*solicits Oyo State Govt, Gov Makinde’s support for NLA
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Chairman of Nigerian Library Association (NLA) , Mr Adekoya Osunkoya on Friday said the association is committed into reviving reading culture among Nigerians.
Mr Osunkoya stated this while addressing journalists on this year’s National Library Week, Conference and Annual General Meeting with the theme “Library and Information Services During and After COVID-19 Pandemic”, held at the National Library of Nigeria, Iyaganku, Ibadan.
The NLA Chairman pointed out that the association among other things also provides support in the development and maintenance of standard for education and certification of librarians, archivists, and information scientists, as well as pursuing the establishment and implementation of standard policies for libraries in Nigeria.
“The Nigerian Library Association is a professional body of librarians, archivists and information scientists in Oyo State and Nigeria at large. It is an Association that aims at pursuing the establishment and development of libraries, information and resource centres, especially in public, community and school environments”, he said.
Mr Osunkoya added that the ” press conference is aimed at creating awareness for the association and librarianship profession”.
On the theme of this year’s National Library week, the Oyo state NLA Chairman said COVID-19 ” pandemic is dramatically impacting livelihoods, particularly because 70% of people in Africa, especially in Nigeria are working in the informal sector”.
“With a slow-down in economic growth related to COVID-19.Librarians are encouraging a context-specific, risk-based approach, with adjustments to facilitate physical distancing, improve access to hand washing facilities, strengthen hygiene practices, and promote the use of masks over the mouth and nose in the library.”
Mr Osunkoya maintained that Librarians were part of a door-to-door campaign, sharing information on COVID-19. Activities like this help people to understand how they can better protect themselves and others, as well as combating misinformation around the pandemic.”
He however solicited the assistance of Oyo state government to the association considering its meaningful contributions to the state and the society at large, saying, “it may interest you to know that the Nigerian Library Association is the only professional association that does not have her own permanent building as secretariat and bus,”
” We implore our amiable governor, His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde to come to our aids in these aspects. We need his help in the allocation of a piece of land and bus. We can be supported with donations of physical facilities like building, and donation of bus to ease our movement around the state”
Commenting on some of the activities of the association in the past years.”, the NLA Chairman said, “we have successfully accomplished the following:Organising seminars and conferences for our members to broaden their knowledge and to keep them abreast of current information in the profession”
“Webinar conference was organised for our members in September, 2020 on how to effectively render library services during and after COVID-19 Pandemic. Giving awards to deserving members.Giving our members useful and timely information. Enlightening our clientele on how to protect themselves during this trying period.
“Rendering services to our clientele without necessarily coming to the library with the aid of social media.Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, our modest achievements notwithstanding we wish to seek the support of some of individuals and state government.”