BY: Ewoenam Kpodo|Voltaonlinegh.com|
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the Volta Regional Centre for National Culture (CNC), Mr. Jude Kubiti has bemoaned the lack of government’s commitment towards the completion of the regional theatre, which has been under construction for about 20 years now.
Mr. Kubiti said the delay in completing the multipurpose edifice, was denying the creative arts industry, a befitting theatre to ply their trade and also promote the unique cultural heritage of the region.
“For more than 20 years, it is still not completed. The roofing is now going off and the stage is not anything to write home about; the security in terms of gate in an appalling story,” Mr. Kubiti told Voltaonlinegh.com in an interview.
According to him, the theatre was very crucial to the unearthing of talents creative arts industry, just as a stadium is to footballers; stressing that, budding musicians, actors, fashion designers, among others need the theatre as a platform to exhibit their talents to the world.
Mr. Kubiti was speaking with voltaonlinegh.com on the sidelines of the opening of a 3-day Regional Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFAC) on Wednesday, September 5 at the forecourt of CNC Regional Theatre in Ho.
The first day of the 3-day programme (from 5th-7th September) themed: “Empowering the Youth through Culture, Tourism and Creative Arts for Employment and Wealth Creation” saw exhibitions from various municipalities and districts on display as well as wonderful performances from various cultural troupes showing the rich culture of the region.
The PRO said the dream was to have a Cultural Village “just like we have in Kumasi, Cultural Centre or we have in Greater Accra, Arts Centre which is in under renovation to become something else” with facilities such as accommodation, swimming, etc serving as a complete place for relaxation.”
A former Regional Director of CNC and chairman of the occasion, Dr Prosper Yaw Dzamefe who literally fought for the 92.30 acre parcel of land for the CNC, appealed to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Creative Arts and the Volta Regional Coordinating Council to “vigorously pursue the manifestation of this Cultural Village Project.”