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By Gideon Musa

The cleanup exercise in the Robert Pastor Library of the American University of Nigeria (AUN) Yola, Adamawa State, has been completed, said the Director of Digital Services, Benson Ali.

The library was closed Thursday and Friday during the midsemester break for cleanup and maintenance.

Mr. Ali, who spoke to CMD correspondent in an exclusive interview, said the annual cleaning exercise has become a tradition in the university.

The library, which also houses the office of the AUN president, has a seating capacity of over 1,000 persons.

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"Basically, this the only time we can afford to carry out this needed maintenance before commencement ceremony," Mr. Ali said.

"The Library is the busiest building, with most ultra-modern facilities on campus housing classes, offices and an auditorium; hence the need to keep it in good condition." 

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Also speaking, the Reference Manager, Abigail Dauda said, “We had maximum cooperation from the community members but more especially from those whose offices are housed in the building.

“We expected offices to be opened early for the cleaning and fumigation to be done as scheduled and to ensure the job was thoroughly done, and they complied.”

She said the management of Southgate Cleaning Services, deployed more personnel and machinery, so the exercise was carried out effectively. 

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Southgate’s Supervisor, Vensily Ishaya, said 15 staff were deployed for the library cleanup apart from heavy-duty blower, scrubbing, and vacuum machines.

"We deployed 15 personnel to handle the work, while machines, such as a heavy-duty blower, scrubbing, and vacuum machines were used," Mr. Ishaya said.

“We promised that Robert A. Pastor E-Library complex will be neater, cleaner and fresh, both the interior and the outside walls. We did a thorough job especially in the public areas with much more emphasis on the toilets."