As students and lecturers in public universities nationwide lament the worrisome state of libraries, a document from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, an agency of the Federal Ministry of Education, has shown that each public university library was allocated N168m between 2009 and 2013.
The document, Intervention Allocation 2009-2013, obtained by our correspondent on Monday, showed that library development was the third item on the list and it was allocated N168m for each university.
The breakdown of 2009 to 2013 showed that; in 2009, each university library was allocated N10m, while it jumped to N20m in 2010. In 2011, library development got N25m and rose to N53m in 2012. In 2013, it was put at N60m.
The total of TETFUND allocations for library development in public universities was N168m.
Reports had it on Monday that the worrisome state of libraries in many public universities in Nigeria had not only affected research and learning in the institutions, but also their global ranking, according to investigations.
In some public universities across the country visited, it was revealed that many of them were stocked with outdated books, lacked e-learning facilities and conducive environment for learning and research.
The universities’ libraries visited included; Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, University of Abuja, University of Lagos, University of Nigeria, University of Ibadan, Tai Solarin University of Education, among others.
The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, had stated that the union was negotiating with the Federal Government to reposition the libraries, saying, “the state of facilities in our public universities’ libraries which is worrisome is what we saw coming.”
In its reaction, the Federal Ministry of Education had said TETFund was mandated and provided with funds for the infrastructural development of universities.
On Monday, our correspondent observed from the TETFUND Intervention Allocation 2009-2013 document that each public university library was allocated N168m in five years.
The document partly reads, “For 2009, intervention allocation for projects is N57m, research is N7m and library development is N10m. For 2010, intervention allocation for projects is N193.14m, research is N10m and for library development is N20m. For 2011, intervention allocation for projects is N125m, research is N10m and library development is N25m.
“For 2012, intervention allocation for projects is N347m, research is N10m and library development is N53m. For 2013, allocation for projects is N350m, research is N20m and library development is N60m.”
Our correspondent, however, learnt that not all public universities had been able to access the allocated funds by TETFUND for library development, because of certain requirements.
But the list of universities that have accessed the money, which was captured under Disbursements, was not available on TETFUND website as of press time.