NCAC challenges Gambia artistes’ executive

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

As an institution assigned to administer and manage arts and culture related affairs in the country, the National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has endorsed the appointment of the new elected executive and interim committee members of different artistes associations under its purview and thus urged the interim committee to meet up with the task ahead of them within a given period of three months.

The associations include the Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG), Gambia Music Union, Gambia Music Producers and Promoters Association (GAMPP), Film Producers Association of The Gambia and Gambia Theartre Union. Being elected as executive members or selected as interim committee members of any of the association is to promote and protect creative and cultural industries of the country.

Acknowledging the elected executive members and the interim committee members into their various associations, Hassoum Ceesay, acting director general of NCAC urged associations with interim committee members to review the constitution of their associations and draft regulation for the association among other obligations within the mandated period given to them.

The NCAC DG further tasked all the associations and their executive members without much ado to mobilise members for registration, through advocacy on various available platforms, as well as to develop a work plan with budget to enable his center introduce them to the relevant authorities so that they can seek support for the associations. He added “they need support, if they don’t have support the executive cannot do any activities.”

DG Ceesay therefore assured them of his institutional and moral support, while equally soliciting for their cooperation and understanding for the effective implementation of their obligations.

Sheik Omar Jallow, director of Literature and Performing Arts, congratulated the newly elected executive members, and urged the interim committee members to speed up with the new task entrusted to them.

He further urged the interim executive members to work and update their constitutions within the period given to them to enable them go back to congress and elect full fledged executive members.

Author: Yunus S Saliu