Entertainment of Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Source: Citifmonline

Minister Rashid Pelpuo is not the Right Person for Us - Socrates Safo

Film Producer Socrates Safo has told Citi news that Minister-designate for the Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts Ministry, Rashid Pelpuo might not be the right person for the job since he is not an industry person.

Speaking to Citi News, Socrates; a critic of the arts industry in Ghana says the best choice would have been a member of the industry.

“We as creative arts people are a bunch of delicate persons and if we are not handled well, it’s either we will confuse and frustrate you or you will confuse and frustrate us. So it’s about time that we get people who are in the industry to work for creative arts people; if you bring technocrats, lawyers, scholars, whatever you will create confusion in the industry. In the end the government will not benefit from the idea and the purpose for which it has established the industry.”

He says such a person will better understand the frustrations of members of the industry. According to Mr. Sarfo government should deal with people in the industry; “we are very open, we know what we want, nobody can decide for us”, he said.

He however lauded the President for moving the creative arts industry away from the Ministry of Chieftaincy.

Meanwhile; spokesperson for a group of creative arts members who paid a courtesy call on President Mahama last week; Selasie Ibrahim has told Citi News their biggest expectation of the Minister-designate; Rashid Pelpuo is to bring the various sections of the industry under one umbrella.

“We have too many individual groups for individual glory.”