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N508m rental debt: National Library faces eviction



Indications have emerged that the National Library of Nigeria may be evicted from the building it operates in, over about N508m indebtedness to the landlord of its temporary building, Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Lanre Aina, has said.

According to him, the completion of the new headquarters of the agency, which has been estimated to be about N38bn, has been stalled due to paucity of funds.

He therefore urged the government to make funds available to the library for its operations.

Aina raised the alarm when members of Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, led by its chairman and former governor of Sokoto State, Aliyu Wamakko, visited the NLN for an oversight function.

He informed the committee that the NLN had yet to pay three years’ rent on its temporary corporate headquarters located at the Central Business District in Abuja.

Aina, who is also the National Librarian said, “The National Library currently owes N508 million. Three years’ rent is yet to be paid on our temporary corporate headquarters and the landlord has threatened to eject us.

“The present state of the building is deplorable, with leaking roof, cracked walls, malfunctioning toilets and broken water pipes.”

Wamakko promised that the Senate would address all the issues raised by the agency.Punch