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Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said the State Library under renovation would be equipped with modern books and facilities to support e-learning and brighten the future of the state.

“We plan to make a part of the library our innovation hub whereby our tech-savvy young people can try their hands on disruptive ideas to make their mark in the world of information communication technology,” AbdulRazaq disclosed at the commissioning of Awiye Memorial Library and Museum, Ijomu-Oro, in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state.

The Governor, who spoke through the Deputy Governor, Mr Kayode Alabi, explained that the government could not in good conscience neglect educational infrastructure and claim to be committed to a brighter future for the children.

“The Awiye Memorial Library and Museum is no doubt a laudable contribution to the future of our state and we are very grateful for this community effort. Specifically, this museum is a great initiative at a time every patriotic Nigerian or proud African should be concerned about the loss of our history, cultural traditions and value system to the rampaging western pop culture,” he said.

Governor AbdulRazaq called on other well-heeled individuals to show similar concern for the future of the youths, cultural renaissance, and intellectual growth of the state.

Also speaking, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was represented by the Director, National Museum and Monument, Mallam Dauda Gafar, stressed the need to promote, protect and sustain the nation’s collective heritage from going into extinction due to the threat of civilisation.

“There is no gain saying the fact that if culture is properly harnessed, through proper orientation and development of creative industry and cultural infrastructure, the sector would enhance the growth of the economy, reduce unemployment and poverty alleviation,” the minister said.

In his remarks, the Oloro of Oro Kingdom, Oba AbdulRafiu Ajiboye, commended the initiator of the project for his interest in the development of education in the area and urged the state government to consider the community for more developmental projects in the state.

Speaking earlier, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Awiye Memorial Library and Museum, Mr Oloruntele Alabi, disclosed that the library is a repository of data with over 5,000 books already shelved and e-library which could access books from anywhere in the world.