WINDHOEK: Published articles, letters and text messages from the public on the closure of the Windhoek Public Library will be framed and displayed in the lobby of the revamped library.
Minister of Education (MoE), Dr Abraham Iyambo made this remark during the official re-opening of the Windhoek Public Library in the capital on Friday.
The library was closed since January 2009 to allow essential renovations.
Iyambo admitted that the closure was lengthy, and he too complained about it to his staff.
He informed the gathering that journalists such as Selma Ikela of the Namibian Sun newspaper as well as Jana-Mari Smith of The Namibian newspaper took particular interest in the closure of the library.
Some of the articles were published under the headings “Library Renovation a Comedy of Errors” by Ikela, and Smith’s “Public library ‘scandal’ has frustrated readers up in arms”.
Iyambo said from both journalists’ articles one could tell that they too were frustrated with the lengthy closure of the library, and admitted that they were both right about what they wrote about.
The minister further acknowledged that there were a lot of errors during the renovation phase of the library, adding that things that happened during renovation were “truly just like a comedy”.
He said the “comedies” included sub-standard renovations and sub-standard quality material used, adding that most of the work had to be re-done, while honey bees had taken over the building and were busy making honey in the ceiling.
Meanwhile, Iyambo pointed out that the first section of the paper he reads is the text messages and letters from the public published in local newspapers, adding that he then gives instructions in his ministry based on that.
“We have now, through the director of libraries, collected all smses, letters and articles that were written by journalists to be framed and displayed in the lobby of the library for years and years to come. They will never be thrown away,” Iyambo promised.