The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr. Mohammed Ibrahim Awal has clarified that the cultural policy will be tilted to focus more on the elements of Ghanaian culture to put Ghana on the world’s cultural map.
According to him, the old cultural policy has outlived its usefulness and must be updated to capture relevant practices that seek to engender growth and development.
Dr. Awal made the call during the inaugurations of the Board of the National Commission on Culture today at the conference room of the Ministry in Accra.
The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, who doubled as the current chairperson for the NCC board, promises that the board will produce an updated cultural policy by June 2022.
“The board is willing to make Ghana’s culture profitable by renovating cultural centers starting with five centers by 2022, adding that there is no tourism without culture.
The 14-member board for NCC includes the President's nominees, Dr. Ibrahim Mohammed Awal (chairperson), Madam Janet Edna Nyame, Kwaku T Danso-Misa, Shirley Nana Akua Frimpong-Manso, Sheikh Zakaria M Seebaway, and Alex Lucky Mensah.
The others are, Felix Otis Tsibo-Darko, Isaiah Kwadwo Ampong, Gifty Twum-Ampofo representing Ministry Of Education, Fatimatu Abubakar representing Ministry Of Information, Dzifa Kemevor representing Ministry Of Gender, Osagyefo Kwame Akonu X representing National House Of Chiefs, Nana Ama Serwaa Bonsu Queen Mother, and Dr. Christine O. Asare representing Environmental Protection Agency
In a related development, the National theatre board also took its turn to have its board inaugurated and was also charged by the sector Minister to rehabilitate the National theatre and instigate a variety of activities to liven up the place to create revenue of not less than 5 billion dollars per annum.
Dr. Awal entreated the board to develop proposals that will allow increased national and international events such as the upcoming expo 2020, adding that, their activities should always depict the Ghanaian culture.
The chairperson for the board Nana Fredua-Agyemang Ofori Atta accepted the appointment but highlighted some challenges the Ghana National Theatre is confronted with.
He appealed for resources to support the work of the theatre since the commission has good policies but no resources to fund them and pleaded with the minister to visit the facility and assist with staff’s training needs.
The nine-member board aside from the Presidents’ nominee, Nana Fredua-Agyemang Ofori Atta (Chairperson) also has Dr. Misonu Amu, Kofi Adu, Adjetey Anang, Abdulai Awudu, Issahaque Serikpera Naa, Amy Frimpong Executive Director, Ghana National Theatre, Prof Awo Mana Asiedu representing Director, School of Performing Arts, UG, Legon, and Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata Director, Institute of African Studies, UG, Legon.