Blakofe Fires Tourism Minister
Former Deputy CEO of Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC), Akua Blakofe, is wondering what has happened to the numerous promises made by the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, when she assumed office.
According to Oheneba Akua Manfo, popularly known as Akua Blakofe, there is absolutely nothing going on.
“Walking around town, you feel the sense of nothingness,” she said in a Facebook post.
Akua Blakofe, in May this year, accused CEO of GTDC, Kwadwo Antwi of failing to live up to the office’s mandate and preferring to travel rather than work.
In a Facebook post in May this year when she confirmed her resignation from the GTDC and cited some irregularities at the company.
According to her, she took the bold decision to resign because she “wanted to work, and not travel and take per diems.” She also claimed she was excluded from carrying out her duties.
After being out of the public’s eye for a while now, Blakofe is back asking what is really going on in the sector following several promises made the by the Minister, Catherine Afeku and various heads in the tourism and creative arts industry.
“Just feel like going for a nice walk. But alas I'm in the Asylum. I'll be competing with goats, stray skinny dogs, hawkers, motorcyclists and crazy drivers. It's ok. I'll stay indoors,” she said jokingly in series of posts on Facebook on Thursday.
Touching on the creative arts sector, she asked “ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ how far with Lumba TV? Agya Koo TV and all the other stuff we were promised for tourism and creative arts? ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚. Masree saaaaaa. Only it's not a laughing matter.”
“I was somewhere today and people are ANGRY paaaaa in The Asylum. I told them to address their anger elsewhere as there's nothing I can do to make people fulfill their promise. Creative Arts Council...I greet you oooo. ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚ ðŸ˜‚,” she added.
Catherine Afeku launched Agya Koo TV in February this year at the Accra Mall promising to follow it up with Daddy Lumba TV. Daddy Lumba TV is yet to be launched.
The Minister had said that, the launch of the TV platform was part of “the business of placing Ghanaian content at the disposal of viewers throughout the world and the artistes are signed on to produce popular content, including already existing content, that will run as a series in the name of the artistes and it is already showing on most of the mobile phones.”
“Do you know we cut the sod for Tetteh Quarshie Museum? How far? Zilch M&E....” Blakofe further quizzed.
In February this year, Catherine Afeku broke grounds for the commencement of the $3m dollar Tetteh Quarshie Cocoa Museum project at Akuapem-Mampong in the Eastern Region.
The museum, the Minister said, will be a one-stop microcosm of the industry, showcasing, under one roof, the upstream and downstream operations of the industry.
That she said was in furtherance of the government’s policy to promote the local consumption of cocoa and increase the contribution of the golden tree to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).