The headquarters of the National Library of Nigeria in Abuja has been given an eviction notice over its failure to pay the N508 million rent it owes for its rented building in Central Business District of the capital.
“The landlord has threatened to eject the organization by November with all its unpleasant consequences,” said Professor Lenrie Olatokunbo Aina, the national librarian, while addressing the senate committee on basic and secondary education led by Sen. Aliyu Wamakko.
Work on the library’s permanent headquarters building began in 2006 but is still uncompleted, ten years later. At the time it was awarded, the contract was for N8.59 billion, but the revised estimated cost of completing the project is now N38.76 billion, the librarian said.
He told the senators that the inability to finish work on the building has made operational coordination and service delivery difficult.
Aina also said that the agency is facing inadequate funding for collection of legal deposit resources, development of virtual library service department, capacity building and overwhelming outstanding staff claims.