NADMO presents items to Nayiri

Nalerigu (N/R), The National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), has presented relief items to the Paramount Chief of Mamprugu, Nayiri Mahami Sheriga Bohagu following last week’s fire that gutted his residence.

The items included 50 bags of rice, 10 cartons of cooking oil, five cartons of soap, 50 pieces of polymats, 150 pieces of mosquito nets, and 20 cartons of mosquito coil.

Nana Agyeman-Prempeh, Acting Director General of NADMO accompanied by Mr Salifu Saeed, Northern Regional Minister, also presented an undisclosed amount of money to the traditional ruler, being a donation from President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to support in the rehabilitation works of his residence.

On Friday, March 31, fire gutted Nayiri’s living room and quickly spread to one of the bedrooms before it was extinguished by personnel from the Gambaga Station of the Ghana National Fire Service.

The delegation also visited Saint Charles Minor Seminary Senior High School in Tamale to assess its dormitory block, which was recently gutted by fire.

Items including 150 mattresses, 150 buckets, 150 blankets, 150 mosquito nets and 20 cartons of soap were presented to the school.

Nana Prempeh said government would soon award the burnt dormitory block on contract for renovation.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Coalition calls for coordination of state youth agencies

Accra, The Ghana Youth Development Enhancement Programme (GYEDEP), a Coalition of civil society organisations has urged government to set up an umbrella body to coordinate the activities of state youth agencies.

The Coalition said this would help avoid duplication of their activities at the district levels.

According to the body, coordination of the activities of state agencies such as the National Youth Council (NYC), the Youth Employment Agency (YEA), the Ghana Youth Employment Development Agency (GYEDA) and the Youth Enterprise Support (YES) under one umbrella body would empower them to mobilise the youth to go into entrepreneurship and other ventures.

GYDEP membership include the Foundation for Security and Development in Africa (FOSDA), Youth Empowerment for Life, Centre for Development and Policy Advocacy, Nkonya Youth Association, National Network of Youth Groups and the Ghana Federation of Disability Organisation.

Mrs Theodora Williams Anti, the GYDEP Coordinator, made the appeal in Accra in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sideline of a courtesy call by the Coalition on Mr Emmanuel Asigri, NYA Chief Executive Officer.

The aim of the visit was to congratulate Mr Asigri on his new appointment and to share their challenges and recommendations with the Authority.

The visit also took the Coalition to the YEA, where they were received by Mr Agya Yaw Nsiah Aboagye, the Director of Research and Planning at the Agency.

Mrs Anti described the group as a Coalition of youth organisations, with a mandate of monitoring youth related agencies, particularly government agencies.

She said their aim was to ensure that these agencies work according to their mandate, and also ensure that corruption was limited as much as possible, whereas, resources were allocated to youth development in the country.

Mrs Anti, who is also the Programme Officer of FOSDA, said the Coalition had observed that government institutions at the district levels were under resourced whilst “some are non-existent and the youth do not even know about them”.

On behalf of the Coalition, Mrs Anti recommended that there was the need for agencies particularly NYA, GYEDA, YEA and YES, to come out strongly under one umbrella to mobilise the youth to help advance the youth empowerment agenda of government.

Mr Asigri said the NYA remained committed to putting systems and programmes in place to foster the advancement of the country’s youth, which was one of the top priorities of government.

He said the Authority would collaborate with other youth agencies, to initiate programmes that would bring total transformation in the youth front.

He said the transformational agenda would cover job creation in both the formal and informal sectors.

Mr Asigri noted that both the NYA and the YEA had realised that they could not work effectively as independent bodies who were aiming at improving the standards of the youth, without collaboration.

He said the new National Youth Authority Act, which was passed in December, 2016, gave the NYA the opportunity to share in the funds that the YEA got from communication tax.

He said the Authority had considered immediate programmes in the Information and Communication Technology sector.

“We hope that as we move on as heads of these two agencies we will continue to collaborate and carry out more of the modules and activities together, and not giving it out again to private hands, where we know of the history behind what happened in the past,” he said.

Mr Asigri, said the Authority was committed to implement the NYA Act.

He tasked the various youth organisations championing the development of the youth, to redirect their focus from advocacy to the practical things that would be able to bring them direct livelihood.

Mr Stephen Mensah-Etsibah, Director of Organisation and Programmes at NYA, expressed the need to initiate programmes to support the course of the youth.

He tasked the youth to invest in their own economic empowerment.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GRASAG, Ghana Technology University College hands over mandate

Accra,The Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG) of the Ghana Technology University College, has held a handing over ceremony to give new executives the mandate to lobby for the welfare of graduate students.

The six member executives is made up of the President, Vice President, Organising Secretary, General Secretary, Treasurer and Women’s Commissioner.

Dr Ebenezer Malcalm, Dean of the Graduate School speaking in an interview with the GNA noted that GRASAG was a concrete body that was established to among other things assist the University to support the course of students to address their challenges.

He said with the collaboration, the Management of the School would help to build the capacity of the executives to make them more productive as liaison between the student body and the Administration.

Dr Malcom said even though the University launched a strategic plan and vision 2021 with 10 thematic areas during its 10th anniversary celebration last year, the key among them was the “preparedness to inculcate the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovativeness among the student body”.

He said there were programmes tailored to achieve the objective such as international business, finance, and supply chain management which were industry based programmes.

Mrs Vera Graham Asante, Head of Administration of the Graduate School, said the handing over ceremony had support from GRASAG from across the country to make it more successful.

She said the main goal of the Association was to spearhead research both in academia and industry among students hence the need for the new executives to work hard to achieve the goal.

Mrs Graham Asante said the incoming executives had pledged to liaise with identified industries in “industry led research” and also organise expert lectures to make possible a convergence of theory into practical lessons for the Graduate School.

She said Management would support them to accomplish the responsibility.

Mr Louis O. Amankwah, the New President of GRASAG said the new executives would be able to address the concerns of the students if they were abreast of them.

He said they would address the policies of management that affected students directly and find ways to solve them effectively.

“We will sit with the School’s Board and assess factors that directly affects students and find measures to resolve them,” he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Government urged to support private/ public partnership

Accra, Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, the Chairman of JAYEE University College Governing Council, has called for government’s support for partnership between industry, private and public tertiary institutions and the community.

He said government could do so through the use of steering mechanism that would help raise the issues of entrepreneurship and job creation.

“A new era of relationship between the public and private institutions needs to be forged, for the needs of the country to be prioritised,”he said.

Prof Anamuah-Mensah made call at the eighth congregation of the JAYEE University College (JUC) held in Accra on Saturday.

He said national development could not take place without the participation of the private sector, and so there was the need for both public and private institutions to be regulated in the same accreditation and quality assurance standards.

“At the tertiary level, there are 202 accredited tertiary institutions, out of which 107 are privately owned.

“These private institutions enroll about 20 per cent of tertiary students, a big savings for government, even with this contribution made by institutions, the participation rate is only 14 per cent, this is too low for a country with increasing youth bulge,” he said.

Prof Anamuah-Mensah also expressed dissatisfaction about how majority of the youth within the ages of 18-22 were not in tertiary education.

He there called for effective ways in addressing the problem especially with the coming into force of the free Senior High School (SHS) where more tertiary institutional structures would be required for the first batch of the new SHS graduates for the 2020/2021 academic year.

He urged the graduands to go out and positively affect society by making exploits and add to the gains of those before them.

“Bring dignity and honour to your alma mater and our country Ghana, but note that your contribution to the nation will be more effective if you go about your duties with dedication, honesty and high moral standards devoid of corruption,” he advised.

Speaking on the theme: “The Role of the Private University in National Capacity Building”, Prof Emmanuel Nicholas Abakah, the President of JUC, said it would be highly appropriate for government to set up a committee to look into the predicaments of private universities and come up with best strategies to help them have the capacity to employ a number of unemployed youth.

He pleaded with the University of Education Winneba (UEW) to raise its mentorship bar to support JUC.

He advised the graduands to ride elegantly on the crest wave of the improved training they had acquired as the competition out there was stiff and it was often the creative and the talented that gain the upper hand.

Addressing graduands, the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the UEW, Prof Anthony Afful-Broni, said University would continue to partner JUC for future capacity building in order to meet the expected demand for the nation’s educational needs.

“The University of Education, Winneba is committed to making an impact on the country’s educational system and I assure you of our continued support for JAYEE University College as we nurture you to excel,” he said.

He appealed to Members of Parliament, companies both private and public, financial institutions, firms and Municipal District Assemblies to wholeheartedly open their doors to accept interns of JUC in their organisations to practically experience what they were taught in school as that would enable students to assiduously contribute to the growth of the nation.

He however advised the graduands to be relevant to themselves and society through the nurturing and knowledge acquired over the years of their studies.

Mr Emmanuel Donkoh, the Founder of JUC announced that phase one of the Cape Coast campus was ready for academic activities.

He said: “The Cape Coast campus is going to be a starting point for graduate studies as well as general studies for students with D7-F9 in WASSCE results to better their grades before enrolling to the various tertiary institutions of their choice”.

In all a total 364 students from the 2015 and 2016 batches graduated.

Out of the number, 112 were males with the remaining 252 being females.

The 2015 batch was made up of 138 graduates, 51 non-graduates adding up to 189.

Out of the 364 graduands, the Faculty of Business Administration graduated 194 students whilst the Faculty of Communication Science had 170 graduands.

Madam Evelyn Buenor, a Business Administration student with specialisation in Human Resource Management was adjudged the overall best student.

The day was also used to matriculate 179 fresh students for the 2016/2017 academic year.

Out of the total number for the 10th matriculation, 102 would be reading Communication science whilst the remaining 77 would pursue Business Administration. The matricalates were led by Ms Joyce Eku Wilson Tagoe to swear the matriculation oath.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GNAT condemns Director for canning a teacher

Elmina (C/R,The Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has condemned the action of the Western Regional Director of Education, Mrs Enyonam Afi Amefuga for canning a teacher in class.

According to the Association, the Education Director could have exercised circumspection taking into consideration of the fact that there exist codes of conduct in the teaching profession.

It has therefore called on the Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to as a matter of urgency bring her to order so that the incident would not be repeated in future.

It has also called on the Director to render an unqualified apology to their colleague for humiliating her in front of her pupils.

The Education Director is reported to have canned a class-two female teacher for canning some of her pupils who showed up in class late to write their end of term examination on Wednesday, April 5.

However a press release issued by Mrs Amefuga denied canning the teacher, explaining that she was only demonstrating to her how to cane the pupils.

But Commenting on the issue at the 5th quadrennial delegates’ conference of the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipal Secretariat, the Central Regional Secretary of GNAT, Mr William Abaidoo, said the action of the Director was unfounded and uncalled for in the status of GES.

Source: Ghana News Agency