Addressing the conference, the National Librarian and Chief Executive Officer of the National Library of Nigeria, Prof. Chinwe Anunobi highlighted that the conference was conveyed with a view to brainstorm, explore, collaborate and take collective action towards a brighter future for the nation through the unique literacy and developmental rendition of the public library system. She noted that Nigeria's public libraries are faced with myriads of problems, which requires urgent attention. She therefore called on all to salvage the situation by improving investment in the public libraries in Nigeria.

Meanwhile, a Distinguished Award of Excellence in Library Development was conferred to the Executive Governor of Bauchi State in recognition of his immense contribution to education.

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