By Kwamina Tandoh/ Priscilla S. Djentuh, GNA
Accra, April 14, GNA - Mr Benjamin NeeQuaye Kotey, the Assembly Member of Osu-Doku has implored students to spend quality time at the library to enhance their knowledge and skills for the future.
Speaking at a handing over ceremony of the renovation of the Osu Children’s Library in Accra, he said: “I beseech every child and youngster not to waste too much time watching television programmes and video games but visit the library, read a book to develop your mind and future.”
He said having benefitted from the library during his school days, it was necessary for him to help in its renovation as it had been in a bad state for years.
The refurbished library estimated at GHc20,000.00 included fixing of burglar proof windows, floor titles, painting works and spraying of walls.
He said: “I took it upon myself to solicit for funds to renovate the library and give it a decent face lift to enable our future leaders to be equipped properly for educational work. A library is a great treasure for the nation.”
Mr Kotey called on various non-governmental organisations and philanthropists to assist in the sustainable maintenance of the library and also help in restocking it with modern books.
He disclosed that the renovation was assisted by Mr Nii Armah Ashitey, former Member of Parliament for Klottey Korley, who donated three desktops; Mr Francis Acquah of Mental Health Foundation, donated assorted books; and Mr Okera Rukiza, ceiling fans, lightening and washroom facilities.
Other donors include Mr Sylvanus Klusey, Telefonika Ghana Limited and Mr Herbert Mensah.
Mr Guy Ebenezer Amartefio, the Greater Accra Regional Director, Ghana Library Board, commended Mr Kotey and expressed the need for users of the facility to nurture a culture of maintenance in order to keep the infrastructure in good condition.
Some students who spoke to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) expressed satisfaction of the renovation and were optimistic to make good use of the books.
According to Mr Eric Berko, the Librarian, who spoke to the GNA, said the library would be opened on weekdays from 0900 hours to 1700 hours and on Saturdays from 0900 to 1300 hours.
The Osu Children’s Library was established in 1950 and has not experienced infrastructural development, though donations of a number of books and other teaching aids had been made for the benefit of those who patronised it.