Determined to bring education to the doorsteps of many people in rural areas, the famous Elendu family in Alayi, Bende Local Government of Abia State, has donated a library complex to the community.
Speaking during the library commissioning ceremony of the Bernard and Rose Elendu memorial library, Alayi, Mazi Eugene Elendu urged parents to invest in education, insisting that a child that is well educated has hope of a better future, even as he called on well meaning Nigerians to help indigent students, acquire standard education.
The family, which also instituted a N10 million scholarship scheme for students from the community that wish to pursue their educational career up to PhD level, disclosed that the library was named after Bernard and Rose Elendu to immortalize them, describing the duo as people who laboured to train their children.
While saying that the library project which began in 2007 was completed on time even though commissioning was delayed due to unforeseen circumstances, Mazi Elendu said he built the library to promote education in Alayi community and urged the state government to enter into Public Private Partnership with the community, for its proper maintenance and sustenance of the library.
Also speaking during the project commissioning, the chairman of the local government, Chief Gabriel Okereke Elendu described the library as a dream come true and called on relevant examination bodies in the state to indicate their interest as the library can be used for Computer-Based Test (CBT) centre.
Presenting a speech titled “Education is the Key, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Christopher Chime Ogbodo stated that the library offers a wealth of opportunity to Alayi children, to take advantage of all that modern education has in store.
Earlier in a welcome address, Chairman of the library inaugural and handover committee, Rev. Fr. Gabriel .O. Iheke, appealed to the Abia State Government to deploy their library staff to oversee the running of the library, employ the indigenes of Alayi as casual staff while Alayi community through the library committee will see to the maintenance of the library.