Goosie Tanoh to embark on a nationwide campaign tour

Accra, Mr Goosie Augustus Tanoh, a National Democratic Congress aspiring Presidential Candidate would on Wednesday, October 10 begin a nationwide tour to kick-start his campaign to share ideas with members of the Party and Ghanaians as a whole.

Dubbed: organising for Ghana, the tour would also offer his team the opportunity to engage, listen and share ideas with party members at the grassroots without pomp.

Mr Tanoh announced this during a media interaction at the weekend to outline his campaign plans for the Presidential slot and other campaigns that could catapult him into the helm of affairs of Ghana in 2021.

He said the Media interaction was to recognise the key role the media played in the development agenda of the country and urged them to remain neutral and make politicians and all Ghanaians for that matter accountable to what they say and do.

The Aspiring candidate indicated his readiness to re-establish relations with people in NDC with trust as he had the demonstrable capacity to mobilise in both the private and public sectors with strict adherence to the tenets of the party.

Mr Tanoh gave the assurance that, if given the slot, he would work hard to eliminate extreme poverty, resuscitate the almost collapsed health sector, revive the economy and make Ghana a powerful and admirable country in the world.

I will do all these through buiding productive sectors with universal healthcare, provide real living wages ansure food security and food sufficiency to reduce perennial importation of food and empower the people by creating wealth through self-help projects.

He advised media practioners to be objective and professional by debating issues and policies and not personalities as that could be retrogressive.

Mr Tandoh presidented his letter of intent to contest for the flagbearer position of the NDC on August 30, this year at the party headquarters.

Augustus “Goosie” Obuadum Tanoh is a Ghanaian politician and a member of the NDC, whose life-long passion has been the empowerment of ordinary people.

He was a student activist in the struggles against military rule in the late 1970s and a close associate of Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings (Chairman of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council) and a mentee of Tsatsu Tsikata then an activist and law lecturer at Legon.

He did his LLM at Chicago’s prestigious Northwestern University between September 1980 and June 1982 specialising in Labour Law and International Trade and Investment Law.

Mr Tanoh returned to Ghana in June 1982 to work as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Provisional National Defence Council (PNDC), Flt. Lt. Rawlings, an old political associate. He simultaneously served as a member of the National Defence Committee, the principal political organ of the PNDC, which coordinated the socioeconomic interventions of thousands of Peoples Defence Committees (PDCs) and Workers Defence Committees (WDCs) (self-organised grassroots organisations that had emerged to fight the corruption and decay that was the legacy of the 1966 coup and the military regimes that followed it). As Head of Projects and Programmes, Goosie oversaw the rebuilding on a popular and voluntary basis of a wide range of community infrastructure and services and the development of rural enterprises.

In 1986, Goosie was appointed as member of Ghana’s delegation to the UN Security Council and a representative at the UN General Assembly for 2 years.

After his diplomatic service ended, he took up the position of Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC). Accordingly, when the PNDC decided (at the CDR movement’s behest) to return Ghana to civilian rule, Goosie was invited to represent CDRs in the consultative assembly which drafted Ghana’s 1992 Republican Constitution.

Goosie then left GNPC and worked full time in the Forum for Sustainable Development (FSD), an activist think-tank supported by the Association of CDRs to guide the transition from PNDC to constitutional rule. FSD first conducted an intensive nationwide consultation with ordinary Ghanaians about their hopes and fears for post-PNDC national politics. Based on this grounding, FSD worked through the CDR network with millions of ordinary Ghanaians to constitute the mass base of a new political party that could retain the best of the PNDC while transcending its less desirable attributes (He was at the Centre of the formation of the Front and Development Union which eventually merged with other groups to form the NDC).

Goosie was one of the prominent founding members of the NDC who openly raised concerns about the lack of internal democracy in the NDC and the resultant watering down of the NDC’s commitment to empowering ordinary people that resulted from the wholesale re-appointment of former PNDC officials into the Rawlings cabinet.

The confrontation over internal democracy, accountability, and direction resulted in their departure in 1999 to form the National Reform Party (NRP) and he stood as the NRP Presidential candidate in the 2000 elections which were won by President Kufuor.

In 2004, President Mills appealed to NRP cadres to return to the NDC and work with him to effect the reforms that NRP had proposed. Most NRP activists accepted this offer and Goosie had since remained out of the NDC spotlight but continued his grassroots political work and cultivated a new cadre dedicated to democratising the NDC and reviving its earlier culture of voluntarism, accountability and transparency and has been a key player in all recent NDC campaigns.

In recent years, Goosie has worked as a consultant and a developer of energy and industrial infrastructure while planning the revival of the agribusiness which has the capacity to transform our countryside on a more democratic basis and define sensible parameters for state investment in rural development

Source: Ghana News Agency

Teachers should be motivated to ensure quality delivery – Stakeholders

Bolgatanga, Stakeholders in education at this year’s World Teachers’ Day Celebration in Bolgatanga have called on government to motivate teachers to enhance the quality delivery service.

They said when the teachers are well catered for through revised policies that raise the standards of teachers in terms of receiving good salaries and other incentives, they would be more determined to give off their best to improve on performance at the educational sector.

The stakeholders made the call in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region during the 2018 World Teachers Day celebration organized by the Bolgatanga Municipal branch of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT).

The event brought together various stakeholders in education to deliberate on how to improve on education in the country.

The annual event also brought together about 700 teachers from four administrative districts including Bolgatanga Municipal, Bolgatanga East, Talensi and Nabdam Districts.

The 24th anniversary celebration was held under the theme: The right to education means the right to qualified teacher, the role of stakeholders.

Professor Samuel Alnaa, Rector of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, said teachers are central stakeholders to achieving the kind of transformation that would make education the backbone of development, hence there was the need to invest in them.

Any lack of qualified teachers will hinder citizens’ right to education and subsequent achievement. As a result, government as the biggest shareholder, must be more determined, than before, to coordinate and consult responsible institutions and regulatory bodies and to address manpower challenges and policies of teachers to enable them carry out their noble mandate of providing the needed skills and competencies for commerce and industry in our collective drive towards national development, the Rector added.

He said in spite of the influence of the teachers in moulding the future of the youth in the various educational systems, they were often being neglected and unappreciated.

He said teachers must, however, make all efforts to ensure that they remained relevant in the trail, and take firm roots of commitment and hard work for success in order to reposition our constitutional right to education subject to qualified teachers.

Professor Alnaa urged government to device stakeholder consultative approach regarding the implementation of the teacher licensure examination and added that this way, Ghana will achieve its education dreams and remain academically, socially, economically and politically alive.

Mr Charles Ateem, the Bolgatanga GNAT Chairman, in a welcome address, urged government to consider making the World Teachers Day a statutory holiday which would allow all teachers to participate and give meaning to the celebration.

He said the four districts have about 3500 teachers who were GNAT members but only 700 were allowed to participate in the celebration because it was not a holiday and they could not abandon classes.

This, he said, does not encourage the other teachers to fully deliver on their mandate.

Whilst appealing to government and the Ghana Education Service to refund with interest the GH10.00 deducted from teachers’ salaries for GES-SIC Life Insurance Group Programme, he admonished the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to desist from giving out information about teachers to private financial companies, saying it is against our right.

He advised his colleague teachers to eschew laziness and cultivate best practices of commitment and dedication to ensure they delivered on the purpose of the profession irrespective of the challenges.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Teachers should be motivated to ensure quality delivery – Stakeholders

Bolgatanga, Stakeholders in education at this year’s World Teachers’ Day Celebration in Bolgatanga have called on government to motivate teachers to enhance the quality delivery service.

They said when the teachers are well catered for through revised policies that raise the standards of teachers in terms of receiving good salaries and other incentives, they would be more determined to give off their best to improve on performance at the educational sector.

The stakeholders made the call in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region during the 2018 World Teachers Day celebration organized by the Bolgatanga Municipal branch of the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT).

The event brought together various stakeholders in education to deliberate on how to improve on education in the country.

The annual event also brought together about 700 teachers from four administrative districts including Bolgatanga Municipal, Bolgatanga East, Talensi and Nabdam Districts.

The 24th anniversary celebration was held under the theme: The right to education means the right to qualified teacher, the role of stakeholders.

Professor Samuel Alnaa, Rector of the Bolgatanga Polytechnic, said teachers are central stakeholders to achieving the kind of transformation that would make education the backbone of development, hence there was the need to invest in them.

Any lack of qualified teachers will hinder citizens’ right to education and subsequent achievement. As a result, government as the biggest shareholder, must be more determined, than before, to coordinate and consult responsible institutions and regulatory bodies and to address manpower challenges and policies of teachers to enable them carry out their noble mandate of providing the needed skills and competencies for commerce and industry in our collective drive towards national development, the Rector added.

He said in spite of the influence of the teachers in moulding the future of the youth in the various educational systems, they were often being neglected and unappreciated.

He said teachers must, however, make all efforts to ensure that they remained relevant in the trail, and take firm roots of commitment and hard work for success in order to reposition our constitutional right to education subject to qualified teachers.

Professor Alnaa urged government to device stakeholder consultative approach regarding the implementation of the teacher licensure examination and added that this way, Ghana will achieve its education dreams and remain academically, socially, economically and politically alive.

Mr Charles Ateem, the Bolgatanga GNAT Chairman, in a welcome address, urged government to consider making the World Teachers Day a statutory holiday which would allow all teachers to participate and give meaning to the celebration.

He said the four districts have about 3500 teachers who were GNAT members but only 700 were allowed to participate in the celebration because it was not a holiday and they could not abandon classes.

This, he said, does not encourage the other teachers to fully deliver on their mandate.

Whilst appealing to government and the Ghana Education Service to refund with interest the GH10.00 deducted from teachers’ salaries for GES-SIC Life Insurance Group Programme, he admonished the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to desist from giving out information about teachers to private financial companies, saying it is against our right.

He advised his colleague teachers to eschew laziness and cultivate best practices of commitment and dedication to ensure they delivered on the purpose of the profession irrespective of the challenges.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UDS students assault UTV journalists

Nyankpala (N/R), The President of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the Nyankpala Campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) on Saturday attacked a UTV crew, damaged a motorbike of the crew and seized their camera’s tripod.

Sediq Kilwa, the SRC President of UDS Nyankpala Campus, supported by the University’s cadet corps and other SRC executives, also verbally assaulted the UTV crew and other journalists, who were on the campus on an official assignment.

The UTV crew, including journalists from other media houses in the Northern Region, was officially invited by the authorities of the UDS to provide media coverage for the University’s 26th matriculation ceremony.

Sediq Kilwa and his student friends accused the UTV crew of reporting a news story on the television network during the week, which suggested that the SRC organized a sex party for fresh students, a report, which the students said was untrue and damaged the image of the University.

Sediq Kilwa refused to listen to explanations from other journalists on how to react to news stories deemed to be false and went on to launch the attack on the UTV crew.

He also ignored some of the senior administrators of the University, who tried to calm him down for the matter to be handled by appropriate authorities.

The incident took place shortly after the matriculation ceremony, where Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye, Vice-Chancellor of UDS, warned students against unruly behaviour to avoid sanctions.

The UTV crew, led by Mr Abdul Washeed, reported the incident to the Lamashegu Divisional Police Command in Tamale, who have begun investigations into the incident.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UDS students warned against tramadol use and occultism

Wa, Authorities of University for Development Studies (UDS) in the Wa Campus have warned students against practicing occultism on campus and taking tramadol or face the full rigors of the law.

Vice Chancellor of UDS Professor Gabriel Ayum Teye gave the warning during the 26th matriculation of Wa Campus of the University for the 2018/2019 academic year.

The University admitted 1,224 students for its undergraduate programmes and 128 students for postgraduate courses at the local campus.

It also matriculated 1,155 for its Distance Education Programme from all its centres in Northern, Upper East and Upper west regions.

In a speech read on his behalf by the Principal, Professor Amin Alhanssan, the VC, warned freshmen and women to avoid any form of occultic practice during their stay in on campus or be prepared to bear the consequences of such unlawful practices.

He also advised students to be mindful of the kind of friends they move along with so as to avert occultism and drug addiction since the two illicit acts could badly damage their future careers, saying: Show me your friend and I will show you your character.

He said students should stop taking tramadol and other dangerous drugs because it would endanger their health and ruin their academic work.

The Vice-Chancellor recommended the university security for enforcing law and order particularly insistence on the use of crash helmets by motorists on the campus.

Enforcement of that law has proven to be the remedy to needless deaths, he said.

The VC said the University would soon take appropriate steps to verify WASSCE results of all fresh students with the West Africa Examination Council.

Source: Ghana News Agency