NEW NAFTI BOARD PLEDGES TO REINSTATE PAST GLORY
A new Board of the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) that was inaugurated on Wednesday by the Minister of Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has pledged to reinstate the past glory of the institute, as one of the best in Africa.The 10-member Board is chaired by Ms. Juliet Asante, a renowned filmmaker and alumni of the school. It also comprises of the Rector of the school, Dr. Samuel Anyetei, Mr. John Yaw Adjei Appiah, representative of the Ministry of Information, and Mr. Ernest Boateng of the Ministry of Education.
Others members are Mr. Daniel Owusu-Nyampong, representative of the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation; Mr. Ernest Kofi Abbeyquaye of the Ghana Film Industry; Professor Kofi Agyekum, School of Performing Arts, University of Ghana; Mr. George Oppong of the Centre for National Culture; and Mr. Ivan Quashigah of the Association of Cinematographic Film Exhibitors and Directors.
However, the nomination of the representative of the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation is still pending.
The minister in a brief speech, said he recognizes the role of the film and television industry and the creative arts in general “to create jobs and help modernize the country,” adding that the Ministry of Education was determined to offer all the needed support.
“Our desire as a government, is to empower the future generations to achieve great heights in the quest for academic achievement and excellence in order to facilitate the transformation of Ghana through the creative and media arts industries,” the minister said.
In her response, the new chairperson for the board, Ms. Juliet Asante thanked the government for the opportunity to serve in an industry she “fully identifies with” and pledged to work assiduously to reinstate the glory and impact NAFTI on national development.
For many years, NAFTI was under the supervision of the ministry of information until it was migrated to the Ministry of Education in January 2017 where is it best suited to develop as an academic institution.