EDO RECEIVES $150,000 BOOKS FROM US-BASED CITIZENS.
By Osaro Okhomina.
BENIN CITY- The Edo State Government yesterday acknowledge the receipt of books worth $150,000 by the State Library Board from natives of the state based in Washington, United States, describing the donation as timely and one needed by the new Library in the state.
According to the State Deputy Governor, Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, who received the 6,000 volumes of books at the weekend from the represent of the Edo Association in the US, Pulyn Aghayere, although the donation was the third in the series of donations made to the state Library, the gesture would go along way in upgrading the standard of the newly-built library in the state.
According to him,” we are grateful to these people for a least remembering home. The donation has come at a time we became worried by the dwindling and retarding reading culture of the people. Against this backdrop, the state Government came up with a policy of developing and upgrading the libraries in the state. We are very hopeful now that these books would be relevant to the educational needs of our people. We must tell you that your association has remained one of those who remembered home by contributing to the development of the state”.
Earlier in his speech, during the presentation of the books to the State Government, the Representative of the donor Group, made of professionals and politicians based in the United States, Mr. Pulyn Aghayere, said the donation is in continuation of the previous one handed to the State owned University, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in 1999 and 2002.