UDS students threaten demo over high cost of facility fees

The Student Representative Council (SRC) of the University of Development Studies (UDS) Navorongo Campus in the Upper East Region has hinted of plans by students to stage a massive demonstration in the school to protest against high cost of facility fees.
The council says the students pay more for facility usage compared to other traditional universities in the country.
Speaking to Citi News, SRC President of UDS Navorongo campus, Raymond Otivi called on the school authorities to address the issue immediately to avoid mayhem.

“It is on the academic facility user fee we are paying and we think that it has been inflated more than twice or three times what other universities in the country are paying and I have documents to prove that. Our students are poised that this year, they will do everything to have the situation addressed.”

In 2017, students of the University of Ghana, Accra City campus similarly protested against increments in tuition fees.
They indicated that while business administration students at the City Campus were paying GHS3,234 for tuition fee, their colleagues on the main campus at Legon were charged GHS1,272.
Source: citinewsroom.com

I will construct a bridge over River Oti – Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama, the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has indicated his willingness to construct a bridge over River Oti if voted back to power in 2020.

He said a feasibility study was done prior to the 2016 elections, but his government lost power and so he could not execute the project, adding that, he would fix the bridge to facilitate transportation in the Oti Region.
The former President said this during his tour of some districts and municipalities in the Region.
Mr Mahama, who was addressing hundreds of NDC supporters, also promised to build an ultra-modern market at Dambai, befitting the status of a regional capital.
He later presented two vehicles to the Oti Regional Executive of the NDC to facilitate the party’s activities and inaugurated a council of elders of the Party as well as the finance and political committees of the Party in Oti.

The rest are; research, communication, security, social welfare, conflict resolution, Zongo Caucus, youth wing, and women wing committees.
Mr Ofosu Ampofo, the National Chairman of the Party, called for unity in the Party and urged all unsuccessful parliamentary candidate aspirants and the parliamentary candidate to dissolve all camps and work together for victory in 2020.

Power supply to Ghana FA disconnected over unpaid bills

Power supply to Ghana FA disconnected over unpaid bills

Activities of the Ghana Football Association have halted after the Electricity Company of Ghana cut power supply over non-payment of arrears.
In what has turned out to be massive embarrassment for the interim body, staff of the association have been left frustrated over the recent situation.
The lack of power supply has grind the activities of staff to a halt as there is no internet to aid their work.
GHANAsoccernet.com understands the office Normalisation Committee is spending $100 a day fuel the generator – in what appears a clear case of financial mismanagement.
Members of the Normalisation Committee have received their combined monthly salary of $16,500 but appear not interested in offsetting their debt.
Ghana football has plummeted further since the four-member committee was put in place by FIFA amid allegation of mismanagement, corruption and rising debt.
The now three-member committee has up to September 30 to wrap up their activities and hand the administration of the game to ‘football people’.
Thursday’s Extra-Ordinary Congress will kick-start processes that will lead to the election of a new president and executive committee.

Government to elevate Colleges of Education to Universities

Government says it is considering measures to upgrade Colleges of Education which currently award diplomas into degree-awarding universities.
“Transforming colleges of education to the status of universities that award degrees instead of diplomas that ensuring that school children from kindergarten upwards will henceforth be taught by graduate degree holders,” Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah disclosed.
He was speaking at the 12th Quadrennial Delegates Conference of the Teachers and Educational Workers Union in Kumasi.
The elevation of the over 40 Colleges of Education in the country will follow the upgrade of Polytechnics to university status.
Professor Yankah said this is part of reforms in the education sector geared at enhancing the quality of graduates the Colleges churn out.
“This is meant to Increase enrolment to the colleges as has been the case recently,” he added.
The Free SHS policy has ensured that there have been 18 to 20 percent increase in high school enrolment.
On re-opening this year, it promises to have admitted 1.2 million children in high school.
This provides an opportunity to increase the gross 16.7 percent enrolment ratio in tertiary institutions to 25 percent as envisaged by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
This, according to Prof. Yankah, can be achieved through a number of reforms including the conversion of the Colleges of Education from its current state to a degree-awarding institutions.
Other Tertiary Education Policies
Prof. Yankah also revealed a policy to abolish affiliation of newly- established private universities to public universities will increase enrolment in private universities.
“The policy to abolish affiliations of newly established private universities to public universities is meant to ensure equity and quality of esteem between private and public universities promoting higher enrolment in accredited private universities”.
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Meanwhile, a centralised application and processing policy to provide a common platform for entry to tertiary institutions is under consideration.
“Centralised application and processing policy which provides a common platform for applications to tertiary institutions especially universities and eliminate multiple admissions which other ways encumber other people’s chances of admission, the new procedure eliminates redundancy and above all, it makes it possible and available to policymakers a rich data accumulated in the application process”.
According to him, these reforms seek to enrich the human reform base and expand access to quality, inclusive and equitable education.
Upgrading Non-teaching staff in Universities
The Minister also advised universities to encourage their non-teaching staff to upgrade themselves just as their academic colleagues do by scholarship.
He acknowledges on the part of several universities that the kind of scholarships and opportunities for further training abroad that are extended to faculty are not similarly extended to the administrative staff so the universities move ahead with their non-academic staff behind them.
“It is only a way of saying that we only think of one side of the coin forgetting that in the educational enterprise that we are nurturing and developing we are interested in both sides of the coin.
Consider TEWU and non-academic staff as integral to the capable and effective functioning of the tertiary institutions.”
Prof. Yankah advised the university community to embrace new waves of technology and grow together with its administrative staff.
“We need to be kept abreast to contemporary trends because the onus of quality and equitable education rest on the shoulders on both academic and non-academic staff.
“I urge institutions not to move ahead with the times leaving, TEWU and the general non-academic staff behind,” he said.
Chairman of the Tertiary and Educational Workers’ Union (TEWU), Peter .K. Lumor, endorsed the Minister’s call to members to pursue further studies.
“Let’s make the initiation to move with the times. Very soon, the fourth industrial revolution will catch up with us. When a new kind of technology emerges on onboard, we look down on the younger ones to teach the older generations.
“Considering the upcoming policies that seek to enhance the technology on the university campuses, I will urge of the upcoming policies to abreast yourself with technology,” he added.
Source: Luv News

3 Local Gov't Service staff suspended after contesting NDC primaries

Dr. Nana Ato Arthur is Head of the Local Government Service.
Three staff members of the Local Government Service are facing disciplinary actions following their participation in the recent parliamentary primaries held by the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
They are Alhaji Maazu Abubakar, Pru West constituency;  Alexander Hedidor, Suaman constituency, Roland Nsoh-Billa Abire and Bolgatanga East constituency.
Alhaji Maazu works with the Builsa South District Assembly while Hedidor and Abire, an Assistant Engineer, both work at the Kassena Nakena Municipal Assembly all in the Upper East Region.
In separate letters dated September 3, 2019, communicating the disciplinary action to the affected persons, Head of the Local Government Service, Dr. Nana Ato Arthur, said their participation in the primaries breaches the neutrality clauses which are required of him.
”Your decision is in contravention of the Local Government Service Code of Conduct particularly, Canon (1): ‘the Principle of Anonymity and Permanence’ which states that ’Officers and staff of the Local Government Service shall serve the State with neutrality and anonymity in the national and local government process’,” the letter quoted.
The Service said in view of the above, the Local Government Service Council authorised the interdiction of the three persons “…with immediate effect whilst the Service initiates investigation to establish the veracity or otherwise of the allegations

Ghanaian tells UK court he used 'dirty money' to fund political campaign as NPP candidate

Ellias Preko, 60, said he had run as a candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) back in the mid-2000s.
A former Goldman Sachs banker, Ellias Preko, who has been ordered by a UK court to pay back £7,3million or face 10 years more in jail, says he used a chunk of the money to fund his campaign as NPP candidate.
Preko, who represented himself, told the court in a previous hearing that, much of the cash had been spent on election campaigning back in his native country, Ghana.
The 60-year-old said he had run as a candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) back in the mid-2000s.
Preko explained that Ghana is predominantly a cash-based society and that few receipts exist for his campaign spending, the DailyMail has reported.

He is reported to have said that “Most of the expenses are not receipted.”
“Ghanaian political activities are not financed by the state,” he added.
The Harvard graduate used his ‘expertise and veneer of respectability’ to flush the dirty money out of  Nigeria.
He was jailed for four and a half years back in 2013 for his role in the scheme.
Judge David Tomlison ordered Preko to pay back £7,324.268.41 following a confiscation hearing.
Preko has three months to repay the money or face another 10 years in jail.

“There is a different concept of work there, the difference being everything is cash.
“Most of the time, people who donate money they donate it to two or more parties and hedge their bets.
“The candidate himself will want to distribute money to targeted areas for food and clothes.”
Preko told the court how he had many political contacts in Ghana. His father-in-law who was a former cabinet minister helped him run for parliament.
James Ibori, the former governor of a Nigerian state, who was jailed in 2012 for 13 years at Southwark Crown Court, London, after admitting fraud totalling nearly £50 million
James Ibori, the former governor of a Nigerian state, who was jailed in 2012 for 13 years at Southwark Crown Court, London, after admitting fraud totalling nearly £50 million

Source: Myjoyonline.com

South African Man Proudly Says On Camera; ‘We’ll Kill Any Foreigner We See’ – Why Is This Idiot Not Yet In Jail? – VIDEO

There are dumb people in every country. There are violent people in every country. But not every country has an outbreak of xenophobic attacks almost every single year.
There’s something uniquely broken in South African society which produces these recurring attacks.
A video of a South African man talking about the current xenophobic attacks gives some insight into what might be broken in that country.
In the video, the guy proudly declares they’re ready to attack any foreigner they see.
He said they won’t distinguish between blacks and whites and even added he feels ‘pride’ at killing fellow blacks.
This video alone should be enough to get him in jail otherwise it just emboldens others like him. The South African authorities need to step up if further damage is not to be done to their country’s already battered image.
Video below…

BNI investigating University of Ghana accommodation challenges – Head of Halls

The Bureau of National Investigations, BNI, has commenced investigations into an alleged hoarding of rooms by some students and authorities at the University of Ghana, Legon.

This, according to the Head of Halls at the university, Dr. Wiafe-Akenten Brenya, has been necessary following series of reports that some nine thousand newly admitted students have been left stranded as they struggle for places of residence on Legon campus.

According to Dr. Wiafe-Akenten said the university and hall administrators are also investigating the case.
“It is something that tarnishes the image of the youth and the university administration and hall administrators want to ensure that sanity prevails. There have been some investigations and I can say that BNI has even been there and the halls are also internally investigating but in most cases, you hit the wall because the person who made the allegation can decide not to talk or give you the information.”
Dr. Wiafe-Akenten Brenya also suggested that the school should not be burdened with providing more residential facilities amid the campus’ accommodation deficit.
In the short term, he said expanding academic infrastructure should be the school’s main priority.
“For now it should not be the responsibility of the university to build more residential facilities. We should rather concentrate on academic facilities in terms of lecture halls, in terms of offices and provide equipment and others that will enhance teaching and learning.”

How is Kevin Hart doing after his car accident and where did it happen?

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Comedian and actor Kevin Hart was caught up in a terrifying car crash early Sunday morning.
Hart, 41, injured his back when his car, a Plymouth Barracuda, reportedly went off the road and crashed through a wooden fence on Mulholland Highway.
Here’s an update on his condition.
How is Kevin Hart doing after his car accident?
Hart’s wife, Eniko Parrish, told TMZ that her husband is doing ‘great’ and that he’s expected to make a full recovery.
She told reporters: ‘He’s gonna be just fine. He’s good, everybody’s good. Thank God.’
Eniko, who shares a young son, Kenzo, with Hart, added: ‘He’s fine, he’s awake.’
Eniko Parrish and Kevin Hart
Eniko Parrish and her husband Kevin Hart (Picture: Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
Police have previously told TMZ that the Barracuda belonged to Hart but he was not driving at the time of the collision, and there were two other people in the vehicle with him.
Both Kevin and the person who was driving are said to have suffered ‘major back injuries’.
According to a witness, Kevin was the first one out of the car and was taken home ‘to get medical attention’, before going to the hospital.
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Hart got the Barracuda as a 40th birthday present to himself (Picture: Kevin Hart/Instagram)
According to The Blast, doctors at the Los Angeles hospital where Hart is being treated are optimistic that he will recover from his injuries, as he didn’t suffer any damage to his spinal cord.
Kevin – who also has children Heaven, 14, and Hendrix, 11, with his ex-wife Torrei Hart – may still end up needing surgery for his injuries, with doctors reportedly discussing his medical options.
After the accident, Hart’s Jumanji co-star Dwayne Johnson shared a message of encouragement to his friend on Instagram which read:
‘Stop messing with my emotions brother @kevinhart4real. We have a lot more laughing to do together. Love you man. Stay strong.’

Xenophobic Attacks: Angry Nigerians burn down MTN office in Lagos

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In the wake of xenophobic attacks happening in South Africa, some angry Nigerians have burnt down an MTN office in Lagos to stop South Africans from bullying and murdering Nigerians in broad daylight in South Africa.
A Twitter user @milksha64693019 posted the photos on Twitter and wrote;
“Angry Nigerians burn down MTN office in Apapa…..happening right now!!! #SayNoToXenophobia”.
Her Twitter account has been suspended for posting the photos.
The comment comes after protesters in Turffontein, Johannesburg, looted shops as they demonstrated in the area on Monday morning.
They targeted shops they believed to be owned by foreign nationals and as a result burnt tyres, human beings in the streets and also forced passengers out of at least one taxi.

Source: ghanacelebrities.com