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The National Librarian, Professor Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina commenced a "meet and inspect" tour of the State Branches of the National Library of Nigeria.
The tour, according to him, is aimed at acquainting himself with all the branches and staff operating in the state branches in order to establish a personal relationship with them, knowing their challenges as well as assess the state of facilities in order to have a deeper understanding of the organization and her resources.
on the first leg of the tour, the National Librarian visited the Niger, Kaduna and Kano State branches. Across the three branches visited, he informed the staff of his desire to move the organization to greater heights and position it as the pride of the nation. In order to achieve that, the National Librarian said, he requires the optimal zeal, resourcefulness and support of all staff.
In his responses to their challenges, Prof. aina restated that "although the monthly allocation fron the federation account has dwindled and no longer comes regularly, I together with my management team has decided to adopt cost saving measures that will see us achieving much, with less".
In order to motivate and boost their morale, he informed them of the managements decision to reintroduce the release of operating expenses to the branches and other departments of the organization that are entitled to it.
While in Minna, Niger State , the National Librarian made a courtesy visit on a one-time Chief Executive Officer of the National Library, Alhaji Muazu Wali whom he thanked for his service to the nation and solicited his support towards the continuous growth of the institution and profession of librarianship.
In his response, the former National Librarian expressed joy for the visit by the incumbent and promised to render any support neededfrom him in order to make the National Library of Nigeria, the library of libraries and librarians.
Alh. Wali was the National Librarian between 1986 and 1999.