22 February 2013

Ghana: Regional Library in a Deplorable State

The Upper East Regional Library, since its establishment about 45 years ago, has never seen any renovation works, resulting in some parts of the roofing leaking badly whenever it rained.

Some books and other learning material have also been damaged as a result.

Some chairs in the library are so old and weak such that if one is not careful, one would fall down when sitting on them.

The library, which serves both the Bolgatanga Municipality and the entire region, does not have bright lightening systems, thus making reading difficult.

In an interview with the Regional Librarian, Mr. John Ayeseya, on the situation, he said a series of reports had been written to the necessary authorities to address the devastating situation, but to no avail.

The Librarian also lamented that though the library had an ICT center it lacked funds to connect the computers to internet.

Mr. Ayeseya was not happy that in spite of limited books in the library, some readers continued to steal the books, while others tear potions which meet their interest.

Mr. Ayeseya, however, debunked the assertion that the introduction of ICT had taken over reading, which had made people losing interest in reading.

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