Speaking to Kwasi Aboagye on the Entertainment Review show, Mr. Kufuor who is simply referred to as Obour stated that his presidency has brought some initiatives into fruition citing the support members get for Skills Development under the COTVET programme aimed at sharpening the skills of musicians to stay trendy and adaptable.
“I have championed the MUSIGA Academy where a 3 week course is rolled out catering for artiste management, tour management and related projects at NAFTI” adding “I toiled to bring the Midland ‘AJUMAPA’ loan scheme so members with business plans can access a loan facility covering album projects, concert organizing as well as others.”
According to Obour although some beneficiaries failed to honour their duty to the finance house leading to a freeze, matters have been resolved such that paid up MUSIGA members with viable plans for projects can come for MUSIGA letter heads and access the loan.
The ‘konkontiba’ singer pointed out that since independence, there had not been a comprehensive data mobilization on creative people in the country investors can look to and for government to use in formulating policy but his presidency has enabled such data to be collated with support from stakeholders.
He mentioned car price awarded to one who emerges tops at the Music Awards as something to be proud of adding that rolling out the Music Week, MUSIGA Grand Ball have all provided jobs for MUSIGA members and creative folks stressing that the Ghana Music Week has offered jobs to over 2000 people spanning cultural bands, musicians, dancers and technical persons.
“I thank delegates for assisting me to roll all out all these programmes in my first term and as the vision bearer with more to do, I entreat them to retain me by voting for me to emerge the winner at the Koforidua election to complete the dream and complete on-going projects” Obuor said.
On what his plans are should he win, the Legon alumnus pledged to even shine more light on Ghana music forms to the world mentioning that he seeks to make the regional offices of MUSIGA attractive and self-sufficient.
He further stated noticing that certain creative persons seek to join the MUSIGA Union but are constrained because they are not professional performers, he will create a platform for them to join the union as trainee members.
On claims that he squandered the 2million Cedis given the creative arts sector, the MUSIGA president debunked such claims stressing that he had provided due account of the funds to auditors, the Ministry of Finance with a copy on the MUSIGA website for any well intentioned person to peruse.
He pointed out that if indeed he had squandered the funds, he would have been dragged to the Public Accounts Committee to answer.
Barring any injunction on the election, the congress and election is slated for the 29th, 30th and 31st of October 2015 at Koforidua, the Eastern Regional capital.
Obour is competing against Appietus and Gyedu Blay Ambulley for the presidential slot.
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