The nation’s biggest opposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), has finally outdoored its manifesto in the run-up to the 2020 general elections.
The manifesto was read by party big wigs on September 7, 2020, at the ultra-modern auditorium at the University of Professional Studies, Accra.
Among many things, the party revealed all the plans it had to love the nation forward.
One sector that many people have their eyes on is the creative arts industry which has been said to be experiencing stunted growth currently.
YEN.com.gh brings you the plans the NDC has for the 2021 and beyond should they win the 2020 election.
1. They plan to implement programmes to support the growth of the film, music and the creative
industry to drive job creation and economic growth
2. John Mahama and his team also indicated that they would resource nationally recognised creative arts bodies like the Ghana Association of Writers, MUSIGHA, National Film Authority, Ghana Union of Visual Arts (GUVA), among others
3. They mentioned that they would strengthen regulation to protect the copyright of artistes and ensure that they get value for their works by enforcing the payment of user fees under the Copyright Regulations, 2010 (L.I. 1962)
4. According to the NDC, they would set up a system of legal aid for creative artistes to help fight creative/intellectual theft and plagiarism by others
5. They also say they would pass the Creative Industry Bill into law and implement it to promote the development of the industry
6.They would resource the national museums and empower them to function properly and create
space for exhibitions
7. They also indicated that they would promote local patronage of various creative products
8. According to the NDC, they would partner with GUVA and other fine art associations to purchase their finished works to furnish and decorate public offices to support the fine art businesses
9.NDC said they would, through the National Film Authority, encourage our embassies overseas to purchase and periodically show appropriate Ghanaian films on Ghana Day and other special occasions
10. They added that in collaboration with the Ghana Association of Writers, they would establish a National Writing Contest and support the promotion of the best literary works
11. The People's manifesto stated that they would provide seed money for the creation of a special fund for artists including aged and needy creative artists
12. The manifesto promised to make available scholarship packages for disadvantaged creative artistes to pursue courses or programmes for self-development in the national interest
13. They would also facilitate the enrolment of creative artists unto the informal pension scheme
14. NDC has promised in it manifesto to develop programmes to harness talents and potentials in the industry
15. They would structure the educational curriculum to allow students to appreciate the relevance of culture and creative arts in life and national development
16. The opposition party will seek to promote district, regional and national competitions in the creatives among the youth in tertiary Institutions
17. Finally, they would facilitate the placement of creative art products on digital platforms for promotional purposes.
There were many top party members of the NDC who were present at the manifesto reading. Popular among the faces that were present were newly-selected female running mate of the opposition party, Professor Jane Naana Opoky Agyeman and Johnson Asiedu Nketia.
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