MTN Foundation Re-opens Digital Library at UNILAG


Emma Okonji

MTN Foundation, under its UniversitiesConnect initiative has re-opened the digital library donated by the Foundation at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos (UNILAG). An MTN Foundation delegation led by the Chairman, Board of Directors, Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, inaugurated and presented the facility to the school’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rahman Bello at an event witnessed by members of the University Senate and the MTN Nigeria management team.

Built in 2005, the fully furnished and air-conditioned digital library is equipped with 128 networked computers, running on Microsoft 365 which was donated by Microsoft Philanthropies. The library is equipped with an alternative source of electricity for a seamless digital library experiences. It also has three laser jet printers, a server, and VSAT-based Internet connectivity. Other universities that have benefited from the UniversitiesConnect initiative, include Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State; University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State and University of Benin, Edo State.

Speaking at the event, Adelusi-Adeluyi, expressed delight on the fact that the project has been re-inaugurated and he urged the students to collaborate with the University to ensure that the library is well managed.
“This project aligns with the Foundation’s commitment to enhance learning and teaching by providing infrastructure, content and access to students in tertiary institutions across the country. UNILAG was the first institution to partner with us on the UniversitiesConnect project and we are pleased to reopen this pioneer digital library,” he said.

In his remark on behalf of the University community, Prof. Bello commended MTN Foundation for their commitment to the development of education and ICT in Nigeria.

“This is a welcome development in line with ongoing efforts to bridge the digital divide. I assure you that this centre will be used for learning and extensive research by our students,” he said.

Other dignitaries present at the event included the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics and Research, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe; the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Development Services, Prof. Folashade Ogunsola; Registrar, Dr (Mrs.) Taiwo Ipaye; Chief Operating Officer, MTN Nigeria, Muhammad Siddiqui; Executive Secretary MTNF, Nonny Ugboma; and Director, Enterprise Commercial Business, Microsoft, Wale Olokodana.