President Akuffo Addo calls on the media to promote the Ghanaian culture in their programmes
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In order to preserve the rich Ghanaian culture, the president of the country, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo has called for the need to have local content in media programmes in Ghana.
He stressed that it is very necessary for the media to promote the Ghanaian culture in a positive way because the future of tourism in the country rested in the rich culture of the country, and promoting it well will attract investments to help promote the growth of the country.
Yaw Osafo Marfo, Senior Minister, in a speech read on behalf of the president expressed how important the Ghanaian culture is in national development and must be promoted at all cost. He made the speech at the opening of the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC).
“We cannot continue to be showing foreign telenovelas, cultures and programmes that teaches our children nothing on our national televisions, whiles our unique cultures goes unnoticed.
Indulging our children more in our culture can help educate them to be responsible and also help to create employment, livelihood and the need for jobs for our youth since there also so many potentials in our culture that can make all this above mention things possible.
He also indicated that NAFAC 2019 is not just an ordinary funfair but a concrete achievement which is worth celebrating because it has helped us gain assistance from Japan and about 3,000 youth had benefited from pilot training programmes in culture and creative arts.
The president also noted that, as stated in the 2016 NPP manifesto, the government will tirelessly work hard towards our culture and creative arts sectors as they are currently planning on constructing Regional theatres and some outstanding cultural infrastructures including those they have already started in the Eastern and Ashanti Region and plans are underway to complete the more.
He also made mention of other infrastructures and projects the government is making towards the culture and creative art sectors such as the Marine drive tourism and investments project to open up the doors of Ghana to international investments in tourism, culture and creative arts.
Paramount Chief of Abeadzi Traditional Area, in the Central Region, Nana Kwebu Ewusi, called upon the government to improve the culture education in our various basic and secondary schools because science and technology are only useful when embedded in the culture of the people.’’
He also called on all festivals to strengthen the common bonding and not to use politics of insults for the division as we are all one people.
Omanhene of New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Professor Oti Boateng, said we must unite as a country even in diversity to achieve Ghana beyond Aid since we are economically independent so we can have a self-dependent economy.