Ogun State government has promised to assist the National Library in the construction of its modern complex in the State.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Modupe Mujota gave the assurance while receiving the National Librarian, Professor Henry Olatokunbo Ayeni, who was on a courtesy call to her office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta,
The Commissioner, who acknowledged the importance of library service in the education sector, said the portion of land, as requested by the Library boss for the project, which would sit on a ten plots of land, could only be made available on the outskirts of the State capital.
She explained that government could make such location available at Kobape road, beside the new Judiciary complex, opposite President Mohammadu Buhari Estate, saying the choice of the area was due to the fact that getting such large expanse of land in the city centre, would not be an easy task as a result of development.
The Commissioner added that the proposed location being a choice area, would be ideal for siting of the proposed library complex and would attract patronage just as the serenity of the environment would be conducive enough and far away from the hustling and bustling of the city centre.
Mrs. Mujota advised her visitors to forward a formal letter of the request to the Governor through her office, with prototype plan and other documents that might fast-track its approval.
On the provision of alternative library, she asked the State Director of Library Services to look inwards and provide space for the National Library within the Simeon Adebo Library at Kuto, Abeokuta.
Earlier in his opening remarks, Prof. Ayeni disclosed that, there are 25 National Library branches in the country, with none in Ogun State as the building currently being used by the organisation in Abeokuta was donated by a community based organisation in 1986, noting that, the location was in an obscure area, not easily accessible by students and other members of the public.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Sefiu Rasheed, applauded the passion of the National Librarian at getting a State-of-the art library complex in the State, pledging that the Ministry would do the needful for the dream to become reality.