Creative Forum Ashanti, a group of creative art industry players in Kumasi is challenging government to come clear on the proposed site for the National Film village.

The group on July petitioned Parliament for the siting of the Village in Ashanti Region.

Over 200 acres of land at Kunsu in the Ahafo Ano South District were secured by the group for the project.

“In our said petition, we presented a proposal that said we had already had discussions with the Chief of Kunsu who had promised us 250-300 acres of land for free to be presented to government if they decided to build the film village in Ashanti Region.

“This decision was reached because the Chief of Kunsu had already built a mini film village in his town and used for many movie productions like “Abuburo Kosua” “Su su pre” and others that shows on TV,” he said.

However, Minister for Tourism, creative arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng Gyasi announced a location at Sekyere for the project a fortnight ago.

At a press briefing in Kumasi, Conveyer, Austine Woode expressed disappointment the ministry did not consult them before the decision.

“We will however like to put on record that during the consultations by government for this project, our group that petitioned Parliament was never involved.

“At no point were our views sort but all we heard in the media was two other areas that are Hemang and Sekyere had also presented the land to government. 

“On the side of the MOU signing of the construction of a Conference center in Kumasi, Minister Barbera Oteng Gyasi was asked about the decision on the film village and she said the technical committee had decided on Sekyere.”

The group is, therefore, demanding details of how the ministry arrived at that decision. 

“We will like the Minister of Tourism and Creative Arts to formally come out on the decision taken on where to construct the film village and give industry players, cogent reasons why a particular area was selected over the other two.

“This announcement should come with clear timelines for the project so we can all properly track progress of work.

“We ask for these official statements so it puts to rest the bickering that has engulfed some industry players concerning this matter,” he stated.