Center for National Documents and Records Agency Director General, Emmanuel A. Lomax has underscored the need for the establishment of modern public libraries across Liberia.
He said founding public libraries projects in a poor country like Liberia is key to the development of Liberian society.
He made the disclosure at a program marking the launch of the 13th Region Diaspora Caucus (SRDC) International summit held at the Centennial Memorial Pavilion on Ashmun Street in central Monrovia.
The summit, which brought together stakeholders from the education sector and Africans in the diaspora, is expected to last from the 8th – 13th of November, 2021.
According to DG Lomax, the task of any public library is to improve the quality of life of the citizens thereby providing access to library services, materials and programs that encourage education and cultural improvement.
“So, I am very glad today that all of the efforts can be consummated in inviting them here today to start this conference and highlight the development of Liberia through the Library project,” he added.
He thanked his predecessor, Mr. C. Neileh Daitouah, for initiating such a National Public Library project with the Diaspora Liberians with the vision of building a literate society.
The Liberian National Archives Director General concluded his special statement by cautioning delegates of the summit that have traveled from the United States of America and other parts of the world to observe all health protocols instituted by the Liberian Government through the Ministry of Health.
For her part, Madam Louise Saiway, the Founder and CEO of the SRDC applauded DG Lomax for the huge transformation at the CNDRA in the absence of low budgetary allocation.
She announced that her institution will provide fully funded sponsorship to fifty Liberian students (50) to study in America whilst seventy two (72) foreign instructors brought from abroad will be deployed in the fifteen counties to help improve the education system in Liberia.
Meanwhile, Montserrado County Superintendent Florence Brandy said the Liberian Government will work along with the Diaspora Liberian group in constructing an up-to-date public library in Monrovia.
She also extolled Madam Louise Siaway for moving the library project vision forward and lauded Montserrado County District # 7 Representative Solomon George for providing the land to construct the National Public Library.
Superintendent Brandy acknowledged President George M. Weah, Director General Lomax, the Minister of Information, and Liberia Land Authority for their tireless efforts in making Liberia a better country.