Saturday, September 29, 2007
How to make Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture effective
By: MICHAEL AKENOO
WHEN the government created the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture last year, it assumed the full responsibility of promoting and developing Ghana’s culture.
Thus, the National Commission on Culture which previously had the mandate for this responsibility was subsumed under the authority of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture.
In order to fulfill its mandate of transforming this country and leading her into development, the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture should establish strong links with all the sector Ministries of the country and create an effective mechanism for the flow of information and data between it and the other ministries in the context of the country’s development agenda.
The setting up of this mechanism is necessary because culture is the sum total way of life of a people, and culture is also the vehicle through which any group of people or nation can attain enlightment and for that matter, development.
It is necessary that all Ghana’s development aspirations should relate to her progressive contemporary cultural values and practices. Since no country can achieve any meaningful development without first developing her culture, Ghana should be able to achieve development by making her culture to influence and dictate all her national aspirations towards development.
In order to make all the development programmes of this country viable and worth undertaking, the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture should be able to educate Ghanaians on the importance of culture through workshops, seminars, lectures etc. in order to erase the gross ignorance about culture among Ghanaians.
This must be the first undertaking by the Ministry before it can put itself in the position as the advisor and the monitoring agent of all planning and development programmes for the country by the various sector Ministries in the country.
Having given sound education to all Ghanaians, especially those in key positions of planning and advising the government as well as implementing policies on development programmes of the country, the ministry should then develop her own programmes of development of the implementation by the various sector ministries.
That way the country will make tremendous progress and achieve results in all her development programmes in a short time as compared to what she has been able to achieve so far since attaining independence in 1957.
Fortunately, there is a good political will prevailing in the country now for a possible realization of what I have advanced for the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture to adopt as its modus operandi.
I believe the government has played a great part by realizing the great importance of culture and establishing a whole Ministry for Culture. The onus now lies on the Ministry to play its part and live up to expectation to justify its existence.
I am highly optimistic that, the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture will be able to play its great role, and thus, transform Ghana to become one of the most progressive and powerful countries in Africa and in the world at large.
(The writer is a Theatre Critic)
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