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‘Government Determined To Do More For Creative Arts’

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  President Akufo-Addo

President
Akufo-Addo has stated that his government is still committed to improving the
creative arts industry in Ghana.

He made
this known at the 2020 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) on Thursday when he
touted some of his government’s achievements in the sector.

In
December 2019, the President inaugurated the National Film Authority (NFA) and
sworn in members of its governing board with the aim of putting the Ghana’s
film industry on the global maps.

The Chairman
of the NFA is David Dontoh. Other members include Juliet Yaa Asantewaa Asante,
Executive Secretary of NFA; Yaa Attafua, a representative of the Copyright
Office nominated by the Attorney-General & Minister of Justice; Josephine
Ohene-Osei of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture; Dora Darkwa-Mensah
of the Ministry of Communications, Dr. Samuel Anyetel Nai of the National Film Television
Institute (NAFTI) and Samuel Fiscian of the Ghana Actors’ Guild.

The rest
are Zakaria Abdulai of the Film Producers’ Association of Ghana, Koffi Nartey
of the Ghana Academy of Film & Television Arts; Akofa Edjeani of Women In
Film & Television, Kofi Ohemeng Owusu of the Audio Visual Rights Owners
Association, Rukayatu Naa Ayikaley Ankrah of the Film Distributors & Marketers,
Samuel Gyandoh of the Film Crew Association of Ghana, and Ernest Boateng, a
nominee of television stations.

NFA is
one of government’s measures to support the creative arts.

According
to President Akufo-Addo during his address, the creation of the NFA is a step
in the right direction to turn around the film industry for economic
development.

“We are
committed to the industry,” he stated.

“We are
commencing the construction of the very first senior high school in Ghana
dedicated sole to the development of the creative arts industry. I cut the sod
for this construction in Kumasi in December last year, we are determined to do
more,” he added. 

The President’s
State of the Nation Address before Parliament is in accordance with Article 67
of the 1992 Constitution, which requires the President to brief Parliament
about the country’s state of affairs. 

He spoke on diverse sectors of the economy, including the ‘Year of Return’ programme which provided favourable international media coverage for Ghana and had high-profile international celebrities also visited the country. 

By Francis Addo

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