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N500m Library Facilities In Memory Of Late Yar’Adua Commissioned In Katsina

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Late Nigeria President Umaru Musa Yar`Adua 

Katsina – Engineer Muntaka Rabe Darma, former Executive Secretary, Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF),

On Saturday commissioned a library facility worth about N500 million in memory of the late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in Katsina.Darma who is also the President and Founder, Pleasant Library and Book Club, at a press conference to formally commission the facility in Katsina, said the 10 million capacity book library project was realized from his sovereign gratuity which was paid to him after his tenure at the PDTF.Other components attached to the facilty, he said include human development, e-library, gymnasium and clinic.“Today marks the official opening day and also the first day we will open the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua memorial library and human development centre to the public, which started in the year 2012,” he said.According to him, the centre is established to train individuals to attain their full potentialities, owing to the fact that not all young people have potentials for academics. Some require life long skills outside academics.“the centre has gymnasium and clinic components. It is to take care of the physical fitness, human health and spiritual wellness. As if you are not physically sound, you cannot read”.“Today, the second stanza of the activities we do at the centre has commenced. During the first training programme, we trained more than 400 young people in various vocations such as tailoring and fashion design, computer appreciation and advanced applications, knitting, cooking and confectionary making, beauty and makeup among others”.“We have also trained more than 1,500 potential JAMB candidates on CBT skills. During the second stanza, we will, in six months, train more than 500 young people in various skills. We will also, in conjunction with some public institutions train more than 5,000 young people on CBT skills against upcoming JAMB examinations. We discovered that our students have five credits in WAEC and when it comes to JAMB they fail as a result of use of computer. So this is to prepare them”, he asserted.While enumerating other important projects undertaken by the foundation, Engineer Darma said, more than 3,000 books were distributed to pupils/students who cannot afford books to improve access to books.“We have also carried out teacher training programmes where we trained 5,000 teachers in competency training and test in uptitude, attitude, numerical reasoning, English skills and verbal reasoning. We also organized teacher writing competition to enable teachers offer solutions to issues that borders on teaching and learning with winners going home with cash prizes”.The former PTDF boss who noted that, the facility is basically meant to transform Katsina into a viable state, technologically and economically in the next five years, however appealed to governments at all levels to join hands with the foundation to encourage and help young entrepreneurs to develop their innovations to benefit the society.

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