The Sierra Leone Library Board (SLLB) in collaboration with Excellent Printing and Publishing, (EPP), has resolved to exhibit quality books and reading materials, to the general public, which has already started yesterday, at the Central Library, Rokel Street, Freetown.
Speaking to the Press the General Manager, Fiasal Ibrahim said the EPP book service has been in this country for the past two years, and that Fourah Bay College was the first institution where it was initially established before another branch was re-opened at Sanders Street in Freetown. He said he was so disappointed to see the government and some learning institutions to entirely rely on donation of books, in order to equip their institutions. Fiasal Ibrahim said most of those gifts are not good and they are no longer useful.
The General Manager also advised parents to invest in their children by providing them with the best materials. He said the only success to quality education is when the right books are given to the child.
With regards the students, Mr.Ibrahim expressed total disappointment and explained that a good number of the female students are not taking their work seriously, as they usually spent most of their time on other things leaving their books unattended to.
Officially declaring the exhibition open, Mrs. Talabi Lucan, the former chairperson of SLLB commended the two partners for the venture but strongly supported Fiasal Ibrahim that indeed the government and learning institutions need to double their effort by providing the right materials.
The exhibition which was climaxed by the presentation of gifts to regular library users brought in Professor Magnus John the Chief Librarian, Fourah Bay College, in the distribution of the gifts.