Nasarawa e-library: Time to activate services
- June 3, 2015
- Posted by: SHEHU IBRAHIM
- Category: News,
An excellent idea at the right time, was what researchers, students and literate computers engineers said when the contract for the construction of the 5 e-Libraries was awarded.
Nasarawa state in a rapid move to develop the educational sector today has a Federal University, a State Polytechnic and College of Agriculture, a School of Nursing all in the state capital, Lafia. Other institutions are the College of Education and a private polytechnic in Akwanga. There is also the state owned university and another school of health technology in Keffi. Are the existence of all these institutions to the detriment of the upgrading of other sectors and agencies both national and international all situated in the state? That is a question for another day.
But so far, in its 19 years of existence as a state, the e-library initiative by the current administration of Gov. Tanko Al-Makura is a visionary move..
Of course, it is not that there are no libraries in the state before now. There were, but they were under-stocked and in deplorable state, thus necessitating the introduction of an electronically fitted library to meet the best option in this era of globalization.
The concept took no time for its actualization which started in the same period the initiator, governor Al-Makura was seeking for a second term in office. Despite the pressure of electioneering campaign, he remained committed to ensuring that education in Nasarawa state is given the maximum priority. He awarded the contract and puts its supervision under Hon. Dr Salisu Raj. It was a job well done, one would say, as it is completed so that indigenes of the state will avail themselves of its benefits ahead of its commissioning.
But as beautifully designed and structured as the multimillion naira e-library is, none of the facility has being commissioned.
The Authority reports that from Lafia zone up to Akwanga and Keffi, the project even after completion is rather turning into a shadowy building seeking to be inhabited as there is no sign of any electronic device to activate the systems.
This problem is compelling intending library users and researchers within the state to seek solution elsewhere for materials that can be found within the state if the e-library were to have been commission.
The e-library, when commissioned and made functional could also increase the revenue base of the state and transform its economics.
Despite the challenges indicated, Nasarawa state under the administration of His Excellency, Governor Al-Makura has achieved a great degree of excellence in the education sector, when it declared a state of emergency on education. The opportunity the governor utilizes very well by renovating and upgrading of the some government owned secondary and tertiary institution in the state.
None the less, common sense dictates that the total completion and installing of the accessories inside the e-library will offer a holistic solution to academic issues.