Creative arts needs investment to curb unemployment Dr Bawumia

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the presidential running mate of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) has acknowledged the importance of creative arts and entertainment in curbing unemployment in Ghana.

The renowned economist believes that investments into the sector could give job opportunities to the countless number of Ghanaian.

In 2012, the government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the allotted and disbursed an amount of ¢2 million to the sector, which was assessed by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).

Pundits and experts have called for greater support for the sector which has the potential of reducing unemployment in the country and also contributing to the country’s GDP.

Dr. Bawumia in an interview on Daybreak Hitz on Hitz FM Wednesday noted that Ghana has over the years failed to recognise the opportunities and potential of the creative arts sector.

“Unfortunately, I don’t think Ghana we have recognised that the opportunities and prospects for dealing with youth unemployment. One aspect of the missing link is the lack of adequate investment in the arts and entertainment industry,” he said.

The NPP, he noted, believes that “If you invest in this industry with say $50 million or $100 million, it can make a major change.”

To do that effect, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said Akufo-Addo, disclosed in his Real State of the Nation Address promised his administration will setup a fund for the creative arts sector.

Story by Ghana | | Ernest Dela Aglanu (Twitter: @delaXdela / Instagram: citizendela)

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