The Place of School Libraries in the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Programme in Nigeria

  • Nassir Bello Department of Library and Information Technology, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, Nigeria


This paper investigated the position of school libraries in the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme policy of the Federal Government of Nigeria. Relevant studies were reviewed and school library standards discussed. The review shows that school library system in Nigeria was abysmally poor. The paper recommends that the Nigerian Library Association and the Nigerian School Library Association should put pressure on the Government to speed up the passage into law the two per cent from the consolidated account for funding UBE programme annually as stated in the policy. It also recommends that twenty per cent of the funds allocated to UBE should be devoted to school libraries. Suggestions are made toward improving school library services.

Afr. J. Lib. Arch. & Inf. Sc. Vol.14(2) 2004: 139-150

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