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By Obianuju Umeh 

Awka, Dec.1, 2020 (MOI) Anambra State Government says plans are in motion to enhance and provide digital literacy in Anambra. 

Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Mr C Don Adinuba said this during a 2-Day Conference of Chairmen, Directors of State Library Boards and National Librarian in Awka.  

Adinuba observed that being digitally literate would provide access to modern books and journals in the library, using telephones and computers including laptops. 

He condemned the actions of some people, who only visit libraries during scholarly examinations. 

Adinuba emphasised on the need to pay adequate attention to the library development across the country. 

The conference, which was held at the Prof. Kenneth Dike State Central e-library, has a theme: “The Roles of Public Libraries In Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)’’. 

The Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Charles Esimone, described the theme as timely, emphasising that it was important for libraries to achieve the SDGs. 

Esimone, who was represented by Prof. Chinyere Nwokoye of the Department of Linguistics, Unizik, condemned the habit of some students, who visit libraries only when given assignments.  

He urged them to make the library and reading, a part of their lifestyle. 

Earlier, National librarian, Prof. Lenrie Aina said the aim of the conference was to mould capable Directors in public libraries who are at the helm of affairs in driving the services of their libraries. 

Prof. Aina noted that the focal point of the Conference was on the sustainable development goals set up in 2015 by World leaders to address development challenges to be achieved by 2030. 

The Director, Anambra State Library Services, Dr Nkechi Udeze affirmed the role of the library in providing access to information. 

She pleaded with the directors to take literacy campaigns to communities. 

Udeze noted that poor funding, inadequate access to information and resources, non release of capital budget to facilitate maintenance of public libraries were challenges facing public libraries in the country. 

Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Mr Mike Okonkwo hinted on the importance of libraries in the development of a nation.   He reassured of government readiness in reviving and upgrading all the community libraries in the state. (MOI)
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