‘The library is one of our highest investments’ - Professor Ayo
The Vice-Chancellor of Covenant University, Professor Charles Ayo, stated that the University invests highly on library resources in order to boost the quality of education and research at the University. He made this known at the occasion of the 98th Bi-Annual Meeting of the Committee of University Librarians of Nigerian Universities (CULNU), hosted by the institution from November 2nd -3rd, 2015.
In his opening remarks, Professor Ayo, stated, “We all know the importance of the library to the education system. Our Library is one of the highest investment areas in our University; the Director of the Library is on top of his game and we have no regrets. It is no longer news that we have the intention of becoming one of the top ten universities in the world by the year 2022. To the glory of God, we have completed our own power plant which will be commissioned before the end of this year, that way, we have complete control of our power supply.’’
The Vice-Chancellor appreciated the Director of the Centre for Learning Resources (CLR), Dr. Christopher Nkiko and his team for keeping the University Management on their toes. ‘’The heart of quality teaching and research is the library; our Centre for Learning Resources is one of the major consumers of our revenue and we are committed to it. According to him, the available information from the Centre for Learning Resources states that there are presently about 131,465 books in print, 774,000 titles in electronic format, over 50,000 electronic journals, and about 2,498 in hard copies. Covenant University repository is ranked the best in Nigeria and in West Africa by the Cyber-metrics. “We adopted mobile learning to enable our students learn anywhere, anytime,” he concluded.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Committee of University Librarians of Nigerian Universities, Professor Innocent Ekoja, appreciated the Covenant University Management for hosting the conference. He noted that every CULNU meeting gives the organisation the opportunity to review performances in relationship with its core mandate which is the pursuit of a better university library system, particularly, and a better university system, generally, in Nigeria. ‘’In realising this mandate, however, we have a lot to learn from this University,’’ he stated.
He also said that it was gratifying to note that the Covenant University Centre for Learning Resources is actively supporting the institution in realising its core values of spirituality, possibility mentality, capacity building, integrity, responsibility, diligence and sacrifice. ‘’This,’ he said, ‘is evident from its building which is an edifice, as well as the fact that it is well resourced in terms of personnel and requisite materials.’’
Moreover, Professor Ekoja said, ‘’The University’s routine activities are fully computerised, together with a functional library which offers the members of its community 24/7 access to the Web Public Access Catalogue (WebPAC) and other electronic resources from any location in the world. The CLR of this University is certainly a leader in this regard in Nigeria.’’
Professor Ekoga explained that most universities in Nigeria are facing challenges due to inadequate funding and this calls for more creative ways of running the libraries, making them relevant to the objectives of their parent institutions, thereby meeting the expectations of the larger society.
The meeting featured presentations from distinguished personalities amongst whom were the keynote speaker and Dean, College of Leadership Development Studies, Professor Charles Ogbulogo; the Registrar, Pastor Olamide Olusegun; Registrar, Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria (LRCN), Abuja, Dr. Victoria Okojie. Other distinguished personalities include the President of the Committee of University Librarians of Nigerian Universities, Dr. Rilwanu Abdulsalami and the Public Relations Officer, Professor Ahmed Balarabe.
Officials of CULNU earlier paid a courtesy call on the Covenant University Management and were received in the Vice-Chancellor’s conference room.