Socrates Fights Minister Over GH¢100
The Chief Executive of Movie Africa Productions, Socrates Sarfo, is up in arms against Abla Dzifa Gomashie, Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts over matters relating to the funeral of Professor John Evans Atta Mills of blessed memory.
Mr. Sarfo complained that after more than a year since the death of former president Atta Mills, a group of actors hired by government to perform as part of his funeral activities, have still not been paid.
He said the actors, numbering about 200, were hired to perform in Accra and Cape Coast, hometown of the ex-president, with an agreement that they would be given an amount of GH¢100 each for both performances.
He said the money has since not been paid and all attempts to get it have proved futile.
The Movie Africa boss therefore took his anger to the doorstep of the deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, who is actually the link between the creative arts players and government.
According to Mr. Sarfo, before the appointment of Dzifa Gomashie to the deputy ministerial position, she was very vocal in trumpeting the need for government to take care of the creative arts players, but she is now telling the actors to exercise patience as government does not have enough money to pay them GH¢100 each.
This was how Mr. Sarfo expressed his grievance on social media: ‘Folks, could you believe the 200-man contingent of the Ghana Actors Guild (GAG) who performed in Accra and Cape Coast during the funeral of President Atta Mills have still not been paid their GH¢100 allowance for both performances? The whole amount is GH¢20,000.
‘Yet the deputy Minister for Creative Arts who was also a performer and cried for better treatment from government just some few months back is saying there is no money so the actors should exercise patience. What a world?’
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