Koforidua: The National Festival of Art And Culture, 2019 Launched

As part efforts to develop, promote and enhance arts, culture and tourism in the country, the National Festival of Art and Culture, 2019 has been launched at the Koforidua Culture Center.

This launch is on the theme: "Empowering the Youth through Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts for Employment and Wealth Creation.

Many dignitaries present were; the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Samuel Nuertey Ayetey, the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi, the Kontihene of New Juaben Traditional Council, Baffour Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng, the Executive Director of the National Commission on Culture, Mrs Janet Edna Nyame,  Eastern Regional Chief Imam and many more.

Speaking to the media, the Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ziblim Barri Iddi, who spoke on behalf of the minister, said, there  have been great opportunities for operators and stakeholders in the sector due to pragmatic policies by the government.

To continue, the Deputy Minister said there are lots of other policies yet to be implemented to make the sector an attractive venture for the youth.

''We are using NAFAC 2019 to really discuss the industry to see how we can bring connections between the industry and people looking for a job, especially the youth. That is exactly what we want to do. We want to bring practitioners of the industry to educate the youth as in the opportunities available in this sector" he revealed.

He, again, indicated it will be less important to complete any level of school and be in the house complaining of no job so he, therefore, appealed to the youth, especially to look into this direction and create jobs for themselves without crying loud to the government.

''You don't have to always complete school and be sitting at home for a job from the government when you can create a job in the creative art and culture sector'' he argued.

He revealed, the government through the Ministry have created over 300, 000 jobs.

However, the Deputy Eastern Regional Minister, Samuel Nuertey Ayertey who also spoke on behalf of the Regional Minister, Eric Kwakye Daffour retreated this year's celebration will be the best because our culture unite us as one.

He stated that, government is doing  it's best through the ministry to address the unemployment situation in the country.

The Kontihene of New Juaben Traditional Area, Nana Baffour Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng mentioned the industry sector needs to be improved hence more capital should be a pump in for the development of the country's economy.

Source: Ocansey Stephen/Joydaddymultimedia.com/BrytFM

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