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Gov’t couldn’t fulfill theaters promise due to no land titles — Socrate Sarfo

Socrate Sarfo has explained why the Nana Akufo-Addo led-administration couldn’t fulfill their 2016 campaign promise to build nine theaters across the country for the creative arts industry.

“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 where 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,” the filmmaker explained.

In the run-up to the December 7, 2016 elections, the then opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) promised to revamp the industry by putting in place pragmatic measures.

They promised to build theatres in every regional capital except Accra to address the crucial age-long challenge the lack of auditoriums and venues for entertainment events have created for the creative arts sector.

But the NPP government couldn’t fulfill the promise contained in their manifesto that won them power in the presidential elections.

Speaking on Power Entertainment on Power 97.9FM, Socrate Sarfo who is the Director of Creative Arts, responsible for Programmes & Projects at National Commission on Culture (NCC) told Agyemang Prempeh, that the government cannot be liable for the delay in building the theaters because there were no proper documentation of the available lands for construction.

According to Socrate Sarfo, “With building the theaters we’ve made steps to build it. We’ve looked for investors to build it. When you read the manifesto we said ‘we persue the constitution of the modern theaters’ but you see, in building it you need a land.

“You know the National Commission on Culture have theaters all over the regions with available lands. We knew it, that is why we promised. It’s not that we were going to purchase a new land. We get to office to realize that the land we knew were there was not documented. I’m telling you for a fact. There are no documents on the lands.”

He stated that the absence of the land documents is one of the many challenges that prevented the government from implementing its manifesto promise.

“When you visit those venues [former] President Kufour start uncompleted theaters. We decided that the theaters are not big enough, so, we would need modern theaters on it. That case, we will build it. We persued the cause, got investors in drafting MoU [Memorandum of Understanding]. Anyone who’s going to build will ask for the land documents, it is based on that you can sign an agreement with someone. When we got in there to realize that there was no land titles and stuff we couldn’t find it. Some of the lands the chiefs gifted us. I’m telling you when you visit the ministry there are several documents we can’t find it.”

By: Bernard Ralph Adams/Mypowerfmonline.com /Ghana

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