AE-FUNAI students seek files from extra surroundings advantageous library


Some students of Alex Ekwueme Federal College, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, (AE-FUNAI) enjoy expressed displeasure over the dispute of the university’s library.

Among the students hinged their stance on the restricted condominium and unavailability of books within the library.

Some of them who spoke with PREMIUM TIMES now not too long ago acknowledged there usually are now not sufficient desks within the library as the few accessible ones are without assert taken up by diversified students. This, they acknowledged, results in overcrowding the put students must jostle for condominium, and generally even must sit down on the bottom to read their books.

Nnenna Odefa, a 300 stage pupil of the Political Science division, complained in regards to the restricted condominium within the library which leaves the library keepers without a higher option than to appear at students to leave their bags open air earlier than getting into the library.

She expressed the dread that unscrupulous folk might maybe per chance well command the opportunity to have interaction from students since library personnel can now not behold from their positions.

“Because there might maybe be now not sufficient room within the library, students are requested to procure their bags open air. Library keepers dismay that students might maybe per chance well have interaction books from the cupboards if they’re allowed to head in with their bags. Nonetheless all these fears would enjoy been unnecessary if the library used to be vast sufficient, or higher peaceable if the college authority had equipped us with lockers to lock our bags earlier than getting into,” she acknowledged.

The construction site of the new library
The building enviornment of the contemporary library

These newshounds’ findings masks that in a college of about 10,000 students, most efficient about 136 desks come in within the library.

Ms Odefar also acknowledged the library used to be stuffed with what she termed ‘outdated textbooks’ and largely ‘European literature.’

She acknowledged, “We would like extra African works. We are Africans, and charity begins at dwelling. It is now not as if there usually are now not sufficient African authors writing. Now we enjoy most efficient chosen to brush apart them simply attributable to we don’t imagine in them. All that has bought to change.”

A 300 stage Mass Verbal replace pupil, Abang Glory, acknowledged there usually are now not sufficient Mass Verbal replace texts within the college library. She acknowledged she generally visited the library all over checks most efficient to search out that there used to be miniature or no provision for her programme of watch. This, Ms Abang acknowledged, gave her a sense of exclusion.

“It affords me the feeling that one thing is notorious someplace, that some folk are being alienated from the university community,” she acknowledged.

One other pupil, Nwojo Evylin of the Accountancy division, complained that students are being disregarded too early from the library now not like earlier than. She acknowledged that previously, folk also can watch within the library from 9 o’clock within the morning till eight within the night however on the 2d, students are being sent dwelling as quickly it is 3: 30 p.m or 4: 00 p.m. This, she acknowledged, negatively affects the tutorial efficiency of students.

Dr. Juliana C. Akidi
Dr. Juliana C. Akidi

Administration reacts

In response, the college administration has pleaded with the students to wait and see as the near of a bigger, extra conducive and accommodating library is in development and might maybe per chance well be carried out earlier than December this 365 days.

“We are assuring you that earlier than December, the building of the contemporary library shall be carried out. And we be particular we can reduction you higher,” Christiana Akidi, the university’s Librarian acknowledged.

The college’s Public Relatives officer, Iyke Elom, on his share refuted the allegation by some students that there usually are now not sufficient books within the library.

“Our library is adequately stocked with both e-books and provocative copies. So, it is a lie that the library is now not effectively-stocked,” he acknowledged.

First and foremost of every session, students are mandated by the college administration to pay N300 as a levy for library products and companies. Some students who spoke with this newspaper wondered how the money is being frail.

Mr Elom, in response, acknowledged library products and companies are funded by the university, and never by the once a 365 days N300 paid by the students. “Library products and companies are funded by the university. Books are sold by the university. So the quantity paid by students are frail to enhance the funds from the university,” he acknowledged.

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