Make CNC autonomous to preserve Ghana’s cultural heritage

By Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Cape Coast, Jan. 23, GNA – Regional Heads of
the Centre for National Culture (CNC) have appealed to Government to make the
institution an autonomous entity to perform it’s duties efficiently and

They said the practice where successive
governments politically align them to various ministries, has diverted the
focus of the organization with little emphasis on cultural promotion.

Madam Carl Oparebea, the Central Regional
Director of CNC and the Dean of Directors and Accountants, made the appeal at a
Conference of Regional Directors and Accountants in Cape Coast.

The event was held underthe theme
“Contemporary Administration of Ghana’s Culture, CNC in Perspective”.

The centres are mandated with the powers to
initiate policies and programmes for the dissemination and propagation of ideas
to promote the country’s national pride, solidarity and consciousness.

Madam Oparebea said cultural promotion is key
to the growth and development of cultural institutions and make them relevant
to human development to enhance the cultural life of the Ghanaian.

She urged the participants to collaborate
effectively with stakeholders to enhance team work; be innovative and
democratic to enhance the national cultural integration and cohesion.

The Dean of Directors and Accountants gave a
run-down of some challenges including logistics, staff, and the inability of
the Centre to retain a quantum of its Internally Generated Funds (IGF) to
support their activities.

Madam Oparebea said the centres served as
places for research, training and capacity building platform and culture
promotion and needed the requisite equipment to keep proper records on the
country’s cultural heritage and historic sites.

She appealed to government to resource them
adequately, adding that national development would not thrive as expected if
Ghana’s cultural heritage remained in the dark.

Madam Janet Edna Nyame, the Executive Director
of the National Commission on Culture an Creative Arts, said the meeting was
intended to strengthen the bond between the managers of the regional cultural
centres and the Ministry as well as share ideas and strategise to make the
centres financially viable.

She said the Board would collaborate with and
support Regional Directors and Accountants at the centres to initiate and
implement programmes that would promote and deepen the country’s cultural

She said there were a myriad of challenges in
the sector and announced plans and strategies by government to reverse the
abysmal trend to make Ghana the best destination for tourism and investment

“We are aware of the numerous challenges
that hinder the ability of staff of CNC to perform but such challenges should
not deter you to do your best, she said, and urged them to show greater
commitments and dedication to work while upgrading themselves to meet the
global requirement for cultural administration and promotion.

Mr Benyameen Sam Keelson, Western Regional
Director and the Secretary for CNC, advised the Directors to strive hard to
identify, organise and mobilize various artistic resources in their respective
regions and help develop the commercial potentials of such resources.


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