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Edo State public schools, others get e-library


• Anambra education secretary decries absence of modern libraries in schools
The Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) yesterday donated educational supplies worth several millions of naira to over 10 public schools in all NPDC host-communities (OML III) in Benin City, Edo State.

While appreciating the host communities for the continuous support and hitch free operations in the communities,

The firm’s General Manager, Community Relations and Security, Mr. Ugo Atugbokoh, represented by Managing Director, NPDC, Mr. Mansur Sambo, while appreciating the host-communities for the continuous support and hitch-free operations in the communities, pledged to sustain the initiative, which according to him, has positively impacted them.

He said that items donated include e-Library, tablets, science textbooks, notebooks, desks and chairs.


Meanwhile, Manager, Community Relations Department (CRD), Dahiru Abubakar, said that the presentation would improve the educational standards in all NPDC host-communities.

In another development, Anambra State Education Secretary, Lady Angela Orakwue, has lamented the absence of modern libraries in local councils for the young generation to read, research and consult materials.

Orakwue made the remark during the commissioning of modern equipped libraries in five schools in Idemili North Local Council of the state by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries.

The Secretary, who said that they had longed for libraries to improve reading culture in schools, lamented that there was no such facility in the area, stressing: “We don’t even have a library not to talk of standard one.

“We all here, the pupils, parents and teachers are overwhelmed with joy. I was even in the hospital up till this morning, but their coming made me get up from my sick bed and start coming.”

Orakwue, who thanked the organisation for its magnanimity, expressing optimism that it would further improve the reading habits of the students, pledged judicious use of the materials to ensure their durability, even as she enjoined pupils to make good use of the facility.

Earlier, Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Ego Mbagwu, said that the library was aimed at promoting education, which serves as a Store House for the impartation of knowledge.

Mbagwu, who noted that library plays an important role in students’ academic achievement because it facilitates the work of teachers and ensures that students have access to other materials outside the recommended textbooks to make them independent readers, said: “Part of our aim is to establish libraries in public schools to make materials available to pupils and students who cannot afford them.

“So far, we have established 19 oasis libraries serving 38 schools and 6,765 pupils in Lagos State. We extended our services to Anambra State where we set up 10 oasis libraries, serving 16 schools and 2,040 pupils.

“We have also established four DEAR their time libraries in Lagos State with 73 book boxes serving 1,025 pupils.”

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