Refurbished library will enhance reading culture
Barely three months after it was closed to the public for the purposes of renovation and upgrading to an e-library, the Ilupeju Public Library recently reopened for public use.
The Lagos State government has expressed the belief that reopening the facility, which was shut February 8, 2016, would promote reading culture among students and the general public.
Speaking at the event, Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, reiterated the commitment of the state government to enhance education and encourage reading culture among students in the state.
He added that the library, which was upgraded through Public Private Partnership (PPP), with Custodian and Allied Insurance Plc, will contribute immensely to the intellectual wellbeing of students as well as other professionals.
In his remark, chieftain of Custodian Allied Insurance, Mr. Oluwole Oshin, said the library is currently equipped with 83, 000 electronic textbooks, available to students and over 10 million academic articles from 1, 000 top publishers in the world with additional text books.
Oshin commended the efforts of the state government for enabling the Custodian Group partner in it in the development of the community by face-lifting such a useful amenity for the services of scholars.
In his contribution, the Director of Lagos State Library Board, Mr. Tajudeen Lawal, wished that all 12 public libraries in the state were upgraded as that of Ilupeju.
“Like Oliver Twist, we would like Custodian Group to replicate what they have done at the Ilupeju Library in other public libraries in the state.”
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