A one hundred and fifty thousand Ghana Cedis library facility has been commissioned and handed over to the Kogle Community Schools in the Nandom district of the Upper West Region.
This benevolent gesture is the initiative of a native of the community and former Vice Chancellor of University of Cape Coast (UCC), Prof. Domwini Dabire Kuupole.
The facility which is a community library meant for all schools in the Kogle Community is in honour of Prof. Kuupole’s parents and aimed at improving the academic excellence of pupils in the area.
The one hundred seater capacity facility has an ICT lab with the ability to accommodate at least 40 people. There are a wide range of books spanning the basic to tertiary level.
Giving details of his motivation to put up the facility, Prof. Kuupole said the Library initiative was borne out of an earlier open forum held in 2015 to find ways and means to improve the standard of education in the area. In this regard, a challenge was thrown to the community members and the Kuupole family took it upon themselves to build the library.
Prof. Kuupole speaking at the ceremony while Dr. Mrs Alfredina Kuupole looks on.
The National Investment Bank donated seed money of GHS 20,000 for the construction. Wife of former Vice President, Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur and EPP Books and Stationery also donated laptops and books to advance the cause of the library.
At the commissioning on Wednesday, the MP of Nandom Constituency, Mr. Ambrose Derry, described the gift as "one of a kind". He urged students of the community to make the best use of the facility and charged the District Education Service to maintain it to serve the community. Mr Derry noted the library should be the first point of reference in the acquisition of knowledge for the students rather than relying on the internet which has the tendency to corrupt the mind with the numerous ills it comes with.
The District Director of Education, DCE and traditional leaders were also present to grace the event.
A section of the traditional leaders at the commissioning ceremony
From the University of Cape Coast, the Provost of the College of Distance Education, Prof. Isaac Galyon, former Pro Vice Chancellor of UCC, John Nelson Buah, Mr Kwabena Antwi Konadu, Manager of CBS, Deputy Manager CBS, Daniel Opoku and Assistant Registrar, Public Relations and Protocol Section of the University, Felix Adu-Poku were present to throw in their support.
The DCE of the area being assisted by Prof and Dr. Mrs Kuupole to cut the tape to officially commission the library facility
Prof. Kuupole and wife, Dr. Mrs Kuupole takes people through some of the reading materials at the library
Some Newspaper collections in the Library
The DCE tries his hands on some of the laptops at the ICT lab in the library
Prof. Kuupole hands over the keys of the Library to the DCE of the area.
By: KOJO DEI/ATL FM NEWS