Obour’s reign ends in June 2019

BY: Linda Safoa Antwi
MUSIGA president, Obour
MUSIGA president, Obour

After two terms in office, President of the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA), Bice Osei Kuffuor (Obour) and his team will hand over power to a new administration in June 2019.

At its first Biennial Conference which was held in Cape Coast last weekend, the Union fixed June 18, 2019 as the date for its national elections.

General Secretary of the Union, Deborah Freeman, who announced this also revealed that regional elections will be held on October 25, 2019.

The conference was under the theme: “Building a Vibrant Union for National Development,” and the Central regional Minister, Kwamena Duncan, was the Guest of Honour.

He assured the Union of government's support in its work to ensure the welfare of musicians in the country.

He congratulated MUSIGA for holding the conference and called on musicians to continue to play a meaningful role in society through music that uplifts, heals and guides the nation.

MUSIGA President, Bice Osei Kuffour reiterated the Union’s call on government to reintroduce music education into basic school curriculum to create jobs for the teeming number of musicians with teaching skills.

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He also entreated government to make the KPMG's Comprehensive Study on the Music Sector, a focal point of its interventions in the sector.

Deputy Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress (TUC), Joshua Ansah, said the informal sector of the economy has a huge impact on national development and musicians play a crucial in it.

He noted that since MUSIGA is a member of the Union of Informal Workers Association (UNIWA) which is affiliated to the TUC, it will benefit from the technical support the TUC provides.

The conference was attended by regional executives from all over Ghana with a State Attorney from the Copyright Office, Dorothy Habadah present.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Ghana Culture Forum (GCF), Creative Arts Council and Samrit Hotel supported the conference.