Micheal Akrofi, the Koforidua Peace FM Correspondent, has confirmed that the inaugurated Cultural Center at Koforidua is under lock and the contractor is in possession of the keys. The facility has no chairs, he added.
The reporter, speaking on Peace FM’s Entertainment Review on January 26, 2019 explained that indeed the cultural center has been completed and inaugurated with some lighting and sound facilities provided. Meanwhile, the facility is still under lock and the keys still with the contractor which makes it impossible to access.
The reporter further said that, it’s being rumored that the contractor still has the keys because he’s not been fully settled for his work done. He continued that the place was opened and filled with ‘rented’ chairs for the inauguration when the renovation was completed.
Meanwhile, when he, the reporter, went back to the place, it was then realized that the place can’t be accessed because the contractor still had the keys. According to the reporter, peeping through the sliding windows, he again realized the place was without the chairs seen at the inauguration ceremony.
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One of the shows pundit, however, explained that the place has 500 chairs out of the proposed 1500 and also ceiling fans installed instead of air conditions.
The Koforidua Cultural Centre which was started in 1964, under the late Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah but was left unattended to by the successive governments.
The Deputy Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Dr Ziblim Iddi at the inaugural ceremony said, the completion was to fulfill the manifesto promise of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to complete the various regional cultural centres, which were at various stages of construction to help provide decent halls for the creative and the performing arts in the country.
He continued that, the lack of infrastructure had led to the virtual collapse of the culture and creative arts industry in the country.
Dr Iddi said, performers have no decent halls to rehearse or put up drama or musical concerts, while fine artists of all categories lack studios and craft shops to create their works or distribution outlets and exhibition halls to market their works.
He further said the completion of the performance theatre would help revive all sectors of the arts and its accompanied benefits and opportunities to the practitioners and professionals in the region and the country at large.