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The Documentation Unit was set up in November 1983 to serve as a resource centre to officers of this Ministry. It is presently being housed on the 2nd Floor – Room 2.43 at MITD House, Phoenix. The main objectives are to gather, preserve, develop and disseminate relevant and up-to-date data and materials pertaining to Education, Human Resource, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research.
The Unit also assists users in terms of research facilities, consultation services, training facilities, preparation of reports, country papers for both local and international conferences, seminars and workshops, preparation of speeches, formulating policies in the educational field as well as supporting them in their decision-making process.
The Unit has a set of documents on Education and related fields for official distribution to institutions and experts and weekly press-cuttings of articles on Education, Tertiary Education and other related fields.
Among the collections, we have reports on Education and related themes compiled Consultants from UNESCO, World Bank, British Council, UNDP and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Conference reports, both local and international are readily available for reference purposes.
Government publications such as Government Gazettes, the Digest of Statistics, Annual Reports of various ministries/parastatal bodies are also regularly received at the Unit.
Objectives of the Unit
Besides relating the services already outlined above, the Unit has to provide:
The basic functions of the Unit are centered around three main types of activities:
Actually some 400 users (excluding staff of other departments) regularly borrow books, local and international reports, periodicals, government publications and press-cuttings available at the Unit.
Computerization of the Documentation Unit is in process;
The Documentation Unit is also open to researchers by appointment only.