The Agona Asafo community library in the Agona West District of the Central Region has benefited from the presentation of a number of books which seeks to augment the library stock and to encourage reading among students in the area.
Additionally, the library has also been provided with a multi-purpose photocopier machine which was to be used for administrative purposes as well as a base to raise some funds for the running of the centre.
The books and the multi-purpose photocopier were presented by Zenith Bank Ghana due to a request made to it for some assistance.
At a ceremony held at the forecourt of the library at Agona Asafo, Prof George K.T. Oduro, Provost of the College of Distance Education (CoDE) who spearheaded the construction of the library, urged students in the town to take keen interest in reading due to its role in shaping the scope of a person’s understanding.
He called on parents in the town to take keen interest in the education of their children due to its importance in national development.
He expressed concern about the loss of the spirit of voluntarism in Ghanaians and called for the revival of such tenet which he explained, was crucial in the mobilisation of the needed human resources for national transformation.
Prof Oduro appealed to Ghanaians to execute projects for their communities since it was imperative on their part to do so as citizens of their respective towns and not on political basis.
He indicated that people should not be influenced to execute projects because of the votes they want to get in their quest for political office but must do so due to the interest of their people.
He further called for the adoption of programmes to develop the tourist potential of the area in order to promote tourism in the town, which, he explained would contribute in generating revenue for the community.
Presenting the items, Martin Yankey, UCC branch manager of Zenith Bank said, the provision of the books, the photocopier machine and the printer was part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility.
He appealed to management of the library to adopt a maintenance culture of the items in order to prolong its lifespan.
The chief of Agona Asafo, Nana Yamfo Asuako XI, who received the items, expressed concern about the performance of students at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) level and called on all stakeholders to support every initiative aimed at reducing the trend.
He commended Prof Oduro for initiating the library project for the area, explaining that, it would contribute towards improving education at Agona Asafo and other adjoining communities.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Agona Asafo