Culture Commission directs MMDAs to establish Advisory Boards

By
Dennis Peprah, GNA 

Sunyani, Sept. 3, GNA – The National
Commission on Culture (NCC) on Monday directed all Metropolitan, Municipal and
District Assemblies (MMDAs) to set up Cultural Advisory Boards, as required by
the National Culture Policy.

The Board, according to Madam Janet Edna
Nyame, the Executive Director of the Commission, would collaborate with and
support the various offices of the Centre for National Culture (CNC) to
initiate and implement programmes that would promote and deepen the country’s
culture.

Interacting with District and Municipal
cultural officers and staff of the CNC in Sunyani, as part her two-day working
visit in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Madam Nyame said national development would
not thrive as expected if Ghana’s cultural heritage remained in the dark.

She said the District and Municipal Officers
of the CNC played critical role in highlighting and showcasing the country’s
rich culture, but added that the District Officers needed the support of
traditional authorities and District Assemblies to function effectively.

Madam Nyame said it is the objective of the
Commission to ensure growth and development of cultural institutions and make
them relevant to human development to enhance Ghanaian cultural life.

She said the NCC was aware of the numerous challenges
that hindered ability of the staff of the CNCs to perform but such challenges
should not deter them to do their best as “these challenges are everywhere in
the civil and public service.

“We should try to be innovative and creative
to bring new ideas on board, things that help to promote our culture in our
Regions and Districts”, she said.

Madam Nyame said the Commission was
collaborating with the University of Cape Coast to introduce certificate
programme on Culture and Arts to enable staff to upgrade themselves and help
change the scheme of service of the CNC.

She advised the District and Municipal
Cultural Officers to collaborate with each other, promote team work and
innovate creative ideas that would promote the culture of the people.

Madam Nyame said the District and Municipal
Officers of the CNC has the right to seek for funding to implement cultural
programmes and urged them to always inform the Regional Offices of such
moves.    

Mrs Bernice Deh-Kumah, a Deputy Director of
Programmes, who accompanied the Executive Director, advised the District and
Municipal Cultural Officers to strive hard to indentify, organise and mobilize
various artistic resources in their areas and help develop the commercial
potentials of such resources.

Madam Helen Sanabi Akanyong, the Brong-Ahafo
Regional Director of the CNC, said the visit of the Executive Director was
appropriate and this would inform all their deliberations.

GNA

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