A research study conducted by Anane institute has revealed that the Ahafo, Bono East and Bono regions have only 6 public libraries serving a population of 2.5 million people.
The report of the study which was released to the Citizen Times, shows that the public libraries are found in Sunyani, Techiman, Kintampo, Duayaw Nkwanta, Goaso and Dormaa.
In an interview with the Citizen Times, the Executive Director of the Anane institute, Edward Twum Anane, said the inadequate public libraries are having a negative effect on education in these regions.
He also revealed that most of the existing libraries lack modern books, computers, internet connection and resources.
According to him, the only way we can inculcate the habit of reading into pupils and students is to furnish them with well-equipped and advanced libraries.
“For all these regions to have just six (6) public libraries is woefully inadequate,” he bemoaned.
He, therefore, called on authorities to help provide more libraries in the Ahafo, Bono East and Bono regions.
Mr Anane elucidated that reading is one of the foundations we cannot look down if we want to build a better educational system.
“If we want to build a strong educational system in this country, then we have to invest in building more libraries. Reading is very important and it shouldn’t be underestimated. I appeal to authorities to factor this in our budgets as a matter of urgency,” he pleaded.