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My appointment as Ambassador for tourism has nothing to do with my association with the NDC - John Dumelo

Popular actor John Dumelo has dismissed
allegations that he was appointed a tourism
ambassador because of his affiliation with the
ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He noted that the appointment had nothing to do
with politics or his support for President John
Mahama.
The Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative
Arts, apart from John Dumelo, has appointed two
other persons as tourism ambassadors for
Ghana.
The personalities, including ‘Beasts of No Nation’
star, Abraham Attah and radio personality Abeiku
Santana, according to the Ministry, will help
market Ghana’s tourism to Ghanaians and the
world.
Shortly after the ambassadors were announced,
some persons alleged that Dumelo and Santana
were appointed based on their close ties to the
NDC and had called on the Ministry to explain the
criteria for the selection.
Reacting to the allegation in an interview on
Rhythmz A-Z on Joy FM with Mamavi Owusu-
Aboagye on Saturday, May 28, the actor said that
is not the case.
“It has nothing to do with that at all because if I
was appointed and I was being paid or I was
given certain privileges then you can say its job
for the boys but I am actually using my
resources to play the role as an ambassador,” he
explained.
Dumelo added that, “It has nothing to with job for
the boys or it has nothing to do with it because I
said I like this person or that person hence this
is my reward no. My reward is serving my
country and that is what I am doing.”
Edwin Owusu-Mensah, Chief Director at the
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts
commenting on the issue also stressed that the
appointment is “not job for the boys.”
He explained that the criteria for appointment
were based on their huge following and influence
on society.
“We always talk about our domestic tourism and
the fact that Ghanaians do not travel to the
beautiful tourist sites that we have in the country
so we decided that we [will appoint] tourism
ambassadors who will then lead the way for
Ghanaians to visit our sites,” Mr Owusu-Mensah
said.
He added that “You know most of them have quit
a large following on social media so we are using
that as one of our marketing strategies to get
Ghanaians to visit tourist sites.”
The ambassadorial deal with the Ministry of
Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts is for a year
and is subject to renewal.

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