An ultra-modern community library was on Thursday inaugurated
for use by students and residents of Apeguso in the Asaugyaman District of the
The facility was constructed by the sons and daughters of the
late Professor Ferguson Ampim, an astute social advocate for justice and native
of the community who passed on to eternity some years ago.
The inaugural ceremony was held at the Apeguso Presbyterian
Junior High School to mark this year’s National Mobile Library Day on the theme,
‘Reading for progress; let the child read.’
Speaking at the event, Mr Kingsley O. Darko, a member of the
Ferguson family said their late father’s commitment toward education in the Apeguso
community had necessitated the need to construct the library for the community.
He said the late Ferguson’s commitment towards promoting
education to a higher level in the Apeguso community, could not be overemphasised,
recalling his famous slogan ‘My pen my sword’ and believed that the library
when utilised by the students would help in training a next generation of
intellectuals for the Apeguso community and Ghana as a whole.
Mr Darko indicated that their late father’s motive was to
construct a library facility for the entire community, but was not able to
fulfill his heart desire hence the gesture in his memory.
He said their late father was of the conviction that, an
educated community would bring massive development, therefore, there was the need
to inspire the younger generation and groom them to be future leaders for
For his part, Mr Paul Asare Ansah, the former Director General
of the Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority, said to uplift the standard of
education in Asougyaman, there was the need to motivate and challenge the
children to study and pass out with better results, especially at the basic
He pledged to sponsor the first 50 candidates who would score
between the aggregate of six and ten in this year’s Basic Education Certificate
Examination (BECE) in the Asougyaman District, to enable them to pursue their
Senior High School education.
Mr Ansah said the sponsorship would cover the payment of the
mock examination fees for all students within the constituency as well as the
provision of transportation for final year students to their respective
examination centres, in an effort to motivate the pupils to study hard and
attain a 100 per cent pass within the district by 2020.
He noted that the government alone could not facilitate the
needed change to every community and, therefore, it was imperative for the
citizen to contribute their quota toward the change they all desire.
Mr Ansah said education was very important to the
development of every community and pleaded with all the natives of Asougyaman
to support the young generation to study hard to acquire skills and knowledge
to benefit the society.
He also advised the children to eschew negative peer influence
that would lead them into teenage pregnancy, drug abuse and armed
The Eastern Regional Director of the Ghana Library Authority, Mr
Vann Korletey-Tene, said his outfit had supplied more than 200 books to the
library to serve as a place of reference in every field of academia for the
He also advised parents to allow their children to visit the library regularly and inculcate in them, the culture of reading, to prepare their minds toward their secondary education.
FROM DAVID KODJO, APEGUSO
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