Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Chairman Breaks Kolanut at the Opening Session

Professor Boniface Egboka, Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikwe University represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics led the participants in breaking of the Kolanut. Then, he delivered his speech. He stated that he had an experience working in library at the early part of his life. He emphasized that "the Nigerian Library Association sholuld embark on an aggressive readership promotion campaign and also pressurize the appropriate education authorities in this country to address this issue."

The President of NLA, Prof. L. O. Aina while welcoming participants and guests noted that States has produced great sons like Chief Nnamdi Azikwe. He commended the President of Nigeria and the National Assembly for the passage into law the FOI Act. According to him, "In order to educate Librarians, we have devoted our pre-conference seminar to the topic." He also noted that the Readership promotion initiative of the President of Nigeria - "Bring back the Book".

NLA President -Professor L. O. Aina
The Keynote Speaker - Prof. Godwin Onu, Rector, Federal Polytechnic Awka stated that libraries remain the central organ of academic is a known fact. He challenged Librarians must move outside of the library and advocate for support for quality services to all.

There were also cultural dances, Good will messages from friends of the Association, welcome songs from students of Oko Polytechnic Library School.

The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi represented by the Commisioner of Information, Mr. Maja Amichi. The Governor said that he established an e-Library after refurbishing the only public library in the State.

Library Department students of Federal Polytechnic Oko
presenting a beautiful song at the opening ceremony.

Anambra Chapter celebrating the conference

Dr. Daniel, former NLA President partaking in the Kola breaking
ceremony. On his right and behind are Professors Ajibero and
Mabawonku respectively

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