Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, has transformed the old Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba into a state of the art learning and recreation facility.
Executed in partnership with the Lagos State Government, the project is part of the bank’s You Read CSR Initiative which identifies, renovates and reequips public libraries, turning them into centres for learning and social engagements for students and the general public.
Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Segun Agbaje, who explained why his bank undertook the renovation of the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, stated that, “we are happy to provide this much-needed upgrade to a facility that is crucial to the academic and personal development of members of the Yaba community as well as residents of Lagos State and beyond.
“Libraries are the cornerstones of our communities, and the new-and-improved Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba will not only serve as a centre for learning and research, but will also provide a warm and welcoming environment for sharing experiences and creating new opportunities.
He further stated that, “at the heart of the You Read initiative is our commitment to transform our organization into a platform for enriching lives that offers our customers and communities, benefits beyond banking. Beyond the renovation of the Herbert Macaulay Library, Yaba, we, through this initiative, seek to encourage and engage people, especially students in all stages of their education, to read, build capacity, gain exposure and connect with peers and educators around the world.”
He said GTBank was concerned about the state of public libraries in Nigeria and believes that quality education is crucial for nation building and a fundamental right of everyone irrespective of background, race, or economic status. “That is why GTBank created the You Read Initiative to connect people with global resources of information and knowledge,” he said.
He also called on member of the general public to donate new and used books in good condition to the library in order to expand the scope of resource materials available in the library.
Speaking on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the state’s Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule commended the management of the bank for the effort and role they have played over the years in supporting education and sports development.
She said the bank has pioneered several developmental initiatives such as the GTBank Principals Cup & Masters as well as the Orange Ribbon Initiative to cater for children living with autism.
She expressed delight that GTBank has raised Herbert Macaulay Library to global standards, by carrying out a total overhaul of the internal and external structures of the facility.
The bank did a complete refurbishing of the building, equipping the library with state of the art furniture, the installation of computer and internet facilities to create an e-library and the provision of books to ensure a pleasurable and highly rewarding library experience.