The Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ibrahim Mohammed Awal, has inaugurated three governing boards of agencies under the ministry, with a call on the members to come up with strategic plans that will make the country the preferred tourism destination in Africa.
He said although the sector had significant potential to drive economic growth and job creation, such a vision could only be achieved with a strategic plan.
According to the minister, the launch of the ‘Beyond the Return’ project was a deliberate plan by the ministry to return the sector to its pre-coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic era, when it recorded steady progress.
The agencies whose boards were inaugurated in Accra yesterday are the National Film Authority (NFA), the National Commission on Culture (NCC) and the National Theatre of Ghana (NTG).
Veteran actor, Mr David Dontoh, was reappointed Chairman of the NFA Board, with Ms Juliet Asante as the Executive Secretary of the 14-member board.
The other members are Yaa Akyema Attafua, Ms Josephine Ohene-Osei, Dr Ramatu Mustapha Dadzie and Mr Samuel Fiscian.
The rest are Messrs Zakaria Abdulai, Kofi Mathew, Narte B. Nartey, Kofi Ohemeng Owusu, Samuel Gyandoh and Ernest Yaw Boateng, Ms Rukiyatu Naa Ayikaley Ankrah and Ms Akofa Edjeani.
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Dr Awal chairs the Governing Board of the NCC, with Ms Janet Edna Nyame, Ms Gifty Twum-Ampofo (a Deputy Minister of Education), Ms Fatima Abubakar and Kwaku T. Danso-Misa as members.
Others are Ms Dzifa Kemevor, Osagyefo Kwame Akonu X, Nana Ama Serwaa Bonsu, Ms Christine O. Asare and Ms Shirley Nana Akua Frimpomaa-Manso.
The rest are Sheikh Zakariah M. Seebaway, Alex Lucky Mensah, Felix Otis Tsibo-Datlo, Dr Misonu Amu, Kofi Adu, Adjetey Anang, Abdulai Awudu, Issahaque Serikpera Naa, Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata and Issiah Kwadwo Ampong.
Nana Fredua-Agyeman Ofori-Atta was reappointed Chairman of the nine-member board of the NTG.
Ms Amy Frimpong was appointed as the Executive Director, with Dr Misonu Amu, Kofi Adu, Adjetey Anang, Abdulai Awudu, Issahaque Serikpera Naa, Prof. Dzodzi Tsikata and Prof. Awo Mana Asiedu as members.
Dr Awal urged members of the boards to effectively collaborate to bring the vision of their respective agencies to reality.
““The arts and tourism industry is the number three gross domestic product (GDP) generator in the country; we are committed to earning GHc5 billion annually, and I am confident that these boards will spearhead the agenda,” he said.
Nana Ofori-Atta, Mr Dontoh and Osagyefo Akonu, on behalf of the members of the various boards, pledged their commitment to help in the realisation of the President’s vision of making the country the preferred arts, culture and tourism hub in Africa.
They expressed appreciation for the confidence reposed in them and said they would use their respective expertise to help grow the sector.