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Aug 23, 2017
President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Bawumia has expressed gratitude to God all citizens of the country for their prayers while he was away on a medical check-up in the United Kingdom. Addressing Nigerians today [Monday], the president said, whiles he was away, he kept in touch with events at home on daily basis. ‘’In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far,’’ he said.   Government he said will reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against; ‘’elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets, kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes, in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.   BROADCAST BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, AUGUST 21, 2017. My dear citizens,     I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters. 2. In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far. 3. In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united. 4. Nigeria's unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood. 5. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance. 6. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view. 7. This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence. 8. The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse. 9. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart. 10. Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax. 11. Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety. 12. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against; · elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets · kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes, · in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all. 13. Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of; · economic security, · political evolution and integration · as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians. 14. I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.   15. Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.
Aug 23, 2017
The, Council Of African Political Parties (CAPP), at its just-ended 3rd General Assembly Meeting in Khartoum, Sudan, held between 19-20 August, 2017, overwhelmingly elected comrade Koku Anyidoho, Deputy General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), to a joint position of, Vice Chairman of the Council, and also, Chairman of the West African Sub Region.    Koku Anyidoho, who has been elected to represent Ghana, will serve a four-year term.       The NDC Deputy General Secretary was elected as one of the five Vice-Chairpersons; with the other four also serving as Chairpersons of the, East Africa, North Africa, Central Africa, and the South Africa Sub Regions.       Nigeria's Dr. Mrs. Hajia Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, who is from the ruling All People's Congress (APC), has also been elected as the new Chairperson of CAPP to also serve a four-year term.    Dr. Mrs. Tijjani Aliyu, beat off very stiff competition from the incumbent Chairman, Mr. Davis Mwilla, who is the current General Secretary of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) Party in Zambia.    Prior to his election as a Vice Chairman of the Council and also the Chairman for West Africa, Koku Anyidoho was elected to serve on both the Executive Committee and Standing Committee of the Council.  Member countries present at the General Assembly Meeting, include; host nation Sudan, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali, Senegal, Niger, South Sudan, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Chad, Djibouti, Malawi, Mozambique, Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, and the Comoros.   The Council Of African Political Parties, which was founded in 2013, to form an umbrella Body for the two major political parties in all democratic African countries, has its permanent Secretariat in Khartoum, and is run by the General Secretary, Dr. Al Nafie Al Nafie, a Sudanese national who retained his position unopposed.     Dr. Al Nafie Al Nafie, is one of the highest-ranking members of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), of Sudan.   As part of the NDC's delegation, was the National Youth Organiser, comrade Siidi Abubackar Musa, who is a member of the General Assembly of CAPP.    
Aug 23, 2017
Nearly 70 Senegalese nationals have been expelled from The Gambia into Senegal's Casamance region, BBC Afrique is reporting.   The measure comes only three days after a meeting held by the interior ministers of the two states in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.   Senegal played a key role in helping President Adama Barrow take power in January, forcing long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh to go into exile.   The expulsions took place after undocumented Senegalese nationals were arrested by immigration authorities during spot checks in Banjul and its suburbs. Last Wednesday, Gambian Interior Minister Mai Ahmad Fatty was in talks with his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Daouda Diallo in a bid to work out a joint strategy to tackle cross-border crime, including drug trafficking and potential terror threats.   Gambia's immigration director, Buba Sanyang, ordered the expulsions without allowing those detained to appeal, BBC Afrique is reporting. It quotes a Gambian government source as saying that the expulsions are not a reflection of President Barrow's immigration policy. According to the source, no officials from the justice and interior ministries were consulted over the expulsions.   Before the expulsions, relations between Banjul and Dakar have been cordial. President Barrow was initially sworn in as president in Dakar, and Senegal sent troops to The Gambia to force Mr Jammeh out of power. Mr Barrow defeated Mr Jammeh in elections, ending his 22-year rule. However, Mr Jammeh tried to cling to power, alleging that the result was rigged.   Source: BBC
Aug 23, 2017
The Executive Director of Youth Alliance for Development, Ali Tanti Roberts has said it is against the teaching profession for a teacher to film instructional times with students.   He explained, teachers are also not advised to use mobile phones or any other gadgets during instructional times and when a teacher wants to do something like that, he or she will need consent from both the parents of the students and the school.   ‘’Even with that, the filming should be for genuine or educational purposes. The purpose should also not violate the laws,’’ he said   He was responding to a video that has gone viral with a class five pupil asking his teacher how a man may be able to have sex with a woman with a bushy genital.     Ali Tanti Roberts said the question was not funny and the teacher could have found a better way to answer the pupil instead of making fun of him, filming and uploading it on social media.   According to him, children are more exposed to a lot of things and it does not mean the pupil who asked the questioned was bad.  ‘’It is so unfortunate that a teacher will film a pupil and upload it on social media. It violates the teaching profession and exposes the minors. It is not funny and so, those  doing so should be ashamed of themselves. They are denigrating the teaching profession.’’   He also expressed disgust at the filming of minors on television Christian channels operated by churches where these minors confess to being witches.   The development he lamented deserves strict sanctions to deter others from doing so.     Ali Tanti Roberts stressed that the Ghana Education Service should take up the issue of teachers filming their teaching to bring sanity among teachers.     The teaching profession he noted is not just anyone looking for a job but a properly trained teacher.
Aug 23, 2017
The Alliance for Women in Media has condemned the attack suffered by a female customer at Kona Bar and Grill in the hands of a bouncer over the weekend.   According to the statement, ‘’Ms Portia Asantewa Duah was with a group of friends at this restaurant and was asked to leave by a bouncer, named BB, who alleged they had not bought drinks and were simply occupying space. One of Miss Duah’s friends explained this was not the case. They had bought drinks; the waitress had simply cleared their table. This bouncer did not accept this explanation. Ms Portia approached a waitress and asked for a receipt as evidence of drinks purchased. Ms Portia began to speak with her friends explaining the incident was embarrassing. The bouncer told Ms Portia to keep quiet; he was not speaking with her. He then slapped her across her face, twice.  Ms Portia sustained swollen and red eyes from the slap. Her shocked friends approached the manager to relay what had happened. The Manager’s response was that they should let the incident go.’’   When the attack was reported to the manager of the facility, she told the victim to let go because it has already happened.   The Alliance for the Women in Media have called for action against the suspect and they have requested the following: The Alliance for Women in the Media:- 1.    supports the victim 2.    condemns the alleged violence of the bouncer named BB. 3.    requires this be treated as a matter of criminal assault. 4.    requires bouncer face trial and sanction 5.    requires The Manager must be sanctioned for their unacceptable response 6.    requires Kona to issue a public apology 7.    requires Kona to issue policy for dealing with violence in their workplace     Read full press statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN THE MEDIA AFRICA (AWMA) STATEMENT ON THE ASSAULT OF MS PORTIA DUAH AT KONA BAR & GRILL                                             Accra, August 21, 2017 – The Alliance for Women in the Media issues this statement to condemn the violence suffered by PORTIA ASANTEWA DUAH on Friday 18th August at Kona Bar and Grill, Osu, Accra.Ms Portia AsantewaDuah was allegedly slapped twice in her face by a bouncer named BB at the above establishment. The incident was reported to the establishment’s Manager. The Manager’s response was that she, and the group who accompanied her, should simply let the incident go. According to Ms Portia Asantewa Duah, below is a record of what happened on Friday 18th August. THE INCIDENT Ms Portia AsantewaDuah was with a group of friends at this restaurant and was asked to leave by a bouncer, named BB, who alleged they had not bought drinks and were simply occupying space. One of Miss Duah’s friends explained this was not the case. They had bought drinks; the waitress had simply cleared their table. This bouncer did not accept this explanation. Ms Portia approached a waitress and asked for a receipt as evidence of drinks purchased. Ms Portia began to speak with her friends explaining the incident was embarrassing. The bouncer told Ms Portia to keep quiet; he was not speaking with her. He then slapped her across her face, twice.  Ms Portia sustained swollen and red eyes from the slap. Her shocked friends approached the manager to relay what had happened. The Manager’s response was that they should let the incident go.   AFTERMATH On Saturday 19th August, Madame Portia spent an entire day – from 9am to 11pm - dealing with this traumatic incident. She went to two different hospitals as the first did not have an eye clinic, then to the police station and then had to deal with the police’s bureaucracy. She has since spent GHC300 on seeking medical attention and getting a medical report for the police. ACTION The Alliance for Women in the Media:- 8.    supports the victim 9.    condemns the alleged violence of the bouncer named BB. 10. requires this be treated as a matter of criminal assault. 11. requires bouncer face trial and sanction 12. requires The Manager must be sanctioned for their unacceptable response 13. requires Kona to issue a public apology 14. requires Kona to issue policy for dealing with violence in their workplace SIGNED Shamima Muslim Alhassan Convener, AWMA For Interviews and Comment:- ANITA ERSKINE: 233 50 453 1222 NANA AKOSUA HANSON:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. MAWUENA TREBARH: 233 24 430 3990 * Alliance for Women in the Media (AWMA) is a Women in Media and Communications advocacy and empowerment group made up of over 150 professionals from across the media industry in Ghana.      
Aug 23, 2017
The Alliance for Women in Media has condemned the attack suffered by a female customer at Kona Bar and Grill in the hands of a bouncer over the weekend.   According to the statement, ‘’Ms Portia Asantewa Duah was with a group of friends at this restaurant and was asked to leave by a bouncer, named BB, who alleged they had not bought drinks and were simply occupying space. One of Miss Duah’s friends explained this was not the case. They had bought drinks; the waitress had simply cleared their table. This bouncer did not accept this explanation. Ms Portia approached a waitress and asked for a receipt as evidence of drinks purchased. Ms Portia began to speak with her friends explaining the incident was embarrassing. The bouncer told Ms Portia to keep quiet; he was not speaking with her. He then slapped her across her face, twice.  Ms Portia sustained swollen and red eyes from the slap. Her shocked friends approached the manager to relay what had happened. The Manager’s response was that they should let the incident go.’’   When the attack was reported to the manager of the facility, she told the victim to let go because it has already happened.   The Alliance for the Women in Media have called for action against the suspect and they have requested the following: The Alliance for Women in the Media:- 1.    supports the victim 2.    condemns the alleged violence of the bouncer named BB. 3.    requires this be treated as a matter of criminal assault. 4.    requires bouncer face trial and sanction 5.    requires The Manager must be sanctioned for their unacceptable response 6.    requires Kona to issue a public apology 7.    requires Kona to issue policy for dealing with violence in their workplace     Read full press statement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ALLIANCE FOR WOMEN IN THE MEDIA AFRICA (AWMA) STATEMENT ON THE ASSAULT OF MS PORTIA DUAH AT KONA BAR & GRILL                                             Accra, August 21, 2017 – The Alliance for Women in the Media issues this statement to condemn the violence suffered by PORTIA ASANTEWA DUAH on Friday 18th August at Kona Bar and Grill, Osu, Accra.Ms Portia AsantewaDuah was allegedly slapped twice in her face by a bouncer named BB at the above establishment. The incident was reported to the establishment’s Manager. The Manager’s response was that she, and the group who accompanied her, should simply let the incident go. According to Ms Portia Asantewa Duah, below is a record of what happened on Friday 18th August. THE INCIDENT Ms Portia AsantewaDuah was with a group of friends at this restaurant and was asked to leave by a bouncer, named BB, who alleged they had not bought drinks and were simply occupying space. One of Miss Duah’s friends explained this was not the case. They had bought drinks; the waitress had simply cleared their table. This bouncer did not accept this explanation. Ms Portia approached a waitress and asked for a receipt as evidence of drinks purchased. Ms Portia began to speak with her friends explaining the incident was embarrassing. The bouncer told Ms Portia to keep quiet; he was not speaking with her. He then slapped her across her face, twice.  Ms Portia sustained swollen and red eyes from the slap. Her shocked friends approached the manager to relay what had happened. The Manager’s response was that they should let the incident go.   AFTERMATH On Saturday 19th August, Madame Portia spent an entire day – from 9am to 11pm - dealing with this traumatic incident. She went to two different hospitals as the first did not have an eye clinic, then to the police station and then had to deal with the police’s bureaucracy. She has since spent GHC300 on seeking medical attention and getting a medical report for the police. ACTION The Alliance for Women in the Media:- 8.    supports the victim 9.    condemns the alleged violence of the bouncer named BB. 10. requires this be treated as a matter of criminal assault. 11. requires bouncer face trial and sanction 12. requires The Manager must be sanctioned for their unacceptable response 13. requires Kona to issue a public apology 14. requires Kona to issue policy for dealing with violence in their workplace SIGNED Shamima Muslim Alhassan Convener, AWMA For Interviews and Comment:- ANITA ERSKINE: 233 50 453 1222 NANA AKOSUA HANSON:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. MAWUENA TREBARH: 233 24 430 3990 * Alliance for Women in the Media (AWMA) is a Women in Media and Communications advocacy and empowerment group made up of over 150 professionals from across the media industry in Ghana.      
Aug 23, 2017
Private schools in Rwanda face an uncertain future amid dwindling admissions as learners increasingly enroll in public schools. Desperate proprietors who face closure of their institutions are now asking the government to sponsor students in private schools at public rates. However, the government has rejected the idea. More than 30 private schools are said to have closed indefinitely this year, while others are struggling to stay afloat after losing students to public schools. School owners told Rwanda Today that even those that had managed to stay open were struggling to meet their operational costs. “We’ve suffered a sharp decline in the number of students enrolled, yet the school has accumulated debt, unpaid salaries and owes arrears to suppliers. It is not clear if the school will re-open,” said Samuel Batamba, the head teacher at College Nkunduburezi in Gakenke District. Mr Batamba said the school used to have 900 students but now has only 80 students after it failed to attract new students while others enrolled in public schools. Decline Many private schools reported a two-thirds decline in student admissions at the close of 2016. As result, the figure of those closing down keeps increasing every year according to the association of private education providers, which has over 100 members around the country. Owners of some schools like Kabuga High School had put up the facilities for sale while others are considering converting their institutions into technical training centres. According to statistics from the Ministry of Education, the government owns 460 out of the more than 1,575 schools in the country. The rest are run by religious bodies with the Catholic church owning 620 schools, the Anglican church 279, Adventist church 22 and Muslim schools are at 16. Another 178 schools are run by parents’ associations and individuals. The most affected institutions are private boarding schools. Figures show that students in private schools decreased from 101,510 in 2012 to 79,076 last year while enrollment in public and government-aided schools almost doubled in the same period. Evariste Nsengiyumva, manager of College de l’Espoir de Gasogi said they lost more than 500 students out of the 1,000 they had in 2014. The reduction resulted in job cuts and made most of the school facilities redundant. “There are many empty dormitory blocs, classrooms and other facilities,” said Mr Gasogi. Twelve-year basic education policy Although the government’s twelve-year basic education policy was not aimed at closing private schools, officials of the Private Schools Association say the move led to the immediate collapse of many private schools since public ones became more affordable. The Ministry of Education not only hugely invested in expanding capacity and teaching infrastructure at public schools across the country, but also introduced the school feeding programme and abolished school fees, making them more attractive to parents. John Gasana, the Vice chairman of the Private Schools Association said competing with public schools requires huge capital investment to improve infrastructure, equipment and hiring skilled teachers, something many private schools cannot afford. Besides, there is also pressure to introduce academic combinations that are seen as relevant to the job market. But Mr Gasana said a number of schools owned by parents associations face an uphill struggle raising capital for the necessary upgrades. “This cannot be easy because schools rely heavily on school fees and parents contributions. The parents on their own cannot meet the required investment the schools will not survive unless they get external funding,” he said. The Education Ministry officials were not immediately available to comment on why the request for partnership with private schools was rejected.   Source: The East Africa    
Aug 23, 2017
Professor Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, has expressed concern about the paucity of research data for development planning in many African countries including Ghana. He urged graduates from the Ghana Institute of Journalism’s Graduate School to endeavour to add value to the nation’s planning through their through research. Prof Yankah said this at the second graduation ceremony of the GIJ’s School of Graduate Studies and Research (SOGSAR) in Accra on Saturday. “…where planning in 20th century Africa was fed on empty data, here we come with tools that can change the destiny of this country, the destiny of journalism and communication,” he said said to the graduates. Prof Yankah said African governments planned based on conjecture instead of reliable data, with journalists having to reach out to sources outside for information about their countries. “It amounts to going beyond yourself to get information about yourself,” he noted. The event was held under the theme: “The role of communication in bridging the gap between academia and industry”. Prof Yankah said the disconnect between academia and industry was due to a lack of synergy between both parties. To address this, he said, there is the need for institutions to talk to each other, understand each other, enter each other’s world and act with one accord. Prof Yankah said while there was unemployment at various levels, some employers were looking for good calibre candidates and those that they will have to retrain. He said that graduate training should help address unemployment as it took students to higher levels where they seek to impart the knowledge they have to younger ones. Professor Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary of the National Commission on Tertiary Education (NCTE) and stand-in chair of the GIJ Governing Council, which is yet to be fully constituted, said government was in the process of constituting new Governing councils for public tertiary education institutions. “…it would not be long before the Ghana Institute of Journalism has its own full-fledged Governing Council in place,” he said. Prof Salifu commended the GIJ for its strides in finding a niche area in Communications and also for its graduate and research programmes, but urged academic staff to engage more in research as it was the bedrock of academic excellence. He said the graduate and research programmes provided a medium through which the university could create new knowledge and innovations to address societal problems and to demonstrate its relevance to the national economy. Prof Salifu also pledged the NCTE’s support for the University and advised faculty to use their book and research allowances as intended. “A national research fund is also in the offing to provide the resources for competitive research into key areas of national policy,” he said. Dr Wilberforce Dzisah, Rector of the GIJ, commended the second batch of graduates for their patience and tolerance in enduring the ‘pain and agony of waiting all this while to be graduated’. He said the GIJ’s graduate programmes have gained popularity and influence, with the number of applicants admitted increasing from 135 in 2015 when the programme started, to 243 students expected to start in September 2017. “The rapid growth is matched by the quality of faculty available…95 percent of those engaged at the postgraduate level have terminal degrees (Ph.D),” he said.     Source: GNA
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