Tuesday, June 11, 2013

NLA Calls on the Federal Government to Create Presidential Library Act

Alhaji Rilwanu Abdulsalami, National President of NLA
On June 11, 2013 at the opening ceremony of the 51st Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Library Association (NLA), the NLA President, Alhaji Rilwanu Abdulsalami called on the the Federal Government to urgently create a Presidential Library Act which will help preserve materials relating to every succeeding president for posterity. In addition, he called on President Goodluck Jonathan to appoint a Presidential Adviser on Library matters in order to bring issues concerning librarianship to fore in national discourse.

Dr. Victoria Okojie, CEO/Registrar of the Librarianship Registration Council (LRCN) while delivering her goodwill message, emphasized the efforts of the Council in achieving the Federal Government's Transformation Agenda. She also called on the Government to create the Presidential Library Act as a matter of urgency and to "bring back the Library". She presented four new publications by LRCN to the delegates.

Professor James Epoke, Vice Chancellor, University of Calabar, Calabar
The chairman of the occasion, Professor James Epoke, Vice-Chancellor, University of Calabar encouraged Librarian to build their capacities for the challenges of the future.

Professor (Ambassador) Okon E. Uya, Professor of History and International Studies,
University of Calabar, Calabar
The Keynote Speaker, Professor Uya, in his speech emphasized the usefulness of Libraries in building his career as an academic, diplomat and historian of note. Quoting authorities in the field, Library, according to him "is a school and the librarian is the teacher. Library is a layman's university. Library is an evergreen tree of knowledge" As a lover of libraries, everywhere he goes, his concern is to search for libraries in order to read because a brand new world is often opened to him. Because, according to him, "readers are leaders." He concluded that traditional libraries will still be needed and should be established in all our primary and secondary schools. Local government areas and municipalities must not be left behind.

Other goodwill speakers include Malam Habib Abba Jato, the CEO of the National Library of Nigeria and Dr. James Daniel, the President of the West African Library Association (WALA). They commended the Association in her bid to be relevant in the development of Nigeria.

Many Awards were conferred at the ceremony to the following eminent Nigerians: Senator Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River State, Chief Godfill Akpabio, Governor of Akwa Ibom, Sir Emeka Offor.

The Opening ceremony was spiced up with music, traditional and contemporary music and dance. A special choir comprising the Cross River State Chapter presented a welcome song to the delegates, while University of Calabar Band thrilled the participants with music and dance.

Cross River State Chapter Choir presenting their welcome song

Dancers thrilling the Delegates

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