Governor Godwin Obaseki has appointed the Librarian of Benson Idahosa University, Mrs. Grace Sanni, as the head of the Edo State Library Joint Revival Implementation Committee. The inauguration is in line with the Governor’s promise to revamp the State’s library system.
Tasking the committee members at the Edo State Government House in Benin City, where he inaugurated the committee, the Governor reiterated that his administration is poised to revamp public libraries and key into e-library services, which was the contemporary international standard.
On the management of the Committee, Governor Obaseki disclosed that the Chief of Staff, Mr. Taiwo Akerele, would coordinate it, while the members would submit a report on the terms of reference within a four-week period.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Committee head, Mrs. Grace Sanni, commended the Governor for his interest in upgrading the State’s library to world standards, noting that constituting the board was a step in the right direction. She said members would adhere to the terms of reference given to them adding that a good library would facilitate an informed society, which would also promote development.
Mrs. Sanni is to head the committee in reviving the state of public libraries in the State, recommending ways of reviving reading culture among students and youths, suggesting possible public private partnerships in the library sector, maintaining library infrastructures across the state, suggesting the best ways of archiving government books, documents and historical materials, considering e-learning opportunities in the library sector, and helping to establish and manage a public library in the state’s government house.