Out of 18 promises to creative arts, Akufo-Ado has done none - Appietus
Music producer expresses his disappointment at the failure of the current administration to make good on their promises since the 2016 elections
Ghanaian music producer, Appietus Appiah Dankwa, has expressed his discontent at the Akufo-Addo administration.
According to him, one of the major reasons he campaigned vigorously for Akuffo-Addo back in 2016 was that the President had outlined superb plans for the creative industry. Almost four years on now and Appietus is asking the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to show any evidence of completion of even one of the bogus promises they made.
Appietus revealed that the hope which he possessed four years ago of an improved creative arts industry has dwindled as it has now become obvious that the administration never had it in mind. He pointed out that since there are five more months till the 2020 elections and nothing has bee fulfilled it can be safely assumed that that the administration lied.
“His Excellency I Campaigned Vigorously For You during the 2016 Elections, Please It’s 5 months to election 2020 almost four years now and none of the things you promised the creative arts industry has been done, Please what’s going on”.he lamented.
Appietus painstakingly outlined the promises, which went as thus;
1. Pursue a deliberate marketing program to promote our unique historical sites, flora and fauna, waterfalls, and other cultural artifacts.
2. Take the staffing of these tourist sites and our hospitality industry as a whole seriously.
3. To improve professionalism in the sector, we will partner with the private sector to set up a state-of-the-art hospitality teaching facility, with an operational hotel, classrooms, kitchens, library, and dormitories.
4. Encourage local communities to take ownership and be invested in the sustainability of tourist attractions in their localities.
5. The NPP will champion a revenue-sharing program to inject 5% of tourism revenues from fees of well-developed tourist attractions into local community projects.
6. Transform the Ghana Tourist Authority into a modern, efficient research and marketing institution with the necessary technical resources and funds to help project the image of Ghana as a globally-recognized tourism brand.
7. Reactivate and resource the Ghana Museums and Monuments Board to function effectively as a repository of both our cultural and historical records.
8. Pursue an ecotourism policy that enables us make these sites available whilst protecting the ecosystem.
9. Invest in Tourism IT as an enabler, to improve knowledge and the sharing of information about tourism opportunities in the country.
10. The Culture Policy, developed and adopted under the Kufuor government, will be reviewed and actively implemented to give our culture pride of place in our national development.
11. We will build a detailed inventory of all our cultural assets, so the nation has a database of these assets.
12. The NPP will ensure that the provisions regarding the protection of Kente and Adinkra designs are strictly enforced against illicit exploitation by foreign interests.
13. We will establish a Creative Arts Fund.
14. The NPP will collaborate with the Chief Justice to create a Division of the High Court, focusing on the Creative Arts to deal with all matters relating to intellectual property rights, complete with a dedicated enforcement unit.
15. the NPP will establish a Creative Arts Council to coordinate and harmonize the various interests and fragmented associations into a well-functioning body to protect the interests of members.
17. The NPP will collaborate with private sector interests to acquire the technology and equipment needed to log creative works, in order to determine true and deserved royalties.
18. We will pursue the construction of modern large seating theatres in every regional capital except Accra, beginning with Takoradi, Tamale, and Kumasi, as well as setting up an additional Copyright Office in Tamale to cater for the northern sector in addition to the existing ones in Accra and Kumasi.
It would now be noted that not even one of these has been fulfilled.
Appietus however, did not reveal whether or not he would withdraw his support from the ruling party.