Dr Bawumia to address Ghanaians ahead of campaign launch

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, the Flagbearer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), is scheduled to address Ghanaians on Wednesday, February 7, 2024 to set the stage for an engrossing year-long political campaign.

The event will come off at the Kofi Ohene Konadu Auditorium, University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) at 1600 hours and expected to be streamed live on major media and social media outlets across the country.

His speech will set the ruling party on the campaign mood and expected to highlight the major achievements of the Akufo-Addo-led Government over the past seven years.

It would also outline his vision for Ghana should he be elected as the president on December 7.

Ahead of this major event, the Ghana News Agency (GNA) takes a sneak peep into Dr Bawumia’s previous public pronouncements that underpinned his vision for the NPP and the nation as a whole.

Party Unity

The NPP Flagbearer has always called for party unity as a driving force to win the December 7 Election.

In his re
cent goodwill message to the NPP parliamentary aspirants who lost in the Party’s primaries, Dr Bawumia urged them to consider the supreme interest of the Party and work collaboratively with the elected candidates for a resounding victory and to win majority seats for the Party in the next Parliament.

‘Let’s join together and work in unison for victory in December 2024. To be successful, we must dig deep and renew our spirits of patriotism,’ Dr Bawumia emphasised.

‘Let’s be proud of our heritage and work together to lift our dear nation to new heights in this election year.’

During his victory speech immediately after the NPP Presidential Primary on November 4 at the Ohene Gyan Sports Stadium in Accra, Dr Bawumia once again pledged to work with the rank and file of the party, including all the presidential aspirants, to achieve the desired results.

‘Let’s join hands together, I’m determined to work with all rank and file of the party to achieve the Party’s ambition of Breaking the Eight’.

‘That ambition r
equires the participation of all the aspirants. NPP is a thriving democracy, where leaders are elected, not anointed.’

He was of the firm belief that with unity of purpose, the NPP could break the jinx of ruling party losing elections after serving two terms in office.

The NPP presidential candidate expressed the conviction that the party was the only option that could bring economic transformation and prosperity to Ghanaians, given its impressive track record in government.

‘I have spent the last seven years assisting the President to deliver on many demands; to create more opportunities for the youth, improve the welbeing of our people, create inclusive access to secondary education and healthcare, develop and expand road infrastructure and create convenience in accessing public services, as well as leveraging technology to fast track socio-economic development,’ he said.

Dr Bawumia did not lose sight of the global economic meltdown, of which Ghana was hard hit with her macroeconomic indicators in total
disarray, thus, witnessing high inflation figures and interest rates, among other challenges.

However, he was hopeful that with some stringent measures put in place by the Government, the economy would recover fully.

He, thus, called for patience and optimism as the economy is gradually ‘turning in the corner’.

Dr Bawumia, who had championed the government’s digitalisation initiatives, believed that when given the mandate as the President of the Republic of Ghana, he would leverage his core values – integrity, honesty, discipline, compassion for the vulnerable, hard work, ‘can-do spirit’ and inclusivity – to unleash the creative energies of the youth for development.

Dr Bawumia talks about his vision

‘I have my own vision and my own priorities given the opportunity to lead. I shall be my own man with guidance from God Almighty,’ Dr Bawumia said.

‘I want to lead the nation to unleash the talents of our youth and offer good jobs with good pay, and sustainable growth with macroeconomic discipline’.

‘My vi
sion is to build an inclusive, food self-sufficiency, data-driven and systems-based nation that will fully participate in the global digital revolution’.

He pledged to usher Ghana into a golden age of natural resource governance where value addition would be the hallmark, by ensuring that the citizens maximise the benefits of their natural resource endowment.

He pledged to unleash the ingenuity of the youth in various sectors such as information technology, robotics, entrepreneurship, creative arts, and sports, among others, to build a mighty nation.

‘Breaking the Eight’

Dr Bawumia has made the catch-phrase ‘breaking the 8’ a major talking point in the country’s political conversations.

Since the onset of the Fourth Republican Constitutional rule, no political party has ever managed to win a third term after serving two consecutive terms in government.

And it is on that premise that the NPP Flagbearer sets his sight to break that jinx by extending the tenure of the ruling party for a third term in offic
e after 2024.

He views this audacious ambition as achievable, hence, the slogan ‘#It’s possible’.

This is, indeed, a herculean ambition that cannot be accomplished with just a slogan but with serious work on the ground.

The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is bent to thwart this ambition with every strength it could garner from its support base.

The NPP Flagbearer is well aware of the hurdle to overcome in order to achieve this feat, which he encapsulated in his victory speech on November 4, 2023.

He said the Party could not break the eight with a culture of complacency and made a clarion call to the rank and file of the party to girde their loin with serious sacrifices.

Dr Bawumia noted that it behoved on every party member to play a role to make the ambition a reality, saying; ‘ Breaking the Eight is more than a slogan.

We reject a tacit argument that power is handed over every eight years, thereby relinquishing responsibility for the growth of this nation.

‘This eight-year cycle stands
in the way of a long-term vision for Ghana. Therefore, breaking it is not about NPP bragging rights, it is about being able to successfully implement long-term vision and policies under a consistent leadership’.

He told the Party’s supporters during his victory speech that ‘breaking the eight is not about partisanship but about patriotism and knowing that Ghana deserves consistency, focus, and follow-through, and not political bickering and division’.

‘We will break the eight in unity, and we’ll govern in unity because regardless of the margin of our victory, we govern for and in the interest of 100 percent of Ghanaians,’ Dr Bawumia emphasised.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Academic City reaffirms commitment to quality education to meet global needs

Academic City University College has reaffirmed its commitment to providing world-class education in response to the needs of the modern world.

Professor Fred McBagonluri, the President and Provost of the University, said the University was continuing to revolutionise higher education in Africa by developing the next generation of leaders who would make significant contributions to the continent’s growth.

Prof. McBagonluri was speaking at the 7th Matriculation Ceremony of newly admitted students of the University in Accra.

A total of 213 students, comprising nationals from 15 different countries, have enrolled for the 2023/2024 academic year to pursue Academic City’s uniquely designed programmes.

‘From the very beginning, our mission has been to revolutionise higher education in Africa. We are committed to offering the highest quality education possible, whether it’s through online courses, blended learning, or traditional in-person classes,’ he said.

Prof. McBagonluri said it was important to engage act
ively in campus activities, urging the freshmen to do more than just go through school.

He said the University’s educational philosophy embraced and combined entrepreneurship and leadership, making them necessary components of its curriculum and an intrinsic part of students’ prospects.

‘Our commitment to technology and entrepreneurship is exemplified by the Technology and Entrepreneurial Centre, which offers students the opportunity to freely explore their creative ideas and gain practical experience with cutting-edge industry machinery through engaging STEM workshops,’ he added

Prof. Joseph Tufuor Kwarteng, speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, urged the students to take advantage of extracurricular activities on campus, while pursuing academic excellence, as it was very critical in the higher educational setting.

‘In the dynamic landscape of higher education, setbacks are not stumbling blocks but rather stepping stones toward success. Embrace resilience, foster curi
osity, and fearlessly pose

questions. Each challenge is a unique opportunity for profound learning and personal growth,’ he added.

Prof. Anthony Simon, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Mines and Technology, expressed the hope that the freshmen would evolve into a distinctive year group, leveraging the impact from Academic City to positively influence society in various ways.

‘Be disciplined and as you study, try to develop problem solving skills and do well to add new concepts to existing knowledge which have the potential to influence the world positively,’ he said.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Invest in children’s education to secure their future – Gomoa Omankrado

Nana Dr Agyarkwah-Akyen, a newly installed Omankrado of Gomoa Akropong No. 2 in the Central Region, has called on parents to take advantage of the Free Senior High School programme to empower their children and give them a better future.

He said it was critical for children to leverage the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as well as the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) components of the programme to acquire skills and competencies relevant to the demands of modern society.

‘It is important that our children get these important skills so that after school, they will not go chasing government and companies for jobs with their certificates. They need to create the jobs themselves,’ he stated.

The Omankrado was speaking at a durbar to climax the 2024 Sankofa Annual Akwambo Festival, which coincided with his coronation ceremony at Gomoa Akropong No.2.

The festival was on the theme: ‘Raising future leaders through Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics/Technica
l Vocational Education Training (STEM/TVET).’

The celebration saw the generation of funds towards the completion of an ultra-modern community centre attached with an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facility.

Nana Dr Agyarkwah- Akyen, known in private life as Dr Francis Bonney, succeeded his uncle who died five years ago.

He is the Director of Finance at the Ministry of Education.

He and the Queen Mother, Nana Ama Nyarkowah I, were earlier confined and taken through traditional and customary rights leading to their final coronation on Saturday.

They were carried in palanquins amidst fontomfrom and chanting of traditional war songs by Asafo groups through the principal streets of Gomoa Akropong to the durbar grounds.

‘I am prepared to bring on board my expertise towards the socio-economic development of the area, especially education of the youth who are the future of the country,’ he assured.

He commended his family and all who contributed towards his coronation and assured them of his co
mmitment to making the area a place of choice, with God on his side.

Nana Odum Amanfo IV, Odikro of Gomoa Akronpong No. 2, said Akropong should get its fair share of the national cake to foster development and appealed to the government to prioritize the growth of the area.

He expressed appreciation to the gathering for their support to ensure the successful commemoration of the 2024 Sankofa Akwambo Festival and coronation of Nana Dr Agyarkwah-Akyen.

Ebusuapayin Kofi Ampiah of Dishimah Royal family, in an interview with Ghana News Agency, said the family would continue to support the Omankrado to execute his duties effectively.

Rev John Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister of Education, who was the Guest of Honour, represented by Dr Eric Nkansah, the Director General of the Ghana Education Service, donated books to stock the community library.

He also gave tablets to schools, which participated in a quiz competition as part of the festival.

The community received hair dryers and sewing machines from the M

Source: Ghana News Agency

Nkwanta North District Assembly presents 1,260 dual desks to GES

The Nkwanta North District Assembly in the Oti Region, has presented 1,260 dual desks to the Education Directorate to be distributed to selected schools.

The furniture would improve the quality of teaching and learning, to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goal for ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote life-long learning opportunities for all children.

They facility were funded by the Gulf of Guinea Northern Region Social Cohesion (SOCO) project.

Mr William Nawugma Kidinan, the District Chief Executive (DCE), complimented President Akufo-Addo’s revolve to boost the country’s educational institutions, stating that the social empowerment initiatives required the human capital to be strengthened to fulfill national goals.

The DCE asked for assurances from the Directorate that the desks would be delivered to needy schools and utilised as intended.

Mr Mark Ujakpah, the Deputy Director of Education, who received the furniture on behalf of the District Director of Education, said
it came at the right time to assist in solving the critical needs of schools for furniture.

He gave an assurance that his office would adopt a good maintenance culture to preserve the desks.

He appealed to other benevolent agencies to support schools in the district as furniture deficit still stood at approximately 7,000 despite efforts by the assembly.

Source: Ghana News Agency

New Azza M/A JHS building commences after a GNA report

Mr. Eric Tetteh, Municipal Chief Executive of Yilo Krobo in the Eastern Region, has initiated the construction of a new Azza M/A JHS School building after concerns were raised about the safety of the present bamboo structure.

In May 2023, the Ghana News Agency reported in a news item that went viral, cautioning about the likelihood of the collapse of the structures that serve as classrooms for the pupils if there was no swift intervention

Following the report, Mr. Tetteh has cut the sod to pave the way for the construction of a new Azza M/A Junior High School building, which will include state-of-the-art facilities.

The building will include a six-unit classroom complex, along with a library and a common area for teachers, as well as lavatories and a mechanised borehole.

At a press briefing during the sod-cutting ceremony, the MCE said he was personally invited last year by the Minister of Education to discuss the dire conditions of the school.

According to him, the government had been made aware of the
situation at the school through pictures and stories and expressed a strong desire to address the issue promptly.

The MCE said the education minister mentioned that the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, expressed a desire to witness

the construction of the school, prompting an invitation for him to discuss the matter at that level.

‘That was a wonderful day because, since taking office as MCE, I’ve received numerous reports about the school’s poor condition,’ he said.

Adding that, the opportunity enabled him to secure two smart classrooms for the Nkurakan and Klo Agogo communities.

Reverend Peter Atta Bilson, the Director of Education for Yilo Krobo Municipal, said, the state of the bamboo classrooms was having a negative impact on the quality of teaching and learning.

He said the enrollment of students has decreased due to the frequent suspension of teaching and learning during bad weather, and so believes that the construction of the new building would effectively reverse the trend.

The Project M
anager for Samotrust Limited, Mr. Albert Addo, said construction of the school was expected to be completed in six months, adding that, ‘building materials are available on-site.’

‘We will complete this project because the government, assembly, and community are behind us,’ he stressed.

In a report dated May 8, 2023, the Ghana News Agency highlighted the condition of the school and its negative impact on the quality of education, prompting the government to act.

The situation reached a critical point which resulted in the unfortunate loss of some students.

The community in a response came together to build the bamboo structure in 2012,

Mr. Nyumutsu Stephen, Assemblymember for Abrewankor Electoral Area, the GNA for the insightful report on the school’s condition.

Source: Ghana News Agency

UTAG disappointed at government’s re-submission of Public University Bill to Parliament

The University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) has expressed disappointment at the government’s re-submission of the ‘rejected’ Public University Bill (PUB) to Parliament for consideration.

Parliament on Tuesday announced at the commencement of the First Meeting of the Fourth session of the 8th Parliament that some 82 Bills, including the Public University Bill, 2023, are expected to be presented to the House.

UTAG in a statement signed by its National Secretary, Dr Eliasu Mumuni and copied to the Ghana News Agency, said it had observed with deep concern ‘the government’s persistence in pushing through this controversial bill despite widespread rejection from the university community and the higher education environment.’

The Association said it was dismayed by the lack of consultation or engagement with UTAG, the primary stakeholder and beneficiary of such regulation.

‘UTAG vehemently opposes the passage of the PUB in its current form and demands its immediate withdrawal from Parliament,’ the statem
ent said.

It said, ‘The disregard for consultation with UTAG, coupled with the alarming disregard for the concerns of the university community, demonstrates a lack of respect for the principles of shared governance and academic freedom.’

As stakeholders committed to advancing higher education in Ghana, the University Teachers Association urged the government to reconsider its approach and engage in meaningful dialogue with UTAG and other relevant stakeholders, including TUTAG.

‘The future of our public universities and the quality of higher education in Ghana depend on collaborative efforts that respect the voices and expertise of all stakeholders,’ the statement further stated.

UTAG said it stood firm in its commitment to safeguarding the autonomy and integrity of its public universities, and that it would continue to advocate policies that uphold the values of academic freedom, institutional autonomy, and quality education for all.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Complementary Education Agency to educate 30, 000 out-of-school children in deprived communities

The Complementary Education Agency (CEA) has targeted to educate 30, 000 out-of-school children in four regions where the situation has been identified to be endemic.

The intervention, planned for the Bono, Upper East, Upper West and Northern Regions and eight districts, is under the Provision of Complementary Basic Education to out-of-school children between the ages of eight and 16.

This was said at the launch of Cycle 9 Complementary Basic Education (CBE) and Remedial Education Programmes for out-of-school children and dropouts.?

Madam Catherine Appiah-Pinkrah, Acting Executive Director of the Agency, said the selection of the regions was based on the pervasive nature of several vulnerable children who had not received basic formal education.

‘When these young children are developed, they can brighten the corner where they are. It is, therefore, incumbent upon the Agency to offer the out-of-school children the opportunity to acquire education outside the formal classroom,’ she said.

Madam Appiah-Pinkr
ah said stakeholders, including the CEA, should not assume that the Complementary Basic Education was a favour done to the children but Ghana’s future is secured.

She said the most challenging aspect of educating the children had been their integration into the regular classrooms and called for strategic programmes not to ‘make these children hanging’.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, the Acting Executive Director said the CEA educated 5, 000 out-of-school children in six districts in Cycle 8 in 2023 and that the training hinged on TVET skills acquisition.?

Madam Gifty Twum Ampofo, Deputy Minister for Education, who launched the Cycle 9 Complementary Basic Education and Remedial Education Programmes, said the country needed to give an all-inclusive education where citizens would not only read and write but know the effects of destroying the environment.

Source: Ghana News Agency