- According to him, that will increase the country’s potential for tourism
- The governing NPP had already promised in its 2020 manifesto to transform the country’s creative art industry
- The industry is seen as the country's major growth pole
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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo will make Ghana the hub of filmmaking in West Africa in his second term, the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture designate has stated.
Ibrahim Awal Mohammed disclosed the president’s bold plan when he appeared before the Appointments Committee of Parliament on Thursday, February 25, 2021.
The successful implementation of the president’s plan would increase the tourism potential of the country, the former Business Development Minister stated.
“So, this is one of the first things that we will do. The film studio will help in music and film production and make Ghana the hub of film production in West Africa,” he said.
Awal Mohammed said should he be approved by the House, he would see to the establishment of a 20-million- dollar film studio in the realisation of the president’s vision.
In the run-up to the 2020 general elections, the governing NPP promised in its manifesto to construct recording studios in the Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Western Regions.
“We see the creative arts as a major growth pole. It has so much talent,” Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia stated during the launch of the manifesto in the Central Region on August 22, 2020.
In a separate development, Samuel Abu Jinapor on Wednesday told the Appointments Committee that the president’s commitment to the fight against illegal mining is intact, despite the dissolution of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Illegal Mining (IMCIM).
Jinapor, who’s the Minister-designate for Lands and Natural Resources, said during his vetting that: “…the president is absolutely committed to making an impact in this illegal small-scale mining industry.”
The president in 2017 said he was ready to place his presidency on the line for the fight against illegal mining, popularly known as ‘galamsey’.
He established the anti-galamsey task force to help salvage the polluted water sources, farmlands, and forests caused by the activities of the illegal miners.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Armed forces launched full-scale investigations into allegations of involvement of its personnel in illegal mining activities.
It followed a JOY NEWS story on the activities of a mining company inside a forest near the Ashanti Region town of Tontokrom that showed soldiers on-site protecting the concession.
A raid by an anti-galamsey task force was cut short when the soldiers allegedly stopped the arrest of seven Chinese miners found on the concession.
A large area in the middle of the forest had been cleared and large trenches dug.
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