Akin Akande, Abuja
The Federal Government said on Wednesday that over N18.3 billion was spent on library development projects as well as procurement of instructional materials in 2012.
The minister made the disclosure in Abuja, at the fourth induction ceremony for 603 certified members of the Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN).
This amount, according to the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai, covered projects executed in the basic and tertiary education sectors.
It included the construction of 72 new libraries and information centres in the federal unity colleges at a cost of N5.9billion in the first phase, release of N1.4billion by TETFund for book development programme in Universities among others.
Also a total cost of N200million has been earmarked by government for the construction of micro-teaching laboratories in all federal colleges of education, totaling N11.6billion.
Meanwhile, the Registrar, Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria, Victoria Okojie, said the council was proposing a new benchmark and minimum standard for academic, public and school libraries to promote professionalism in the system.
She said a total of 3,264 registered librarians have been inducted and injected into the Nigerian academic system in the last four years.