President of Music Council of Ghana, Mr. Nester Ekow Micah and other players in the arts industry, have stated that the creation of the Creative Arts Council by government is undemocratic, illegal, and against the conventions in the creation of Councils.
Mark Okraku Mantey, Music Producer and Programmes Manager of Hitz FM, on Wednesday, 1st March, 2017, was appointed by the Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Madam Catherine Afeku, to head the new Creative Arts Council with daughter of Nana Addo, president of Ghana, Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, as the Secretary.
But Mr. Micah, is of the opinion that the creation of the Council is not in order. Resorting to his Facebook wall, the ‘Aba’ hitmaker noted: “fellow creative artists of Ghana, admirers, and lovers of creative arts in the world, here marks a clear evident that African politicians has no respect for our creative Arts Industry.
“Last Wednesday, 1st March, 2017, the current minister of Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, Hon. Catherine Afeku, went ahead to launch an undemocratic so call political Creative Arts Council without the practical involvement of the concerns of patriot creative artists in Ghana.
“We demand an explanation. Which part of the world, do government, imposes, councils in N.G. O. Honorable minster, I advise you quickly go back and do your research and educate yourself from the survey of the United Nations that a non-profit organization (N.G.O), is a not- profit organization that is independent from states and international government organizations.”
In a usual Rastafarian tone, he ended, “How long will you stand aside and look unconcerned? Comments now. # Freedom Creative Artist, Freedom.”
Talent manager, Enoch Agyapong, Art/Culture Advocate and former member of GAPI, Mr. Francis Mensah Twum, and President of the Musicians and Dancers Association of Ghana (MUDAG) also former Central region MUSIGA Chairman, Mr. George William-Dickson, all share a somewhat similar view with Mr. Micah. To them, the Council does not have an LI backing it to run, hence, its existence is illegal.
Below are their concerns:
“……Can anyone tell me if the legislative instrument that gives legal backing to the body been passed? If so when was it? ……An LI doesn’t go on the floor for debates but has to be laid in parliament for 21 days and if there are no objections, it becomes law.
“The draft is already in place so a simple stakeholders meeting as a new government is all what is needed to kick start the process” – – -Francis Mensah Twum.
“…The industry has suffered all these years because of improper ways of doing things and actions like this, how can you be president of something that doesn’t exist? What stops us as human beings from doing things the right way? Let’s put our energy into passing the L.I. else all of this won’t make sense” – – – Enoch Agyapong.
“…..Is the Creative Arts Council going to be registered? If yes which people will be the directors? Should in case the government register it, can the government run an NGO to oversee the activities of other NGO’s?” – – George William-Dickson.