The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng- Gyasi, has stressed that Nana Akufo Addo’s government is very much committed in the revamping of the Regional Cultural Centres Countrywide.
She further emphasized that H. E. Nana Akufo-Addo recognizes the significant contribution of the sector and, therefore, all quest should be made by the relevant stakeholders to boost the economic fortunes in the Arts and Culture.
Hon.Barbara Oteng Gyasi, who also doubles as the Member of Parliament(MP) for the Prestea Huni Vally Constituency, further hinted that government is also strategically adopting the development paradigm of the Asian Tigers like Japan, Malaysia, South Korean by incorporating their cultural values, and traditions in their development process.
She made these disclosures during the National Conference of Regional Directors and Accountants of Centre for National Culture (CNC) , in Tamale, on the 30th May, 2019, on the Theme ” Mainstreaming Culture in Ghana’s Socio Economic Development Agenda-The Role of Stakeholders.
She said the theme is very much appropriate considering that it advocates for National Integration of Ghana, s Culture in the country development agenda.
Hon. Barbara bemoaned that Ghana’s culture is at the crossroad, given the Euro-Christian and Arabic influences in the country rich culture and its traditions which is fast eroding.
She thus urged, all and sundry in the country to eschew negative foreign influences that tend to retards the overall improvement of Ghana’s culture.
She said the Ghana’s tourism sector and its cultural artefacts has the great potentials to turn the economic fortunes of the country.
She therefore, urged players in the tourism industry to focused their attention more in the promotion and enhancing the rich Ghanaian cultural heritage.
Hon. Barbara Oteng, used the rare privileged to commend the Regional Directors and Accountants of Centre for National Culture, for organising this laudable event, aimed at improving on the delivery of the CNC,s mandates.
The Executive Director of Centre for National Culture, Mrs. Janet Edna Nyame, indicated that the called to mainstream Ghana’s culture within the Socio-economic context of Ghana’s development is a noble one, since culture permeate all facets of Ghanaian economy.
Mrs. Janet Edna, also used the occasion to appealed to the government to as a matter of urgency to consider elevating her outfit to an autonomous institution.
This according to her would help the commission to appropriately deliver on its core mandate.
On her Part the, Dean of CNC, Directors and Accountants Confrence, Mrs. Carl Oparebea, appealed to the government to endeavour to give a facelift to all the regional theatres in the country.
The CEO of the Heritage Development and Patron Ghana Culture Forum, Mr. Akunu Dake, who was a resource persons at the event, urged players in the Culture and arts industry to come out with a strategic cultural policy that would outline its time lines and how it would effectively be implemented.
Meanwhile, the CNC was established by PNDC Law 238 of 1990 with 11 agencies under it, that has the sole mandate to initiate, promote and supervise Ghana’s cultural programmes.