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Abandoned Oshodi-Isolo Library to Become NYSC Lodge



On the 17th June, 2011 the administration of former council
boss, Hon Afeez Ipesa-Balogun commissioned a public
library named after the late Dr. Bekolari Ransome Kuti
(Beko), lat human rights activist and immediate younger
brother of Fela.
That was a move to immortalize him for his work as a
human rights activist. Unfortunately, the library today sits
idle behind the Lagos State Corporation office in Oshodi
without enabling furniture that define what a library actually
looks like and books that can be read.
Despite the fact that Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area
has had a chairman after the administration of Ipesa
elapsed, the building has remained untouched since its
commissioning in 2011. The site of the library called Dr.
Bekolari Ransom- Kuti public library clearly shows that the
library building has been abandoned by the government.
According to Afeez Ipesa, the library was built through the
intervention of state fund and the fund was not enough to
actually equip the library with the enabling furniture and
books that prospective library users can make use of.
He further stressed that the library would have been
furnished and properly equipped but the approved fund was
meant for the construction of the building alone, so that the
government that comes into office after he left will
consolidate on the project that were not completed.
He described the construction of the public library as an
effort to positively contribute to level of education in the
local government and to also increase the reading culture of
students within the council area.
Meanwhile, Hon. Alausa Adekoya, the education secretary of
Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Education Authority, who is
saddled with the responsibility of managing public, primary
and junior secondary schools of the local government,
explained that government is supposed to be continuous
such that an administration will continue from where the
previous administration stopped.
He explained that the immediate past Chairman of the
Oshodi-Isolo Local Council Area, Hon. Muse Bolaji Ariyo was
expected to go ahead with the furnishing of the library with
required books and furniture, so that it can be opened for
public use but nothing was done for the past three years.
He further noted that the library would be used to
accommodate youth corps members, who are posted to the
local council area if the government refuses to take actions
towards furnishing the library or allowing the state library
board to take over the library. Mr. Alausa said, “And now, we
are looking at another administration to take the project up.
At this point, I am looking at an avenue that if nothing is
done to it, we will ask the state library board to take it up.
There has been letters as regards this library. It was even
budgeted for but the execution is nothing. Community NGOs
have written to him; he did nothing after three years.
As the education secretary, if nothing is done to it when
another administration comes in, then we will convert it to
corpers’ lodge. There are lots of corps members posted to
this local government but they don’t have good
accommodation. That’s the reasons they don’t perform
Also, Engr. Afolabi, who was one of the engineers who built
the library by the engineering department of the Oshodi-
Isolo Local Government, explained that the building was not
equipped with the necessary furniture and books because
the fund allocated to the library project was only meant for
the construction of the building.
However, the immediate past chairman of the Oshodi-Isolo
local council area, Hon Bolaji Muse Ariyo has explained his
administration’s failure to consolidate on the efforts of Hon.
Ipesa as regards the Dr. Bekolari Ransom-Kuti public library,
hinging it on the paucity of funds at the local level.
Muse said that there were too many projects in the hands of
the local government but funds were not sufficient to
effectively carry out those projects. He said: “When we
came in into office, there were many things we set out to do.
So, in order to serve the people well, we had to set our
priorities right, of which we discovered and embarked on
building health centres, renovation of schools without good
buildings, furniture, and also giving new school uniforms and
books to many pupils in our public schools.
We also embarked on the construction of many roads in this
constituency. So, when we finished all of these, we had
nothing left to equip the library with furniture and books.”

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