and the other facilities in the library boards are grossly dilapidated and not conducive for effective learning and research.”
He lamented that the development has not in any way encouraged the students to make use of the libraries. He added that lack of modern editions of books, computers and software programmes in the libraries could not advance the e-learning process, which is the acceptable standard in other countries of the world.
“No nation can advance in this era of globalisation which also affects modern technologies without investing on the research and reading culture of the children, acknowledging the fact that a child education is a long term investment for the nation.
“As stakeholders, we have continuously appealed to the Federal and state governments to see the need to rehabilitate and equip national and state libraries, and we hope that our plea will see the light of the day even in the prevailing situations of this present government.”
Meanwhile, the state chairman of the union, Abdullahi Tafida Bello commended the Bauchi State government for rectifying the issues of omission of salaries of NASU members. He, however, urged the state to implement leave grant, promotion and payment of omitted salaries to affected workers.
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