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“For Nigeria to be a leading nation, she must be a reading nation” ~Pastor Dominic Omokaro

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…As Nigeria Library Association holds her National Conference in PH

By Onyeche Igwe

President and Chairman of Council, Nigeria Library Association (NLA), Pastor Dominic Omokaro, has said that for Nigeria to be a leading nation, she must be a reading nation and that it is only in knowledge that we can get rid of ignorance. He added that if one is not reading, he or she is dying.

Pastor Omokaro made these statements in a Press Conference at the 62nd National Conference and Annual General Meeting tagged “Garden City 2024” in Port Harcourt, with the theme: Promotion Diversity and Inclusiveness through Innovative Library and Information Service Delivery in Nigeria.

The President of NLA also welcomed members, publishers, booksellers and friends to the epoch-making event. He said that the Nigeria Library Association was established 62 years ago as an offshoot of the West Africa library Association.

“This theme tries to underscore our commitment to fostering a library and information service sector that is accessible, inclusive and reflective of the diverse communities we serve.

“Our objectives are to promote diversity and inclusiveness, Innovative service delivery and professional development. Our aim is to highlight and address the diversity of our population, ensuring that services are inclusive and equitable to all. We believe that library should be welcoming places that carter for everyone, regardless of our background or ability or socio-economic status.”

The President of NLA called on the government to look at the library policies particularly as it affects the library and information sector in Nigeria. He noted that government is not showing much interest in librarianship, despite their advocacy and that Librarianship helps to build the manpower they need.

He urged the government to identify with NLA and promote the advancement in librarianship, adding that government should make efforts to consider funding Librarian Registration Council that will play major roles in the economic development of the nation. He said that it is only in knowledge that the nation can get rid of ignorance.

“We want government bodies, educational institutions, private sectors to partner with us in our mission by working together so that we can create a library and information services that truly reflects the rich diversity of our nation and meet the need of our individuals.

“We are confident that this conference will be able to inspire and empower us and also lay the ground work for more inclusive and innovative library sector in Nigeria.

“If you are not reading, you are dying. It is only readers that are leaders. And for Nigeria to be a leading nation, she must be a reading nation. This is the essence of library and information services. If you don’t empower the people through it, your economy will be affected,” He added.

The Conference which started on July 7th will end on the 12th July, 2024. The Keynote Speaker for the conference is Proff. Olumide Babatope Longe, the pioneer Vice Chancellor of West Midland Open University in Lagos.

Present at the Press Conference were: Proff. Helen Emasealu, University of Port Harcourt Librarian; Dr. Chidaka Okachukwu Nyemezu, the Chairman of Nigeria Library Association, Rivers State Chapter and Dr. Ogochukwu T. Emiri, Associate Professor, Library and Information Science, National Secretary of the Council.

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