The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Barbara Oteng-Gyasi, made a presentation of food items to some Veteran Actors and Musicians in Ghana.

According to her, the rationale behind her support to the Veteran Actors and Musicians was necessitated by the negative socio economic impact Covid-19 was having on them. Considering the contributions made by them to the industry

Which attracted many people to Ghanaian Music and Movies, the Ministry decided to show them this gesture.

She disclosed that, the Ministry had initiated an insurance scheme for them which is meant to cater for them in their old age. This according to the Hon. Minister was being handled by GLICO Insurance Company.

Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, made these remarks during the presentation of food items to some aged Creative Arts practitioners in the country on 9th April, 2020 in Accra.

 She entreated on the well-meaning Ghanaians to adhere to the Covid-19 Protocols in safeguarding their lives from the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.

She also stated that efforts are also being made by her outfit to allow the Creative Arts practitioners in the country benefit from a 40 Million US Dollar World Bank facility for the Tourism Ministry.

The beneficiaries who received the first tranche of items were Veteran Actors –Naa Amanua of Wulomei fame, Grace Nortey, Grace Omaboe aka Maame Dokono and Mr. Emmanuel Armah who have all received bags of rice, cooking oil, tomato paste, and tinned fish among others at their respective residences.

Meanwhile, the actors have expressed their appreciation for the gesture shown them by the sector Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, for her thoughtfulness during this difficult period.

Ms. Grace Omaboe also used the opportunity to implore the Minister of Tourism to further extend the gesture to the other members of the Creative Arts Practitioners who may be going through similar difficulties as a result of the covid-19 pandemic.

The officials that accompanied Hon. Barbara Oteng Gyasi, from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture were, the Director of Human Resource Management, Mr. Otto Langmagne, the Executive Director of the Creative Arts Council, Mr. Mark Okraku Mantey, the Executive Secretary of the National Film Authority, Ms. Juliet Asante Ibrahim, the Director of Creative Arts at the National Commission on Culture (NCC) Mr. Socrates Sarfo, and the Public Relations Officer, Mr. Alhassan Abubakar Sadik.

Ministry Overview

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was renamed in 2017 through Executive Instrument E.I28 Civil Service (Ministries) Instrument, 2017 by His Excellency the President, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo to replace the then Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts. The Ministry’s policy directive is to provide a firm, stable policy environment for effective mainstreaming of Ghanaian arts and culture into all aspects of national life. This it is believed will help in ensuring the emergence of a strong, vibrant and creative environment that would help improve and advance the Tourism, Arts and Culture industry in Ghana.

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