Entertainment of Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Source: GhanaWeb

MUSIGA excited over Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Ministry

MUSIGA excited over Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Ministry

The Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) has commended President John Mahama for fulfilling on his promise to elevating the creative arts industry to a ministerial status.

A statement released by Union and signed by its president, Bice Osei Kuffour Monday, said the elevation of the sector is “indeed a very positive development.”

Previous governments received a lot of flak from members of the creative arts for placing the industry under the Chieftaincy and Culture Ministry - a situation they argued caused a neglect of the sector.

During the electioneering campaigns, President Mahama promised to give the creative industry the recognition it deserves.

He fulfilled that promise by rechristening the Tourism Ministry, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts and appointment Member of Parliament for Wa Central, Rashid Pelpuo as the minister.

MUSIGA expressed delight at the attention given the sector and said, “on behalf of all Musicians and the other players in the Creative Arts sector, MUSIGA wishes to commend the President for fulfilling his promise of elevating the status of governance of the Creative Arts in Ghana.”

Commenting on the appointment of Rashid Hassan Pelpuo as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts designate, the statement commended the President “on his choice of a youthful, hardworking and humble Minister to propel the new Ministry into a new era of glory for the service all hardworking artistes in Ghana.”

MUSIGA expressed the hope that an equally dynamic Deputy Minister who is very conversant with issues of the sector will be appointed to complement the Minister's strengths.

“We at the Musicians Union of Ghana look forward to working very closely with the new Minister and his team to achieve the desired results for the creative industries and for Ghana as a whole,” the statement concluded.