TETFund takes over the National Library project
The The federal government has approved the resumption of funding for the National Library project from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), which, according to the current assessment, required more than N50 billion to complete.
Speaking recently in Abuja, when the Nigerian Library Association (NLA) headed by its President, Professor Innocent Ekoga, paid a working visit to the ministry, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echono, said the critical step being taken by the government was to reposition library services in the Nigerian education sector for efficient service delivery.
Echono recalled that work on the National Library has been stalled for years due to insufficient funding, adding that efforts to get the private sector to complete the project have not yielded results.
Upon his nomination with an Association award, Echono said he was humbled and delighted to be honored by such a reputable association, describing the award as a great privilege for him.
The Permanent Secretary dedicated the prestigious award to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba, respectively.
Earlier in his remarks, Association President Professor Innocent Ekoga expressed his deep gratitude to the Buhari administration, saying the completion of the National Library would bring honor and pride to all Nigerian librarians and provide the essential reservoir for Nigerian researchers. , students and the general reading public.
He noted that the investiture of the Permanent Secretary Service Award was the highest honor ever bestowed on a non-librarian by the Association.
He also revealed that the nomination was the seventh of its kind by the Association in the past four decades.