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The National Librarian/Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, Professor Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina has promised to automate the operations of National Library of Nigeria so that the organization’s clients would be able to access services in the comfort of their homes and offices. He made this known on Wednesday 25th April, 2018 at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), National Library Branch in the Boardroom, Corporate Headquarters, Central Business District, Abuja. Professor Aina lamented that when he assumed office as the National Librarian, he discovered that the organization was operating mostly manually and according to him, manual operation had hindered the organization from competing with global standards. He assured that very soon the organization would have most of its operations automated. He expressed appreciation to the management and the entire staff for giving him all the necessary support and cooperation. He said: “together, we will move the organization to greater heights”. He further encouraged staff to improve their attitude towards the services of the organization in order to achieve the desired goal. He emphasized that his vision to move National Library forward was centered on the virtual library services department, but for that to happen, the department has to be staffed by experts in the field of Information Communication Technology (ICT). On the issue of appointment of substantive directors for various departments, the National Librarian explained that the criteria for advertisement were based on the one that was done by one of his predecessors. He therefore reiterated his commitment to the progress of National Library of Nigeria and urged all staff to do the same in their respective duty posts. Earlier in his speech, the Chairman, Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) , Comrade Sylvanus Idoko commended the National Librarian, in his efforts to restore the lost glory of the National Library of Nigeria. He also urged the management and entire staff to give maximum support and cooperation to the National Librarian in order to achieve the desired goal. Comrade Idoko also used the medium to call on the entire staff to imbibe the culture of tenacity in order to make the organization one united family. He stated that when staff were being motivated, the feelings of living together would naturally come which would improve the activities of the organization. Comrade Idoko also presented some of the problems bedevilling the union such as: insecurity, overtime allowance, staff claims, scheme of service, training, appointment of substantive directors, furniture and equipment and internet services and the state of the headquarters building. In his response, the National Librarian revealed that all these issues had been in his mind but inadequate funding was his major setback. He promised to address them as funds improve. Meanwhile, on the issue of conversion, Prof. Aina maintained that the Committee that handled it had completed its work and would soon be presented to the Board for action. Present at the occasion were the Chairmen of Senior Staff Association of Universities, Teaching Hospitals, Research Institutes and Associated Institutions (SSAUTHRIAI), Comrade Kenneth Ahonsi, Academic Staff Union of Research Institutions (ASURI), Comrade Folashade Adepoju and National Union of Public Service, Reportorial, Secretarial, Data Processors and Allied Workers (NUPSRAW), Comrade Sunday Odufuwa, represented by Comrade Abe A. O.


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