President pledges support for arts

A group of artistes waving miniature Ghana flags to acknowlegde President Mahama's presenceThe creative industry is to receive a major boost with the decision of the government to move artistes from the Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs and Culture to a new ministry.

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The government will also allocate sufficient budget for the creative industry, which artistes can access through their affiliate ministry.

The artistes, including actors, writers, poets, singers and painters, welcomed their realignment to a different ministry with a deafening applause when President John Dramani Mahama dropped the hint on  during a courtesy call on him at the Castle, Osu.

They were at the Castle to congratulate President Mahama on his victory in the December presidential election.

The artistes were dressed in all-white to celebrate with President Mahama as the victor in the election.

President Mahama did not name the ministry that the creative industry would be realigned to. He, however, gave an assurance that the realignment of artistes to a new ministry would make the creative industry more vibrant and lucrative.

President Mahama noted that the creative industry was crucial in terms of providing jobs, promoting the country's culture and providing entertainment. Therefore, he said, the government would ensure that the artistes would receive financial support to create and promote their works.

The President stressed the need for artistes to come under one umbrella to promote their interests with a common voice. He reiterated the government's commitment to continue to collaborate with players in the creative industry to facilitate the its growth.

The Spokesperson for the group, Mrs Selasi Ibrahim, thanked the government for earlier allocating GHc2 million for the creative industry. She appealed to President Mahama to increase the allocation to support the works of many more artistes.

Story by Musah Yahaya Jafaru