The Kwara State Government will spend at least N100 million to renovate the State Library Complex and use it as a launchpad for e-learning and temporary headquarters for the state’s innovation hub, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said late Wednesday.
He said the renovation work would begin very soon as part of his efforts to re-position the education sector in the state and prepare the youths for a brighter future built on innovative skills and opportunities to be among the best in the country.
“We are going to have an innovation hub here. I have recently visited the state library and it is in a bad situation. The books are not up to-date and the roof is leaking. The whole place is decrepit,” AbdulRazaq said during a meeting with the Kwara State chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).
“So, we are going to spend N100 million to fix it. Once it is fixed, we will begin our innovation hub there as temporary site. We will get some space there for e-learning process with free internet access so that people can go and do what they need to do.”
The students’ leaders were led to the meeting by President Comrade Adebayo Saheed Olosasa of the NANS in the state.
AbdulRazaq also said his administration has jerked up bursary for students from N100m inherited from the last administration to N200m in the revised budget just passed by the Kwara State House of Assembly.
He added, however, that payments would be made directly to individual beneficiaries based on an online data base already being generated by the Ministry of Education.