Michael Ola says the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) newly launched 2020 manifesto on creative arts is disrespectful, disappointing and deceptive.
The arts practitioner who supports the National Democratic Congress (NDC) believes that the paperwork only exposes the ignorance of the NPP.
Akufo-Addo’s government has promised to build recording studios in Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Western Regions.
These studios will be established in Kumasi, Accra, Tema and Takoradi.
The Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia said on August 22, during the launch of the NPP’s 2020 manifesto in the Central Region.
Ola Michael believes that the new promise is a deviation from what was documented in the 2016 manifesto of the party.
He added that the ruling party has failed the sector by not honouring its 18 promises as captured in the 2016 manifesto.
“I feel the NPP doesn’t take the industry serious, they don’t respect it; they don’t really want to know what the creative industry is”
“You promised to build theatres; you couldn’t and now you’re promising to build recording studios. In 2017 or so, Mark Okraku-Mantey at GHAMRO’s annual general meeting said the government intends to build an ultra–modern sound recording studio. Even some of the NPP folks said it wasn’t what the industry needed. Now, they’ve found a way to push that same thing into their manifesto, saying they will build studios in 4 regions. I think the NPP is playing with us…”
“Even if you’re ashamed of not fulfilling any of the 18 promises you made in 2016, at least, you could have captured them in this manifesto and give reasons for the failure and how you intend to achieve them. You don’t turn a total blind eye to what you promise in 2016. It’s a total deception, disrespect and show of ignorance of what the industry needs”, he stated.
Others stakeholders in the arts industry have also called out the NPP for promising more when they’ve failed to honour previous promises.