The Member of Parliament for Ketu South, Abla Dizfa Gomeshie, and her colleague MP for Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro, Sylvester Tetteh, took over from regular hosts Alfred Ocansey and Helen Appiah Ampofo as they brilliantly hosted the special Christmas edition of the 3FM Sunrise morning show.
In her presentation, Dzifa Gomashie, who is a renowned actress, film maker and a former Deputy Minister of Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture, emphasized the need for the government and other entrepreneurs to invest and develop the creative arts industry considering its enormous potentials for job creation and revenue generation.
She also admonished people to pay attention to the business side of entertainment as well as urged the media to be more professional in arts and entertainment reporting since it is a specialized field that is a business.
“Editors should invite the right people to be doing the pre- and post-event discussions so that even the untrained freelance entertainment bloggers and reporters can learn from [it] but the mainstream also gives their platform for just anyone to talk about the industry. It adds to the narrative that we are not serious, it becomes a worry if they turn around and complain that the industry is not developing,” Dzifa Gomashie stated.
The creative arts advocate maintained that entertainers are serious people and just as professional as the entertainment industry.
“We went to school to study journalism, we went to school to study sound engineering, we went to school to study dance, we went to school to study theatre and then you don’t give us the space to work to show that it is a profession but give chance to anybody who can just talk,” she lamented
On his part, Sylvester Tetteh highlighted the tourism activities of the Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro and called for the protection and preservation of the ‘Soro We’ forest located at Bortianor in his constituency. He said the forest is being depleted by encroachers.
He also expressed worry over how human activities along the Densu River (Weija Dam) are affecting both the dam and nearby settlements which cost the country so much money.
“If you go to Bortianor, there is a very old forest that is being threatened today. People are depleting it. We call it the ‘Soro We’. It has a rich history and must be preserved and developed for tourism,” Sylvester Tetteh mentioned.
He mentioned that his constituency has farming areas and houses the Weija Irrigation Site at Tuba Community.
The irrigation project has been in existence for over 40 years and the land has lost its fertility, having being tilled for that long hence emphasized the need to deploy modern technology to promote greenhouse farming and ensure increased yields
The MP also wants security to be enhanced within the coastal stretch of the Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro Constituency since it has most of the beautiful beaches that attract a lot of tourists.
He, however, revealed that land litigation is undermining the tourism potentials and development of the area.
Both MPs seized the opportunity to highlight the tourism and economic potentials of their respective constituencies.
They urged investors to consider investing in Ketu South and Bortianor Ngleshie Amanfro constituencies for better returns.
By Samuel Afriyie Owusu|3news.com|Ghana