A former Member of Parliament, (MP) for Hohoe South, Kosi Kedem, has called on Ghana’s Parliament to expedite the passage of the National Library Bill. Mr. Kedem made the call at a book launch in Accra.
The book titled: “The National Library Concept and Library Development in Ghana” was authored by Mr. Kedem and reviewed by a librarian at the University of Ghana, Prof Perpetual Dadzie.
The Ghana Library Authority recently declared 2019, ‘a National year of Reading’ and has set out plans to build 15 new libraries across the country. Currently there are 61 public libraries serving an estimate of 30 million Ghanaians.
Ghana, as a pioneer of library development in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is surprising that the country does not have a National Library.
The Absence of a National Library motivated Mr. Kedem to provide a blue print in his 147 page book to realise that dream.
Launching the book, Head of Information Studies Department at the University of Ghana, Dr. Emmanuel Adjei has advised a dialogue on the National Library concept to reflect the form it should take when the relevant policies are ready.
He said this is because, the National Library will be government’s official repository of printed work and information bibliographical centre and issues should not be raised on whether it is needful or not.
According to Dr. Adjei, after 62 years of Independence, a National Library should not be an option for Ghana.
Story By: Nathaniel Nartey