FOCAP is calling on parliamentary select committee on finance for the accountability of the GH COVID 19 Tracker App launch.
Foudation Of Concerned Arts Professionals(FOCAP), has follwed with keen interest the development surrounding the recent launch of the Gh covid 19 tracker app and the virtual concert that followed up.
Focap as an advocacy and pressure group finds it worrying the level of miscommunication and deceit on the part of Government and the level of incompetence exhibited from the creative arts leadership to come clean on whether they paid our valued artists who performed during the launch of the covid 19 tracker.
Indeed it’s appalling and disappointing to have government officials telling us and insisting they never paid a dime to the said musicians who participated during the substandard virtual concert yet the very same musicians are telling Ghanaians they were paid an alleged amount of five thousand Ghana cedis for fuel.
In fact a member of the Government and an appointee of the National Commission on Culture, Socrates Safo has collaborated what the Artist said by confirming that he took envelopes containing monies from the Ghana Tourism Authority “G.T.A” which is also a Government body and gave it to these artist personally.
To add up to the confusion the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Hon. Rockson Nelson Dafiamepkor disclosed that an amount of 1.4million Ghana Cedis was spent on the entire Event.
Whiles FOCAP sees this as very unfortunate and disturbing to the Creative arts industry, we believe accountability should be our hallmark in times and situations like this.
FOCAP recalls instances where Government have not been accountable but rather brushed of questions raised with regards to major activities like AFRIMA and its 4.5 million dollar deal which was abrogated, a budget allocation of 2.4 million Ghana cedis for a Creative Council that has no Legal Backing, master Classes brouhaha, sponsorship of overseas trips of an illegal Council and a host of others.
If government cannot be accountable and open to the very people they are serving then it leaves much to be desired.
FOCAP is beginning to believe that the Creative industry is being used by some individuals in government to enrich themselves if not why then are they refusing to account to us just like they do account to other sectors.
We cannot allow the creative arts industry to be insulted in this manner by lying to the industry with peanuts as fuel and insulting the intelligence of the industry with lies of not paying our Respected Artists.
FOCAP is therefore pleading with the Parliamentary Select Committee on
Finance to investigate these issues to help the Creative Sector rest on this matter.
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