The Ghana Library Authority (GLA) has adopted the Menekpo Community Library in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality in the Eastern Region.
As part of the adoption ceremony which coincided with the 65th anniversary of the Eastern Regional Ghana Library Authority, the Menekpo facility was handed over to the authority by the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly in collaboration with the Menekpo Community leaders.
The Menekpo Library was established by a group of Krobo citizens in the United Kingdom and was inaugurated by then Vice-President, Professor John Evans Attah-Mills on September 23, 2000.
It had been manned by the community until the GLA adopted it. The GLA, in collaboration with the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly, jointly renovated it to suit the current library status.
The GLA, prior to the handing-over ceremony, organised a quiz competition for junior high schools in the municipality as a measure to inculcate reading culture in the students.
The Manya Krobo Academy at Manyakpogunor took the first position, followed by the Mount Mary College of Education Demonstration School and the Kodjonya Millennium Presbyterian Junior High Schools for the second and third places respectively.
The Eastern Regional Director of the GLA, Mr Evans Korletey-Tene said the authority adopted the library in the municipality to promote higher level of literacy in the area.
He said the vision and objectives of the authority was to connect Ghanaians to knowledge resource through the provision of access points such as digital, physical and mobile library services.
‘’We want to do that so that every district within the Eastern Region can have a library through collaboration with metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies,’’ the regional director added.
He said the GLA had made 2022 a year of books where the authority would make available thousands of reading materials to pupils in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipality and the region at large.
The Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Simon Kweku Tetteh, emphasised the importance of library in the education sector, adding that it was against that background that the President and his government brought the free senior high school to offload the burden of parents.
“As an assembly, we have renovated the library to make learning easy for you. The assembly and the GLA will continue to collaborate and do what will be necessary to help promote the facility,’’ the MCE stressed.
He urged the pupils who took part in the quiz competition, especially the participants to continue learning hard to their own benefit, adding nobody can take away the knowledge you have acquired through education.
Mr Tetteh urged the teachers to guide the learners to patronise the library, saying continue to shepherd our children emotionally and educationally to be on track with their learning.
The Chief of Menekpo, Nene Hevi II said the community and the Manya Krobo community had keen interest in the education of their children, hence the establishment of the library facility.
He said the facility would continue to contribute to the learning of the children.
The GLA currently posted three staff members to the facility with Ms Amanda Dela Fialeseshie as the District Director.