Alban Bagbin calls for higher remuneration for literary writers
Mr Albert S.K. Bagbin, Minister of Water Resources, Works and Housing, on Wednesday, called for higher remuneration to motivate literary writers to contribute their quota to national development.
He underscored the significant contributions made by writers in shaping the attitude and behaviour of society as well as unlocking the potential of individuals for development stressing that society needed to appreciate the contributions of writers through decent and dignified remuneration.
Mr Bagbin made the call at the maiden Ghana Book Festival organised by the Ghana Association of Writers (GAW) in Accra.
He called on children to apply themselves to reading, adding determination was critical to success.
“Determination determines destiny,” Mr Bagbin added.
Mr Alexander Asum-Ahensah, Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture, pledged the support of his Ministry to advance the course of GAW.
Mr Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, President of GAW said the book fair was organised to provide the opportunity for stakeholders in the industry to interact, share knowledge, read and have fun.
“Fairs create platforms to nurture writers and the book trade,” he added.
Professor Ama Atta Aidoo, a renowned Novelist expressed worry that books were ill-available for children to read.
She called for financial support for the book industry to survive.