Ghazni culture dept building in dire need of repair
GHAZNI CITY (Pajhwok): The information and culture department’s building could not be repaired in two years after it was damaged in a powerful bomb explosion in the capital of southern Ghazni province.
The blast two years ago targeted the National Directorate of Security (NDS) office in Ghazni City, the provincial capital, also damaging the information and culture department’s building besides the NDS’s and several others.
Khaliqdad Akbari, the provincial council chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News it was due to the negligence of the culture department officials that the building could not be repaired during the past two years.
“Some repair work should have been done during the two years. Most of the books from the department’s library have gone missing or destroyed. The city too does look ugly due to the damaged building,” the public representative said.
Similarly, writer Mohammad Arif Noori also accused the culture department officials of taking no interest in repairing the damaged building. “The information and culture director remains absent from his office, how he can work.”
He said Ghazni was a historic province and damaged government buildings should be rehabilitated.
Syed Wihdat Abdali, an official of the information and culture department, said the building could not be repaired despite the passing of two years.
He said his colleagues and officials of other government offices inside the building performed their duty under the destroyed structure.
“Books of the public library are placed on the ground. Some of the books had been written centuries ago and they have a historic importance, but the books are on the verge of extinction.”
But Ghazni information and culture director Bismillah Sharifi told Pajhwok Afghan News that he had time and again shared the problem with the ministry concerned.
He said he was always told by the ministry officials that they lacked money to reconstruct the building. “But this time they have made a strong promise. Let’s see what happens.”
About the books, Sharifi said the books had been shifted to a secure place, but some of the books had been destroyed as a result of the attack two years ago.
More than 10 government buildings got damaged in the car bombing. Most of the buildings have been repaired except the information and culture department’s building.
Besides the public library, the youth affairs department and the Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) station are also housed in the culture department building.
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