person_pin Okey Onwuka
query_builder November 14, 2019 16:18:10


By John Ndu :


Ogidi (Idemili North LGA), Oct. 14, 2016 (MOI) Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Library has donated not less than 2,000 boxes containing books to students of Anglican Girls Secondary School, Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area (LGA), Anambra State.

The boxes named `Drop Everything and Read’, is geared at making reading materials available for the students, who could not afford to purchase them.


It was gathered that the Library tagged `DEAR Time Libraries’ were set up for secondary school students, to help them to develop reading habit through proximity to DEAR Time Box.


Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries, Ms Ego Mbagwu, noted that the reason why the library was established was to promote education.


Mbagwu said the importance of school library could not be over emphasised, as it served as store house for imparting knowledge. 


She stressed that libraries played important roles in students' academic achievement, as it helped the work of teachers.

``It ensures that students have access to other materials outside recommended texts to make them independent readers.’’


The CEO adds: ``part of our aim is to establish libraries in public schools, making materials available to pupils and students, who cannot afford them.


``The boxes which comprise literature books, textbooks and resource books are placed in each class, at designated periods, requiring students to drop everything they are doing, pick up a book and read.’’


Mbagwu explained that the Library was non-governmental organisation founded in 1999.


``Its vision is for everyone to educate themselves by providing free channels through which Nigerians can access information and learning tools, to acquire knowledge. 


``We make all these possible by providing the platform called library. We have established 19 Oasis libraries, serving 38 schools and 6,765 pupils in Lagos State.


``We extended our services to Anambra, where we set up 10 Oasis libraries, serving 16 schools and 2,040 pupils.  


``We have also established 4 DEAR time libraries in Lagos State with 73 book boxes serving 1,025 pupils.


``We established libraries in all prisons in Lagos State and launched prison libraries in Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Ogun and Osun States respectively. 


``In July this year, we inaugurated five prison libraries in Delta State, making it a total of 14 prison libraries serving 15,999 inmates.


``This agency has been in operation since the past 20 years, promoting self-education still bones with encouragement and appreciation from you,’’ Mbagwu noted.

In an address, Principal, Anglican Girls Secondary School Ogidi, Dr Lizzy Okeke promised to ensure maximum utilisation of the library, as it would improve reading standard among students.


Principal Nkpor Technical College, Nkpor, Mr Gabriel Nwosu noted that his school was one of the beneficiaries of the Zaccheus Onumba. (MOI)