The former Public Relations Officer of Film Producers Association of Ghana (FIPAG), Michael Ola has unveiled tall list of Ghanaian celebrities in the creative arts industry who have received cars from the Mahama-led National Democratic Congress (NDC) government.He indicated that the various types of Chevrolet vehicles were given to these celebrities to aide their daily activities.
The car loans which according to him, is part of a programme by the Creative Arts Ministry and Masloc are sold to the celebrities at cheaper prices.
Disclosing beneficiaries of the programme on Abusua FM’s Abusua Entertainment hosted by Austine Woode, he said the beneficiaries applied and the ministry gave them the cars.
Mr. Ola explained that the cars were given to the celebrities after party payment of GHC10.000 were made, saying the rest of the amount would be paid in instalment
Mr. Ola further hinted that unnamed persons have pledged to settle the rest of the bills at a later date to six of the celebrities he failed to name.
He disclosed that the recipients of the cars include himself, veteran musician Nana Ampadu, Wayoosi, Mike Afranie, Sherifa Gunu, gospel singer Rev. Yaw Yawson, Tagoe Sisters, popular movie producer Asare Bediako, some blind musicians, Actors and Actresses in Ghallywood and others.
He could not confirm if Bill Asamoah and Naana Hayford are recipients of the cars, saying the ministry dashed the car to Wayoosi without applying because he is bedridden.
‘Yeah we started working with Masloc around 2005 or so, in which most people have received car loans, we used to see Masloc cars in town, that was when the work and pay system was introduced, petty traders who lack collateral to access loans from the banks were also supported by Masloc, …this same facility has been there since President Kufour’s time,
So those in the creative arts were also considered as petty traders, due to this those who lacked the resources to buy cars were given car loans, such as Nana Ampadu after all his contributions to the music industry, it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to board commercial vehicle (trotro), so they applied and they were given cars based on deposits and the rest of the money would be paid in instalments,’ he explained.
He said he is almost done with the payment of his debt.