Volta library project stalls

The stalled library projectThe interim location of the Volta Regional Library beside a public latrine and a refuse dump, is frustrating its efforts to serve the public efficiently, says Mr. Alikem Tamakloe, Volta Regional Librarian.

The library has been operating in an old home science centre along the Togbe Afede High Street, at Ho-Bankoe, since the Regional Library Complex project took off near the Ho Durbar Ground in 2003.

But the government project which was scheduled to be completed this year, came to standstill last year due to the lack of funds, said Mr Tamakloe.

He said that, so far, the contractors, Messrs Tallman Limited had pre-financed and executed almost 70 per cent of the job but some of their certificates of payment had not been honoured by the government.

“The workers are still at the site but have laid down their tools, awaiting payment for work done,”, said Mr. Tamakloe.

The regional librarian said that the complex would have two wings for children and three for adults, with a 200 capacity reference and lending sections.

It would also have a rare collection section, exhibition hall, lecture room, a social activities centre, multi-purpose and an administration wing, Mr Tamakloe added.

He recalled that the regional library complex project began at an initial cost of GH¢1.33 million, “but it is now being reviewed to determine the exact amount required to complete it”.

He said that the interim location of the regional library in the old home science centre was inimical to the public as it sometimes had about 40 people crammed inside, battling the heat and also stench from the public latrine and the refuse dump.

“With this situation, we cannot even go the schools to carry out reading promotion programmes for the children,” Mr Tamakloe lamented.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Ho

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