Following the fire incident of October 2016 that razed part of the University of Jos Library and consumed 60 percent of physical books in the library, the National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA) through its Director General, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has promised to provide a Virtual Library for the Institution.
The Director General disclosed this today while granting the request of the Vice Chancellor, Prof Seddi Sebastian Maimako who led some of the staff to the Corporate Headquarter of the Agency to submit a letter of formal request for provision of Virtual Library.
While decrying the damage the fire done to the school, Prof Maimako stated that lack of functional library is hindering research and learning among the students and staff of the University. He added that the absence of Library made the idea of research and development a fiction.
He revealed that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund is helping to rehabilitate the Library which will be completed by January 2019 but “there is need for us to move away from conventional Library to Virtual Library for robust and conducive learning environment.
“We have heard about your Agency’s interventions in other Institutions and we have identified Virtual Library as one of the things you can do for us, so we want to appeal to you to consider University of Jos for this project.
While responding to the request, Dr Pantami thanked the Vice Chancellor for bringing the letter personally to the Agency, also described his effort as a “clear indication of commitment to the success of the school.”
He stated that the provision of Virtual Library to the school would go a long in aiding research and development. He said, “no physical book can take care of the increasing population of the school. I will make sure that the project is considered in this 2018 budget.
The DG urged the Vice Chancellor to encourage his staff to explore other interventions and benefit that they can get from NITDA. “Not only Virtual Library, you can benefit from us but anything you think the Agency can do for you. You can encourage your lecturers to request for research grant especially those carrying out research on Information and Communication Technology, (ICT.)