The Asantehemaa Nana Konadu Yiadom III joined Manhyia South lawmaker and current Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh to hand over a newly-constructed library to his constituents.
Located in the old community of Ash-Town, the edifice has been named after the late Nana Afia Kobi Serwaa Ampem II, mother of the occupant of the Golden Stool, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
The facility is part of the government’s focus on revamping public libraries and building new ones through the Ghana Library Authority, an initiative that was started by Opoku Prempeh during his tenure as Education Minister.
“So the Asantehene wholeheartedly gave us this land to use for the edifice for education in the Constituency. So we decided to build a befitting library for the Ash-Town community. We also realized the tremendous work the Ghana Library Authority has done since 2017, ie, the introduction of an e-library in communities and even having mobile libraries and so we felt that we should support the Ghana Library Authority to build this library here with funding from the GETFund and the District Assembly Common Fund”, said Dr. Opoku Prempeh who was speaking at a brief ceremony to commission the facility on Sunday (July 3).
Executive Director at the Ghana Library Authority Hayford Siaw was thankful to stakeholders for the support as he stressed the importance of public libraries in the country’s educational system.
“In 2016 visits to the libraries were less than 300,000 now we have over 1.4million people visiting our library spaces annually. This is because not all of us have private study areas to study in our various homes…The most important resource of every library is books and so this government has invested in books at our various public libraries and that is why there is an increase in visits,” Siaw stated.
The 200-seater is equipped with 36 Computers, wi-fi facilities, e-learning resources and 10,000 books, with an ambience to make learning an enjoyable process.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH