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The National Library of Nigeria has nominated two librarians from the organisation to attend an international exchange training programme in modern library practices.
The training is a bilateral programme of assintance of the Government of India, arranged by the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa (SCAAP).
According to the organisers of the programme, the ITEC/SCAAP programme is predicated on the underlying belief that, it is necessary to establish relations of mutual concern and inter-dependence based not only on commonly held ideals and aspirations, but also on solid economic foundations. Indian government considers technical and economic cooperation to be one of the essential functions of an intergrated and imaginative foreign policy of the Government of India.
ITEC is the flagship programme of the Indian Government capacity building effort, with a wide geographical coverage of innovative forms of technical cooperation. 161 countries from Asia, Africa, East Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean as well as Pacific and Small Island countries are invited to share in the Indian developmental experience acquired over six decades of India existence as a free nation.
The professionals and people from developing countries are offered unique training courses in different centres of excellence which empower them with not just professional skills but prepare them for an increasingly globalised world.
The participants from the National Library of Nigeria are expected to not only utilize the knowledge, when they return, in enhancing service delivery to library users but to also arrange sessions where they would share the knowledge with other colleagues.
The two librarians from the National Library of Nigeria, attending the two month program which is being held at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research, Chennai, India are Osarome Ogbebor and Hauwa Birmah.