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Librarians want estate owners compelled to build library

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Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) is seeking legislative backing for a policy that would mandate all housing estate owners housing over 500 tenants to establish a library in their domain.


Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of LRCN, Prof. Michael Afolabi, who stated this yesterday in Abeokuta, said the Council would engage relevant stakeholders to make it a reality.


Afolabi spoke at the opening of a five-day LRCN workshop on “Entrepreneurship in Librarianship Nigeria” held at the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta.


He also advocated for establishment of libraries and Information centres in all the 774 local government areas in the country.


This, he noted, would help widen the knowledge of the people, especially the students’ reading culture.


“Asides boosting reading culture, this will provide robust opportunity for job creation, entrepreneurial and consultancy services for the library professionals in the country,” he said.


Afolabi said entrepreneurial development is a catalyst for economic, social and industrial development, urging the government to support entrepreneurs in the country.


“People are now willing to be creative and innovative and to identify, establish and run their own ventures instead of waiting for government alone to provide jobs for everybody. This clearly points to the fact that entrepreneurial development is a catalyst for economic, social and industrial development.


“Entrepreneurship has been a powerful engine of economic growth and wealth creation, and is crucial for improving the quality, number and verity of employment opportunities for the people.”


He said the workshop “was put together to be a veritable platform for discussions about how Liberians will take advantage of recent advances in the information and communication technology sector to enhance innovation and creativity.”


Provost of the College, Dr. Ayodele Ajayi, in his remarks, urged the people to embrace entrepreneurship, saying “government cannot do it alone.”


Represented by his Deputy, Dr. R. A. Shoyemi, Ajayi said the college which was the first tertiary institution to engage in entrepreneurship with a view to improving the Internationally Generated Revenue (IGR).




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