(PRESS RELEASE) — In August of this year, thieves broke into the Micoud Public Library and made off with a number of items. These included iPads, laptops, a television set and headphones.
The stolen items were widely used by persons in the community who frequented the library. The iPads in particular were used to conduct a literacy program, which has been positively impacting lives.
At the time of the break-in, the Micoud library did not have a security system.
This is now no longer the case, thanks to an intervention spearheaded by the Minister for Education and Micoud North Parliamentary Representative, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert.
In October, contractors completed work on installing a fully integrated CCTV/Surveillance and alarm system for the library.
One of the contractors, Wayne Alfred, says that the entire system is completely modernized.
“We recently installed the system and it includes cameras with audio as well as notification access via mobile phones,” Alfred says.
Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development and Parliamentary Representative for Micoud North, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert, emphasized the importance of libraries particularly to communities such as Micoud North.
“This library has been serving the community for a number of years and with the recent inclusion of ICT, it has become even more relevant, especially during this time. I am now more than happy to have fulfilled a promise of providing the library with a state of the art security system making it safer for staff and persons who utilize the services at the library,” Dr. Rigobert says.
She went on to indicate that this forms part of a continued process to build on fully equipping the Micoud library to serve multiple purposes for the people of Micoud North.
Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert has also called on persons in the community to take responsibility for facilities such as the library and to jealously guard such institutions.