Tired of waiting for development promised by their leaders, residents of Sirigu in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region, have taken up the responsibility of initiating the construction of a library project in the community.
Works on the project has however come to a standstill due to lack of funds.
The structure of the stalled project which commenced years ago is now waning, with an estimated 70 percent of the job executed.
Speaking during a ceremony at his palace to lift a one- month ban on noise making, Paramount Chief of the Sirigu Traditional Area, Naba Roland Atogumdeya Akwara III, said the residents had done well by initiating the construction of the library project without any external support and therefore, appealed to government to take urgent steps to ensure its completion.
“The people and youth of this area have been able to build an ultra-modern library up to the roofing level without any support from governments. But as it stands now, the building is at a standstill and we need people to support us to complete it. Our children need the library for their learning. So we are calling on the government and other relevant authorities to come to our aid.” He said.
Naba Atogumdeya underscored the importance of education to the development of human capital in every society and bemoaned the neglect from successive governments to come to their aid in completing the library project.
According to him, when completed, the library complex will help address the high rate of illiteracy as well as improve reading in his traditional area especially in the midst of COVID-19; when most schools have been closed down.
Meanwhile, Assembly Member for the Bugsongo Electora Area, Williams Agurevuue, said the area needs projects that will enhance its socio-economic development.
“The road network leading to the Town is bad especially the drainage system in the market. Also, some of our communities are still not connected to the national grid. We need government intervention.” He noted.