Renowned environmental activist, Mr Douglas Oronto is set to commission a world class library in Ekiti State. The library, billed to be the first and largest public library in Ekiti State is located at Irele-Ekiti, a small ancestral community in Ekiti North local government area of the State.
Mr Douglas is the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Strategy and Policy. He was said to have built the library from his income without any partisan politically motivated financial input. His choice of Irele-Ekiti may have been influenced by some of his blood-bound relationship with some political activists from the area which he worked with during the dark era of military rule, when Mr Douglas was a priced target for elimination.
IrohinO’odua was reliably informed that the library which he named after the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo will be commissioned before the end of this year.
Our correspondent learn that the Obafemi Awolowo Library, Irele-Ekiti is expected to host over 5 million E-books plus hard copies of publications on several fields of human endeavour.
Sources said the Obafemi Awolowo Library, Irele-Ekiti is one of the biggest public libraries in the South West. The foundation was laid late last year. It took less than one year to build the library. It sits on six plots of land buried within a ring of evergreen forest. It will employ not less than 15 people mostly from the indigenous communities in the area.
The source said that the library will primarily serve both high schools and institutions of-higher learning in Ekiti, the entire South West and the Middle-Belt area.
“At full completion, we expect the library to serve the entire humanity beginning from Africa to Asia and the Americas.
Mr Oronto has embarked on the collection of rare historic books on culture, science, politics and all other areas of human endeavour.
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