The Librarians’ Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN) wants libraries in all housing estates that have up to 500 residents.
A statement by the Assistant Director, Information, Ngozi Oboh, said the council’s Registrar, Professor Michael Afolabi, made this known during the workshop on ‘Entrepreneurship in Librarianship’ organised in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said the council would seek a legislation that would make it mandatory for housing estates to include a library building in their plans and also advocate that all local governments in Nigeria have functional information centres.
He said, “We will advocate the establishment of libraries and information centres in the 774 local government areas in Nigeria,” he said.
The workshop, he said, would equip professionals with innovative skills, diversified knowledge and creative abilities to initiate and run businesses that would contribute to national development.
“It is our desire to see library services contribute meaningfully to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Nigeria,” he said.