20,000 tonnes of books acquired during Igbinedion govt for sale

20,000 tonnes of books acquired during Igbinedion govt for sale

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Over 20,000 tonnes of unused books at the Edo State government Library on Sapele road, in Benin City have been put up for sale by the State government.

The Library which has now been relocated to Block C in the new Secretariat Building in Benin City, was built by Chief Lucky Igbinedion-led administration in the State years ago.

Investigation revealed that the government at the premised including Edo State Water Board annex, Law firms, one of the new generation Banks and other businesses at the premises, have either been evicted or relocated.

But checks by our Correspondent revealed that the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) gallery of the Bank, is yet to be relocated.

No reason has been given by the government for the relocation. But sources said the move is to pave the way for the ongoing reform by the Governor Godwin Obaseki-led administration to remodel the State government Library with state-of-the-art facility.

Investigation further revealed that the books and other archival materials which were acquired and donated by the government, individuals and other philanthropic Organizations to the Library.

Following the discovery of the relocation of the Library, suspected hoodlums at the Weekend made an attempt to break into the complex and loot some of the property including furniture and Air-conditioners at the Weekend.

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The hoodlums were however resisted by security personnel attached to the Complex.

A dependable source hinted that books whose title pages have torn would be auctioned and recycled for industrial use while a few others whose title pages are not intact are uploaded on the internet.

Editor’s Note: The feature photograph was used to illustrate the report.

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