The sustainable development of every aspects of life is connected to our reading culture, according to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs) Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, said, “Librarians made us who we are today”
The SSAP-SDGs made this remarks when the Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Library Registration Council of Nigeria (LCRN) paid her courtesy visit in her office.
Princess Adejoke Said, Library has played vital role in building human mindset, being the basis for our economic, political social and cultural development. She congratulates the LCRN for the improvement in reading culture amongst Nigerians and asked that the tempo be improved and sustained as the archival materials for posterity.
The SSAP hopes to collaborate with the LCRCN to enhance reading culture amongst children and students in schools. Mrs. Adefuliere was represented by the Secretary of Programme (SoP) SDGs Mr. Waziri Laminu.
Earlier the Registrar LRCN Dr. Victoria Okojie congratulates the SSAP on her appointment, and pointed out that, their visit is to seek for synergy with the office on how well to use the over 316 public libraries in Nigeria to disseminate SDGs information to the public.
She said, achieving goals 5, 9, and 16 target 10 of the SDGs is through libraries which focus on public access to information. She pointed out that, in Nigeria, over forty million people get access to information through the 316 public and other libraries to improve on their daily lives
Dr. Okojie said, Nigeria has good cultural heritage that can be offered to the world, adding that they are working on equipping the public libraries in Nigeria and to train librarians to ensure that, they add value to national development. She pointed that they have visited over 100 government libraries to train them on the modules of the use of e-library.
Also, she said that, they are seeking for synergy with the OSSAP-SDGs to get and deploy tablets to schools for the purposes of improving reading skills and enhance ICT, this she confessed, has been proved to be successful in Ghana, Uganda, Liberia and Rwanda which was done in collaboration with “Worldreader”.