Christabel Addo, GNA
Accra, Jan. 13, GNA –
Child Rights International (CRI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, has raised
concerns about suspension of work on the children’s library complex, which was
started by the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) some six
It said the progress
of work on the facility has for the past three years came to a halt due to the
change in government, leading to the suspension of the TRUSTLIB Board which
were responsible for the implementation of the project, and the initiation of
an audit on the expenditure made so far.
Mr Bright Kweku
Appiah, the Executive Director of the Child Rights International, at a press
conference held on Monday, said the understanding was that SSNIT would resume
its commitment towards the children’s library project, but “currently, no
communication on the report of the audit and resumption of work on the project
has been sent by SSNIT to the Ghana Library Authority, and the fate of the TRUSTLIB
Board is now unknown”.
He said “our concern
is that wherever the state of the audit is should not affect the state of the
library that is meant to promote learning of children in the country. If the
building has been completed, it is only prudent that it is stocked and
furnished to fulfil the purpose for which it was built.”
He said the CRI
believes that the initiative from the onset is a laudable one, which is a
fulfilment of the country’s constitutional aspirations for the welfare of
children under Article 28 and 37.
expect a firm commitment from SSNIT towards the completion of the project as a
way of responding to the best interest of children as provided for in the
Children’s Act 560,” he said.
Mr Appiah said a
tour of the project site shows that it was fully fitted with air conditioners
and disability friendly facilities including (state-of-the-art
disability-friendly toilets), a mobile library, conference halls, a
recreational area with astro turf, a first aid and computer rooms, offices, a
large parking space and waiting area, as well as a power plant.
He said with the
building virtually abandoned, it was beginning to deteriorate and this is a
blatant waste of both state and citizen resources adding that due to the delay
the liability period which was agreed upon between the stakeholders and the
contractor during the execution of the project has expired.
additional funds would have to be spent for repairs and replacement of fittings
before the facility could be commissioned,” he said.
Mr Appiah said the
CRI believes that it would be a sad day in the history of the country if this
laudable project is abandoned, and urged the Ghana Library Authority (GLA) to
recognise the project as theirs and commit itself towards the realisation of
In a brief
background Mr Appiah explained that the four million dollar project, was
initiated by Mr Ernest Thompson, the former Director-General of SSNIT, as part
of the organisation’s 50th anniversary’s Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR) effort in October 2015.
It was, however, an
agreement between SSNIT which was expected to ensure the construction of the
building, furnishing, and stocking of the library with books and modern
equipment, while the GLA provided the site for construction and recruitment of
staff upon completion of the facility.
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