Veteran Ghanaian actress Grace Nortey has expressed her disappointment at how previous governments have failed to help veteran actors in the movie industry.
According to Grace Nortey,she expected those who have aged in the entertainment industry to be treated well considering their contribution and sacrifices to the nation but, unfortunately, that has not been the case.
The mother of five expressed her views to a team that comprised the Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Barbara Oteng-Gyasi; President of Creative Arts Council, Mark Okraku Mantey; Director of Creative Arts at the National Commission on Culture (NCC), Socrate Safo, and Executive Secretary of the National Film Authority, Juliet Asante, and some members of the Creative Arts Council who paid a visit to her at her resident.
The team donated some food items to her last Thursday and that was when she said she was always hurt by empty promises.
“We always hear the big promises for this industry, including plans for the aged like myself but we never get to see them. Truthfully, my colleagues and I are hurt by these empty promises. “It makes you feel like all the years of sacrifice and dedication are not appreciated and that is not motivating. I acted for over 40 years and my contribution to the industry cannot be ignored. However, it feels our leaders don’t have our interest at heart.
“It should not just be about words but the leadership must take action as well because the empty promises are many and this is the time we need help most,” she said.
Her disappointment was acknowledged by the sector minister who assured that her administration was ready to listen to the diverse concerns of industry persons and offer the needed support in those areas.