Artiste Manager, Lawrence Nana Asiamah Hanson, aka BullGod, has engaged in a nearly heated debate with filmmaker, Socrate Sarfo, over failed campaign promises of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to the creative arts sector.
Mr. Sarfo, who is NPP loyalist and a government appointee was first to cast an acerbic stone when he blamed the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for the NPP’s government inability to build nine theaters across the country as promised in their 2016 manifesto.
The renowned filmmaker said the ruling party didn’t get access to documents on lands it needed to process the construction of the ultramodern theaters in the country.
“You still see the theater in today’s edition [NPP 2020 manifesto] we promised we’re continuing. What’s delaying the theater is the absence of things we considered were there before we assumed office. Let’s take it like; you and your uncle, you sent him money from abroad to build you a house. Your uncle assures you the house is completed. But when you arrived home there was nothing. The same thing happened to us,” he told Agyemang Prempeh on Power 97.9FM.
But his comments did not go down well with BullGod who campaigned for the NDC and its flagbearer, John Dramani Mahama, in the 2016 elections.
Commenting on what he believes exposes the government’s incompetence and inconsistency he punched loopholes in Socrate’s explanation.
“It pains me an old man like Socrate, he’s worked tremendously in the industry is saying that. But, I’m not marveled because the elder [Nana Akufo-Addo] ruling the country is always inconsistent. Please you know Nana Akufo-Addo said he promised God to build him a cathedral. This is not a lie, right? Initially, he said he wouldn’t use taypayers money for the construction rather investors would build it. But he ended up using taxpayers money to import stones from Israel. The reason why I’m rising this matter is, if Socrate is on phone saying there’s no land, the Cathedral when they were about constructing it, it was government’s residence and they demolished it to pave way for the construction.
“If he’s saying that those old but uncompleted theaters President Kufour built, can’t they demolish and construct new ones from scratch? If Kufuor didn’t get land titles how did he constructed the theater? Couldn’t they [the government] bring it down like they did demolish houses before the construction of the Cathedral and promised to build from scratch? If an old man like Socrate talks that way it’s really sad,” he said.
In a riposte, Socrate indicated that merely promising to build theaters is a street talk and contrast with the reality in government.
“Agyemang, please you know sometimes I don’t know how to explain it, but sometimes, we can talk street-wise but when you get to government, where technicalities are at play, you will realize it’s not how you thought about things is the reality. When you’re signing an agreement with a private businessman who’s investing in a project, you’re signing an agreement, leasing a land to the person that is not something to merely say it’s government’s land.”
Formerly known as Bulldog interrupted saying, “If there were existing theaters like you said clearly, belongs to the National Commission on Culture, I have been to Sunyani, Koforidua and I’m saying that, if you’ve difficulties with lands, then, whatever is on the lands, the best thing you can do is to pull those buildings down and build new ones.”
In responding to the argument, Socrate said, “It’s technically and legally not easy as you’re saying. Legally, it’s not as easy as you’re saying it.” adding, “Listen to me. I said legally, do you understand?”
The CEO of Bullhaus Entertainment brushed off the claim arguing that, “You had three years and couldn’t complete the legal process but within a few months you were about to demolish government residence and raise the Cathedral.”
“Over eights years you were in power, yet you could not put these documentations in place. Eight years you couldn’t put the documentation in place. We assumed office and three years we’re doing it,” he replied.
BullGod further insinuated the NPP government does not have the creative arts industry at heart, and if they had, they would’ve built the promised ultramodern theaters.
“I’m not interested in propaganda. I’m interested in discussing real issues,” Socrate muttered.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams/Mypowerfmonline.com/ Ghana