A Batch B corps member serving with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Ebonyi state, Mr Omolekan Oluwole has donated a mini library equipped with research materials to the state headquarters of the Commission in Abakaliki.
In his speech during the inauguration and handing over of the library, Mr Oluwole noted that the project was part of his Community Development Service, CDS, which he said was one of the integral parts of the four cardinal programmes of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC.
He stated that, after critically and logically observing the challenges faced by the workers of the Commission on the accessibility of relevant information and the need to establish a mini library, he was motivated to embark on the project, following the go-ahead order given to him by the Commission.
Oluwole, who noted that the library would serve as a model of inquiry, learning, building knowledge and confidence in seeking and processing information among the workers, added that it would also help to promote the staff’s outward thinking and positive mental reasoning and perception.
He maintained that service year is a time to make sacrifices for community development and not to indulge in merriment.
While unveiling the mini library which has been equipped with book shelves, plastic chairs, reading tables, relevant books, manuals journals/magazines, Oluwole said it was his personal contribution to the development of the Commission and the entire community and charged the electoral body to take frther steps to expand the library.
In his remarks, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Dr. Lawrence Azubuike who thanked Oluwole for coming to their rescue, recalled how the Commission existed for years without a place where workers could access information.
Represented by the Head of Department, General Administration and Procurement, Dr. S. Johnson, the Commissioner described the Corps member as humble and hard-working and urged his colleagues to emulate him.
He noted that INEC and NYSC have maintained cordial synergy for years just as the Commissioner paid tribute to the Corps for the success of the just concluded general elections and described the Corps as an indispensable tool in Nigeria’s electoral process.
The NYSC state Coordinator, Mrs. E.G. Mbachi in her speech noted that the purpose of establishing NYSC had been achieved through the likes of Oluwole and urged his colleagues to emulate him.
The State Coordinator who was represented by the Zonal Inspector, Abakaliki, Mr. E.J. Isau described NYCS as a wonderful initiative that has brought national integration to the country.