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Lagos to upgrade 21 school libraries

The Lagos State Government on Sunday said it had concluded plans to upgrade 21 secondary school libraries across all the six educational districts in the state.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh, said in a statement that the libraries would be upgraded by the end of this year.

Bank-Olemoh also announced the commencement of the State Digital Library project.

According to him, the state government’s Private-Public-Partnership initiative tagged: Adopt-A-Library, was geared toward transforming the state public libraries into modern, Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-enhanced knowledge centres.


He said the Ipaja public library had been upgraded, while the Ilupeju public library was recently upgraded by Custodian & Allied Insurance Company Limited.

The Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, is currently under renovation by Guaranty Trust Bank.
Bank-Olemoh said the libraries and ICT centres at Ireti and Falomo Secondary Schools were recently upgraded by ARM Pensions, while Citibank also upgraded the library facility at Government Senior Secondary School, Victoria Island.
He also the PricewaterhouseCoopers and Leadway Assurance had committed to adopting school libraries in Victoria Island and Surulere, respectively.
Bank-Olemoh said the digital library project was in line with the vision of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to provide unlimited access to knowledge for all, through the collection and curation of digital content through an online portal, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The portal, according to him, would be accessible via an internet connection on a range of devices including desktop computers to feature phones.
He said the content would include E-books on numerous topics, 1,600 videos covering English, Mathematics and Sciences for all classes and 2,000 study aids in key subject areas for secondary school subjects.

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