Baba Sadiq explains how NDC’s 24-hour policy will impact the creative sector

Baba Sadiq explains how NDC’s 24-hour policy will impact the creative sector

The National Democratic Congress’ Parliamentary Candidate for the Okaikoi Central Constituency, Baba Sadiq Abdullai Abu, recently discussed how his party’s 24-hour economy policy would impact the entertainment and arts industry in a conversation with Kwame Dadzie on Joy FM’s Showbiz A-Z.

Abu highlighted the challenges faced by establishments in the creative sector, specifically mentioning the high utility costs that hinder businesses from operating during daylight hours. He pointed out that Bloombar, a popular entertainment venue, had to close down due to the exorbitant operational expenses and unfavorable working conditions.

To address these issues, the NDC plans to offer reduced utility costs to businesses that operate 24 hours a day. Abu explained that the party aims to provide special metering systems to calculate utility expenses more efficiently, ultimately easing the financial burden on venue operators.

The concept of a 24-hour economy involves businesses and services operating round-the-clock, as opposed to traditional working hours. This approach allows for continuous economic activity and can boost job creation and economic growth.

While the NDC is yet to launch its manifesto for the upcoming 2024 elections, their 2020 manifesto outlined several promises for the creative industry. These commitments include supporting the growth of film, music, and the arts, establishing a Ministry for Creative Arts and Digital Economy, and enhancing regulation to protect artists’ copyrights.

Additionally, the party pledged to provide legal aid for artists to combat intellectual theft, organize national writing contests, integrate cultural education into the curriculum, and upgrade institutions like NAFTI to support creatives fully.