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MTN Moves to Withdraw Digital Library Donated to UNILAG

MTN Nigeria to evacuate the multi-million naira digital library donated to University of Lagos, UNILAG, over abandonment.

UNILAG VC, Professor Rahmon Bello

UNILAG VC, Professor Rahmon Bello

MTN Nigeria Communications Limited (MTNN) moves to withdraw the abandoned Universities Connect Library at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Lagos.

The digital library was donated to UNILAG in 2005 when internet enabled phones were still a luxury. The digital library has been placed under lock and key in the last five years and much to the dissatisfaction of the donor organisation.

In-house sources at the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) office of the telecommunication outfit informed newsmen that the evacuation processes would begin soon, even as it was gathered that troubled Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo Campus may be the new beneficiary.

MTN Corporate Social Executive, Akinwale Goodluck, recently at the Lagos State Support Our School Initiative Breakfast Meeting, said the world-class facility, a pride of his organisation, had been locked up for years, because the school management could just not keep to agreements in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2004.

Goodluck, who gave credit to the Lagos State government and the ministry of education on effective partnership till date, said a state-owned tertiary institution would be the new beneficiary of the digital library when it was retrieved from UNILAG.

“We are happy to transfer this facility to Lagos State,” Goodluck said.

Authorities of UNILAG, however maintained that they had given the telecommunication outfit their blessing to remove the facility, after sections of the second agreement were breached by the mobile outfit.

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