A Non-governmental Organisation, Zaccheus Onumba Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries (ZODML), has donated modern libraries to five primary and two secondary schools in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.
The secondary schools were Anglican Girls Secondary School, Ogidi and Nkpor Technical College, Nkpor.
While the primary schools were Central Nursery and Primary School, Nkpo; Akpakogwe Nursery and Primary School, Ogidi; Nsukwu Nursery and Primary School, Abatete; Uruaneke Nursery and Primary School, Umuoji and Union Nursery and Primary School, Eziowele.
Speaking during the inauguration of the libraries, Chief Executive Officer of the organisation, Ego Mbagwu, said the libraries were aimed at promoting education which served as a store house for the impartation of knowledge.
She also promised delivery of computers to schools in the state next year.
She said: “Library plays an important role in students’ academic achievement because it facilitates the work of teachers and ensures that students have access to other materials outside the recommended text to make them independent readers.
“Part of our aim is to establish libraries in public schools to make materials available to pupils and students who cannot afford them.
“So far, we have established 19 Oasis libraries serving 38 schools and 6,765 pupils in Lagos State. We extended our services to Anambra State where we set up 10 Oasis libraries, serving 16 schools and 2,040 pupils.
“We have also established four DEAR Time libraries in Lagos State with 73 book boxes serving 1,025 pupils.”
On her part, the Education Secretary, Idemili North Local Government Area, Lady Angela Orakwue said pupils in the area had longed for a library to improve their reading culture as there was no such facility in the area.
She said:The pupils and I are overwhelmed with joy.
“We don’t even have a library not to talk of standard one. Since January, we heard about this, we have trained over 77 teachers per school to man the libraries for effective service.”
Orakwue thanked the organisation for its magnanimity, expressing optimism that it would further improve the reading habits of the students.
Praising the initiative, Principal, Anglican Girls Secondary School Ogidi, Dr Lizzy Okeke and her Nkpor Technical College counterpart, Mr Gabriel Nwosu, promised to supervise the maximum utilisation of the library, as it would improve the reading standard of the students.