Joy as Ijurin Ekiti opens community library
The end of last year was truly joyous for Ijurin Ekiti community in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State, as it witnessed the opening of its own community library.
The library which was commissioned on December 30, 2020, is now fully open to the public.
The project is a joint effort of community members and donors who sought to actualise the community’s desire to promote the reading culture among the populace and also preserve the culture of the land.
Speaking on behalf of the Ijurin Community Library Committee, the secretary, Adewumi Idowu Paul, said that the committee, chaired by Enwongo-Abasi Francis, was put together by the traditional ruler of Ijurin, Oba Joachim Afolabi Ajibola.
According to him, Ijurin town “was desirous of promoting reading habit amongst her populace and wishes to use the library to entrench the culture of the land.
“The community library and galleria will serve as a repository of knowledge and information to the people of Ijurin Ekiti.
“Special appreciation goes to the Ijurin Ekiti people, the Ojurin of Ijurin, the Council of Obas, the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Ekiti State, Hon. Biodun Omoleye; Ekiti State Ministry of Education, the chairman, Ijero Local Government Area, Ropo Ige; National Libray of Nigeria Abuja, City Library Abuja, Nigerian Library Association, Association of Nigerians Authors, Christian Association of Nigeria, our donors, supporters and teeming volunteers nationwide.”
He added that the community library is open to receive the donation of more books from well-meaning Nigerians and organisations.
The project which began mid-last year cost about half a million naira.
The library is located within the premises of Comprehensive High School, Ijurin Ekiti.
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