Okraku Mantey Is Too Weak To Hold Akufo Addo To Account - Sam George
Samuel Nartey George, maintains that Mark Okraku Mantey cannot do any good for the creative arts because he is
Sam George has accused Okraku Mantey of being in President Akufo-Addo's pocket.
According to the Ningo-Prampram MP, Mark Okraku Mantey as the Deputy Minister nominee for the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry is an error because he is not bold enough to hold the President to promises made.
While speaking on Starr Chat, Sam George stated that Okraku Mantey is just someone that wants the power of the post without having the responsibilities.
He maintained that the problem in the Creative Arts sector is that industry players fail to hold politicians to their promise and Okraku Mantey is the last person to represent the industry because he can't hold anyone to anything.
“We don’t have the creative arts industry beginning to hold the government to account because they are playing politics; this person wants to be the shining star so that when they come, they make him minister for creative arts and culture or deputy minister, I’m referring to Mark Okraku Mantey,” he said.
"What has Mark done to hold Nana Addo whom he campaigned for in 2016, who promised to build theatres for the creative arts, what has been Mark’s input right now that the cinemas are closed and the creative arts cannot flourish and they don’t have any source of livelihood, what has Mark used his proximity to Nana Addo to do for the creative arts?" he questioned?
Sam George noted the disparity between religious centres and cinemas, as churches are open for services while the livelihoods of moviemakers are closed shut.
He pointed out that despite the President’s directives, many bars in Accra are open.
“so if today you open the national theatre and say we should skip one seat or two seats, can they not still sell the tickets and make a living?”
“We are not opening the cinemas, we are not opening the theatres but churches are filling out the fantasy dome and doing programmes there, we are having church services. So, can’t we also open the cinemas and do social distancing there and observe the protocols?”
“You, Mark Okraku Mantey, you’ve been appointed deputy minister, what did you do? Have you held Nana Addo to account for his promises when you campaigned for him?” he concluded.