National Library Facing Eviction Over N508m Debt

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The National Library of Nigeria headquarters in the Central Business Disrict, Abuja has been given an eviction notice due to the outstanding rent of N508m owed.

The National Librarian, Professor L. O Aina, said this on Monday while speaking to the Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education. He said that one of the major challenge of the agency was the non-payment of three months’ rent for the temporary headquarters building in Abuja.

“The landlord has threatened to eject the organization by November with all its unpleasant consequences. The National Library currently owes N508, 000,000.00.” According to Professor Aina, “the non completion of the headquarters building in Abuja, the contract for which was awarded in 2006 at the cost of N8, 590, 226,393.00 made operational coordination and service delivery difficult.

“The sum of N38,764,304,832.20 was the revised estimated total cost of completing the project,” he added.

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He said the agency was facing inadequate funding for collection of legal deposit resources, development of virtual library service department, capacity building and overwhelming outstanding staff claims.

In his remark, the chairman of the committee, Sen. Aliyu M. Wamakko said the oversight visit was to enable the committee monitor how the 2016 budget was implemented and also assess the challenges facing the agency and chart a way forward.

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