Saturday, August 4, 2007
Koforidua Centre for National Culture abandoned
By: MICHAEL AKENOO
THE Koforidua Centre for National Culture, Formerly called koforidua Arts and Culture Centre is believed to be one of the early capital intensive projects initiated by the C.P.P regime under Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Unfortunately, this gigantic theatre complex project was abandoned after the overthrow of President Nkrumah in February, 1966.
As at now, only about one-third of the entire project has been completed, leaving the rest of the project at a stand still. The auditorium where theatrical performances are to be held is yet to be put up. The “Green House” where artists use as dressing rooms is also not ready for use. Snack bar, toilet facilities, restaurant and canteen are also not completed. Only one conference hall has been completed which is located in the main administrative building.
Equipment, furniture, carpets curtains etc. are yet to be provided in the main administrative block which is not fully completed. It is only in the Director’s office that one can find some furniture.
In fact, this is the present deplorable picture of the once highly fancied prestigious theatre complex project which was begun in a whirl wind fashion with great expectation only to become a nine day wonder up to this day!
Huge sums of money running into millions of cedis have been spent on this project and if it is to be abandoned completely, it will be a great waste and also detrimental to the interest of the country.
To this end, the project must be reactivated and continued to completion as originally planned.
With the establishment of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture and also the fact that a favourable and conducive atmosphere is prevailing at the moment in the promotion and development of the arts and culture of this country, this is the most appropriate time for the Koforidua Culture Complex project to be revisited and given attention for its completion in the shortest possible time.
In the light of this favourable atmosphere for the promotion, and development of the arts and culture of this country, I appeal to the Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture to see to the Koforidua Cultural Centre project as one of his priorities in the programme he has planned for the promotion, and development of the arts and culture of this country.
He must see the Koforidua Culture Complex project as a major target for achievement during his tenure of office.
In an interview with Kingsley Obeng, the Director of the Centre, it came to light that apart from the completion of this gigantic cultural project, there are problems of staffing logistics and finance.
The Koforidua Cultural Complex must be completed so that it will become a prototype for the rehabilitation of all cultural projects that have similarly suffered neglect and abandonment through out the country.
It must be noted that the cultural centres in the regional capitals throughout the country are the focal point from which cultural programmes and activities are planned and implemented for the promotion and development and of the arts and culture of this country.
Any thing short of these requirements will frustrate all the efforts that are made for the promotion and development of the arts and culture of this country.
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