The CEO of Speech Production, Enoch Agyapong has come in opposing view of the operations of the creative arts council stating that the council’s operation is as illegal as ‘Menzgold Ghana’.
Hon. Catherine Afeku, Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture in March last year inaugurated the Creative Arts Council, headed by Mark Okraku Mantey. Also appointed to the Council was Gyankroma Akufo-Addo, daughter of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and actress Bibi Bright as Secretary.
Since its inauguration, not much had been heard from the council with many industry persons concluding that it was just a façade by the government to create the impression it cared about the sector.
God being so good, the president of the council revealed earlier last week that the council has received Ghc 2.4m as part of it budget which will be used in building an ultra-modern studio for the creative arts industry.
Well, it appears some stakeholders do not concur with the President and his council on this one and Enoch Agyapong is one of the outspoken ones to have lashed out the council’s autonomous decision – on social media.
Expressing his opinion on Adom Entertainment Hall with MikeTwo, Enoch Agyapong revealed that the council has no legal backing to it actions and operations, adding that it is being operated as a private entity.
According to Enoch, he disagrees with the decision made by the President of Ghana to award such an amount to a council that has no law backing it, hence can’t phantom why the money was given to an individual who is a ‘president’ of an imaginary council.
“We are endorsing an illegality. The creative arts council can be compared to the operations of Menzgold. An illegality is an illegality, i can’t phantom why the government has endorsed another illegality. How can you give money to a council that has no law backing it, a council that does not exist and a president that is a president over air? And that is our problem”, he lamented
He added that the said money has been given to Mark Okraku Mantey as compensation for his job for the NPP during their campaign era.
“This is a political way to compensate foot soldiers. No one is against the good of the industry, we need investments but we must use the right channels, we have witnessed such occurrences and instances before. From day one, we have stated that this council is bogus!”
The leader of the ‘Vhim Crew’ called on other stakeholders to stop condoning illegalities which he fears might become a canker in the industry. He quizzed that which parliament approved the amount that has been awarded to Mark Okraku Mantey?