By Yolamchi Ukaga, Aba
Members of Aba Book Club have appealed to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, to stop Aba South Local Government authorities from converting the Aba zonal library permanent site to a motor park. The call was contained in a letter addressed to Governor Ikpeazu and dated March 28, 2021.
The letter jointly signed by the club’s Curator, Nnanna Daniel and Dr Ugo Emeodi, secretary noted that conversion of the state government-owned site to a dumping ground for seized vehicles and shops, would derail the library’s development and discourage reading culture in Aba. The group further argued that the controversial move by Aba South local council was ‘harmful to Ikpeazu’s rebranding and selling of the Aba Brand’.
The statement read in parts: “The Made-in-Aba project is not limited to artisans, but also other creatives like, authors, poets, playwrights, essayists, among others, who are the think-tank of the Aba society.
“We believe your excellency has good intentions for the city of Aba and Abia State in general, hence our drawing your attention to this distasteful development.
“We also call on the general public to support the full development of Aba Divisional Library, through donations of books and other hardware to encourage reading in the commercial city”.
The group expressed sadness over the abandonment of Aba Divisional Library permanent site on Constitution Crescent (former European Quarters), resulting in its unfortunate conversion.
The club reminded all stakeholders that libraries were necessary within a city to afford users, timely, accurate, pertinent, and reliable information that cannot be dispensed with.
It said that libraries increased the knowledge-base and academic consciousness of a society and enables residents become better through reading even books they cannot afford.
It said that apart from the Abia Divisional Libraries’ headquarters at Umuahia, the Aba divisional library was next to importance in Abia, hence the need to secure and develop the permanent site.
It stated that the Eastern regional government established the “Eastern Regional Library Board in 1955, which acquired the land, which was handed down to Imo state and later Abia on creation.
It said that converting the library’s permanent site to other purposes would amount to destroying the legacies of past governments and their good intentions for the people.
The group therefore urged Ikpeazu to stop the encroachment of Aba South local government authorities on the site and from using it for anything other thing.