Rebecca Kajelo, GNA
Bolgatanga, April 13, GNA – Lack of funds has rendered the Bolgatanga Regional Library in a deplorable state with many patrons resorting to sitting under trees to read.
The absence of useful books and reference materials; and the presence of broken furniture, faded paintings and wiring with exposed cables, poor lighting system etc are what users of the facility encounter on a daily basis.
The poor condition of the facility has affected patronage and visitors have resorted to sitting under trees around the building to read and this is in spite of the distraction from moving vehicles and passers-by.
Children, adults and tertiary students who patronize the place have, therefore, appealed to government to rehabilitate the library and stock it with the relevant books.
Mr Leslie Kanang, the Regional Librarian, in an interview with Ghana News Agency, said since the establishment of the library in 1969, there has not been any major rehabilitation on it.
He said the facility often experienced irregular supply of water and power outages adding that it could not afford to pay for newspapers for the clients.
“At first government used to pay for the utility bills but since the pre – paid was fixed, we are paying for everything from our own pocket,” he said, adding that the telephone lines have been disconnected as well because of lack of funds to settle existing debts.
Mr Kanang said the library received some computers and laptops donated to the facility by two Non- Governmental organizations in 2008 but some had broken down and needed repairs.
He said the only mobile van which is supposed to visit communities in the various districts was unable to do so because the library could not afford to purchase fuel.