By Adejumoke Alebiosu
Corps Member serving in FCT Abuja, Ahmad Abubakar, with state code no FC/20B/1340 recently donated a digital library to the National Youth Service Corps, National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja as his personal Community Development Service (CDS) Project.
Speaking during the commissioning of the project at the NYSC National Directorate Headquarters, Abuja, Abubakar said the manual system of library operations is getting obsolete globally, hence, the need for a digitalized method of storing information.
He said he was inspired to initiate the e-library project to help expand the NYSC library and enhance its rich resources to Corps Members, NYSC staff members and other stakeholders.
‘As the manual system of library operations is getting obsolete globally and no more effective as it should be, l decided to convert the book materials into digital formats through proper digitization procedures for easy access.
The computerization of the library was considered necessary to enable free access to the library materials, including some NYSC publications that were also digitized to preserve them as reference materials,’ he said.
The project donor said he sourced for sponsors and was able to set up the digital library with items such as a server, computer workstations, printers, professional book scanners and other items. He thanked the NYSC for providing a conducive environment for him to unleash his potentials while he also expressed appreciation to the project sponsors for assistance.
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, described Abubakar as a goal-getter, honest and dedicated corps member. He thanked him for initiating and executing the laudable project, promising that it will be put to judicious use.
‘I want to urge other corps members to emulate Corps Member Abubakar and provide laudable projects that would leave good memories after their service year,’ he said.
There were goodwill messages from the project sponsors; Corporate Affairs Commission, represented by the Director Public Affairs, Ukaga Duke Edward and Nigerian Export Promotion Council represented by the Director, Export Development and Incentives, Lawal S Dalhat.