I have read with keen interest that music producer, Appietus on Okay Fm’s Entertainment Show, hosted by Halifax has suggested that the current minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi should be sacked by the president, Nana Akuffo Addo.
Such unfortunate comment from an industry gatekeeper from no less a person like Appietus, gets me fidget with a lot of unanswered questions when it was these same gatekeepers who got the former minister, Catherine Afeku removed on the grounds of incompetency and non-performance.
Edem Agbana, Deputy National Youth Organiser for NDC, veteran journalist, Ebo Quansah on Starr Fm’s Starr Chat and others crucified Catherine Afeku’s administration without any solid proof.
I remember in my articles dated, Friday, December 7, 2018 with the headline “Catherine Afeku will not resign as creative arts minister, she should fix our industry” was met with so many comments and backlash. We are back again with the “Sack the Minister” crusade as our only best bet solution.
This nonsense must cease. We should be seen as criticising constructively and professing solutions way forward. Some of us know how some NPP creative arts players master-minded the Catherine Afeku coup d’etat because of their selfish interest. These same people wanted to have their own way and make things easy for themselves and pushed for a new minister. One will ask what the heck the problem is again.
We are aware certain positions have been either legally or illegally created for NPP creative art gatekeepers to change the industry story but to no avail. Some have also taken positions as board members and we are yet to ascertain their relevance?
We cannot give the same excuse of asking president Nana Akuffo Addo to sack Barbara Oteng Gyasi. We cannot be doing the same thing all the time and expect different results. Let’s help her to fix the creative industry! And let’s stop the nonsense of today sack, tomorrow sack. The minster is trying so hard to achieve the manifesto promises which indeed needs the support of all and sundry especially the NPP creative arts players. When president Nana Akuffo Addo announced the change, what did the creative arts for change (NPP Branch) say?
We called for it, let’s help fix it and show the directions. Barbara Oteng Gyasi will stay in office and won’t move. The Sack the Minister nonsense must stop and let’s breathe.
Kojo Preko Dankwa