By Bertha Badu-Agyei/Millicent
Tamakloe/Abigail Yadago, GNA
Koforidua, Nov. 15, GNA – The National
Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) held its second regional day celebration
with performances and presentations from the Bono, Central, Western and Upper
East regions, in Koforidua.
All four regions made presentations on the
rich resources and tourist sites located in their regions and stressed on the
need for the youth to be empowered to venture into arts and culture for wealth
creation and national development.
Mr Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu, Western North
Regional Minister, said there is a need for a policy on “Youth in Tourism” as
it has been done with the ‘Youth in Forestry’ programme to ignite the interest
of the youth on the several opportunities that abound in the tourism sector.
He said once the programme has attracted the
youth into the sector, they would focus on our cultural heritage to create jobs
and employment opportunities for them.
The Minister also called on investors to
invest in the tourism adding that “every region in the country has tourism
potentials and must be developed as a means to promote our culture and create
jobs too for our teeming youth”
Mr Stephen Siaka, Deputy Bono Regional
Minister, said the creative industry does not have enough support to attract
the youth and called on all stakeholders to devise strategies to redefine the
taste for locally made goods.
He said the Ghanaian culture revolves around
the creative industry, yet industry players suffer in terms of marketing and
expressed the hope that NAFAC would be used to focus on how to promote arts and
creativity to become sources of livelihoods for the youth
Mr Thomas Yaw Agyei Baffour, Deputy Central
Regional Minister, used the occasion to call for investors in the salt
production industry adding the region has a lot of that natural resource and
could be harnessed for job creation.
Alhaji Ibrahim Habillah, Upper West Region
representative, said each region has unique culture features and traditions
that gave them an identity which must be projected.
There would be a youth day celebration to be
held under the theme: “Empowering the Youth through Culture, Tourism and
Creative Arts for Employment and Wealth Creation”, at the Centre for
National Culture (CNC) Auditorium on Tuesday.