The Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, has entreated parliament to approve the revised school fees for public universities.
Speaking at the 2018 University Of Ghana Alumni Lecture, the Vice Chancellor said the university was facing challenges with regards to funding due to the inability of parliament to pass the approved revised school fees for tertiary institutions.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to Parliament to do something about the fees. This is important for us. We have to ask how we are managing our tertiary institutions. As we speak University of Ghana has a budget deficit of GHc30 million. So we will appeal to you, Mr. Speaker, to use your good offices to speed up the approval of fees for tertiary institutions,” Prof. Oduro Owusu appealed.
The Fees and Charges Act 2009 (Act 793), which was amended by a legislative instrument (LI2228), 2016 seeks to safeguard the public against arbitrary and haphazard charges and levying of students by universities.
In 2017, the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) called on all students of public tertiary institutions not to pay their recently increased fees for the 2017/2018 academic year until Parliament approves the increase.
President of USAG Emmanuel Kwarteng Frimpong said, “Until Parliament goes through the fees, gives the breakdown and approves for students, we should withhold payment, just in fulfillment of the constitutional provisions (Fees and Charges Act 793).’’
Former President John Mahama has expressed strong optimism of victory 2020 for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The former president and aspiring presidential candidate indicated that the performance of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been abysmal.
In his view, the failure of the NPP to deliver on their major campaign promises and the economic challenges Ghanaians are going through would make the challenges of the NDC brighter.
“We have a good chance to win 2020 elections because of the method in which the NPP came into power. They used a lot of sweet words, they promised heaven and I don’t think they thought through the promises because some of the promises were weird and absurd”.
Addressing delegates of the NDC in the Boga East Constituency in the Upper East Region as part of his nationwide campaign tour he said, “When we were in power, small and medium industries were setup in the districts, but One District One Factory sounds nice to the ear, but not only that, One Village One Dam and we say what kind of dam?, the reality comes, they dig dugouts. Under GSOP we dug dugouts across most districts of the country.”
“The worst one is $1m per each constituency and Bolga East was expecting $2m but for 2017 and 2018 no constituency has received such monies. My worry is that, it shakes the fate of Ghanaians in our democracy, it makes Ghanaians believe that politicians are just lairs and will not fulfill their promises”.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has supported Craftsmen Ghana, a group of medical students at the University of Ghana Medical School with 25 colour coded waste bins to advance an initiative to practice waste segregation in the school.
The presentation was made at a short ceremony at the University of Ghana Medical School at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital last Friday, and was graced by the Provost of the College of Health Sciences at UG, Reverend Professor Patrick Ferdinand K. Ayeh-Kumi, The Head of Sanitation Directorate at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource, Mr. Anthony Mensah, Sustainability Advisor of AMA, Mr. Desmond Appiah and students of UG Medical School.
According to the leader of Craftsmen Ghana, Theodore Amegashie, the idea to segregate waste from source was to divert waste from landfill sites into recycling, adding that, the initiative would be piloted in ‘Block D’, one of the school’s hostels and later scaled up to other parts of the hospital with support from AMA.
Segregating waste from source, he said, was an environmentally safe alternative for land filling with the tendency to protect the environment from dangerous fumes from compaction, and degradation of structural integrity of lands used as landfill sites.
Mr. Desmond Appiah, the Sustainability Advisor of AMA, who presented the bins on behalf of the Assembly, commended the students for their step to practice waste segregation and promised them of AMA’s unending support to ensure its successful implementation.
He indicated that over the years, the AMA has taken steps to reduce the quantum of waste that goes to land fill sites, stressing that “the Assembly recognises attitudinal change as a means to ensure a clean Accra so any initiative that will support the agenda of reducing the quantum of waste going to landfill sites and that can encourage people to recycle, will be supported by the Assembly because waste is money.”
Mr. Appiah recalled that the AMA has distributed over 1,000 colour coded waste bins under the Waste Segregation Program for Basic and Senior High Schools rolled out last year, to create a culture of waste management by separating plastic waste from organic waste in order to make waste a resource and subsequently reduce the amount of waste for landfill sites.
The Head of Sanitation Directorate at the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resource, Mr. Anthony Mensah in a remark said the Ministry was working towards shifting from land filling to waste recycling and commended AMA for initiating waste segregation, which the university of Ghana medical school has adopted.
Gold trading company, Menzgold has been dragged to court by one of its customers.
The customer, Reverend Joseph Appiah Odei, a resident of Tabora ibn Accra dragged the company and its Managing Director, Nana Appiah Mensah to court in relation to his GHc24, 000 investment.
The man of God is claiming general damages for breach of contract and misrepresentation.
He is also claiming interest on the total sum of Gh₡24,000, which he deposited, with Menzgold on April 20, 2018.
His suit was filed on October 5, 2018 at the Accra High Court and in his writ he states
that on April 20, 2018, he deposited 12 pounds of gold estimated at Gh₡24,000 for a period of 12 months and paid a non-refundable commission of Gh₡1200 to Menzgold.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the company says customers who wish to terminate their investment transaction will receive the full amount of their investment in 90 days if the ongoing misunderstanding with statutory institutions is resolved.
“Should Menzgold succeed in reaching an amicable resolution with the authorities, customers wishing to continue trading with Menzgold are free to exercise the option of continuing to trade with us. Similarly customers wishing to terminate their business with Menzgold are free to do so and should be rest assured of their full payment in 90-days as stipulated…” a statement released by Menzgold, Monday said.
The Objective Media Forum, a non-political group has issued a statement to slam persons agitating against the extension of the Deputy Inspector General of Police’s contract.
The forum in its statement said, the president extended the contract of Mr James Oppong-Boanuh in accordance with Article 119 Clause 4 of the 1992 constitution, which provides that: “Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article, a public officer, who has retired from the public service after attaining the age of 60 years, may, where the exigencies of the service require, be engaged for a limited period of not more than two years at a time but not exceeding five years in all and upon such other terms and conditions as the appointing authority shall determine.”
The forum has therefore cautioned Ghanaians to desist from the partisan approach in discussing the matter and allow the appointed Deputy IGP to work.
The statement described the Deputy IGP as a competent person who has gone through the ranks and garnered the needed experience for the job.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has extended the contract of Deputy Inspector General of Police, COP James Oppong Boanuh by one year, MyNewsgh.com can exclusively report.
The former Director-General in charge of Police Administration attained the mandatory retirement age on October 8, 2018 but was asked to stay on by virtue of the fact that his services were still needed by the police administration and the country.
A letter dated October 4, 2018 and signed by the Nana Asante Bediatuo, Executive Secretary to the President on the contract extension read in part “With reference to your letter dated 17th September 2018, and a Memo dated October, 2018, from the Minister for the Interior on the subject matter above, I am pleased to inform you that the President of the Republic has granted you a one-year contract of service as Deputy Director-General of Police, effective 8th October 2018, to 7th October 2019. I take this opportunity to congratulate you once again. Kindly indicate your acceptance or otherwise of this appointment, within 14 days of receipt of this letter. Please accept the President’s best wishes”
Read Below the full statement
The Objective Media Forum has followed with keen interest the unfortunate attacks on the president following the extension of the contract of the Deputy Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuh.
The reactions following his appointment and extension of contract by a year is not only reckless but a deliberate attempt to create unnecessary tension in the police administration.
President Akufo-Addo is mandated by law to extend the contract of security officials and has not erred by this action he took.
Per Article 199 Clause 4 of the 1992 Constitution as amended by Section 6 of the 1992 Constitution Act 527, 1996 (Amendment), the President has the prerogative to extend the service of a public officer on reaching the retirement age of 60 years.
Clause 4 of the amended Act provides that: “Notwithstanding clause (1) of this article, a public officer, who has retired from the public service after attaining the age of 60 years, may, where the exigencies of the service require, be engaged for a limited period of not more than two years at a time but not exceeding five years in all and upon such other terms and conditions as the appointing authority shall determine.”
We have to commend the appointment of the Deputy IGP because for years, we have not had any person appointed for the position.
The Deputy IGP position, which is part of the Police Service Regulations under Constitutional Instrument (C.I.) 76, has been vacant for many years.
Mr James Oppong-Boanuh is not qualified for the job but experienced.
He has held over 134 positions out the 18 available in the police administration.
He has enormous experience from police management and filed command,
He has also worked with the United Nations/Peacekeeping Mission, Investigations and prosecutions.
It was under his watch that the police headquarters saw reorganization by introducing the decentralization and giving each schedule officer a secretariat with its own staff including a staff officer.
As Deputy Police Commissioner for AMIS in Darfur, he led the Advance Team to set up the police component of the mission from scratch and his team also drafted the CONOPS for the police component.
These are but few of his achievements we wish highlight.
His Masters in Human Rights, from the University of Winneba, B-Ghana School of Law, Bachelor of Arts among others makes a perfect candidate for the job.
We wish to conclude that the Deputy IGP should be allowed to work without any hindrance.
As part of its mandate to help raise funds to improve mental health care delivery in Ghana, Friends of Mental Health (FMH), has donated assorted items to support three public mental health facilities in Ghana.
The donation was done today [Wednesday] to mark the World Mental Day.
Items donated include mattresses, cartons of washing powder, toothbrushes and cartons of toothpaste, toiletries, and disinfectants, medical supplies among others.
The items according to FMH amounted to over GHc70, 000 and will be given to the Accra, Ankaful and Pantang Psychiatric Hospitals.
Mental Health Ambassador and Board Member of FMH, Carla Zwennes, in her address said, one of the primary vision of the NGO, is to demystify stigmatisation associated with mental health in Ghana.
Mental health she said is not only an economic problem but also a social problem hence the need for us to give it the needed attention.
She encouraged ‘’big organizations to participate in the initiatives of FMH.’’
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of FMH, Nana Amoako Wiredu Stephen, indicated that the NGO was established to help provide financial support for the enhancement of mental health care within the African Continent including Ghana and as part of its core values, they solicited for funds to purchase the items for the three hospitals.
According to him, it would be important to make mental health care services available to people who need them in their communities.
He also stressed on the need to provide patients of mental health clean drinking water, good supply of drugs, beds, food, laboratory equipment provision among others.
The inability of government to pass the LI on mental health is making it difficult for the mental health authority to have the needed funds to work with, he decried.
He expressed gratitude to Morrison and Associates, Chinese Chamber of Commerce and other donors who supported FMH.
On his part, Mr Tang Hong from the Chinese Chamber of Commerce said, mental health issues should be given the needed support.
He said, the Chamber of Commerce assisted FMH because it felt the initiative was laudable.
Receiving the items on behalf of the three hospitals, Head of Public Relations at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Ama Boahen thanked FMH for the kind gesture.
She assured FMH the items would be used for the purpose they were sent, ‘’we can assure you of that,’’ she added.
FMH is an NGO dedicated to advocacy of mental health issues as well as improving mental health care delivery in Ghana and the African continent.
About The Foundation
The Friends of Mental Health NGO in conjunction with the Mental Health Authority is taking up the cause to raise funds from individuals and organizations to assist the Authority to resolve the dwindling concerns of the institution, to make the environment conducive enough for people to stay there for their treatment, and particularly to make mental health care services available to people who need them in their communities, such inputs will include the provision of clean drinking water, good supply of drugs, beds, food, laboratory equipment provision etc.
We believe that the best way to unlock human potential is through the power of creative collaboration. That’s why we are building partnerships with businesses, NGOs, governments, and individuals everywhere to facilitate this project, to transform lives and communities from what they are today to what they can be tomorrow.
We value collaboration and will actively seek partnerships within and across health, addiction and mental health arenas to strengthen our mutual impact. Accountability is a value demonstrated through careful stewardship, accounting and monitoring practices. Excellence is a value that comes to life with a focus on innovation, and evidence informed emerging trends and practice. We value the strength and skills of people and their capacity to recover and take charge of their lives.
We demonstrate respect for all, including patients, families, caregivers, staff and stakeholders and encourage full participation of all those whose lives will benefit by our work. Empathy and compassion are fundamental values and are reflected in our relationship with others. Integrity is a value which underlies the work of the Foundation and its Board and staff.
Providing financial support for the enhancement of mental health care within the African Continent.
To be a catalyst that inspires & promotes positive change in the area of addiction & mental health.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) for the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Mrs Joyce Afutu, has said, the existence of political vigilante groups is a threat to national security and democracy.
In an interview with Nyankonton Mu Nsem on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, she said, these groups formed by political parties if not checked will destabilise the country and threaten our democracy.
Vigilante groups she said must be disbanded and also underscored the need for politicians to desist from interfering in the work of the various security services.
She made reference to the near attack on MP for Tafo, Dr. Akoto Osei and similar occurrences undertaken by Delta Force group, a vigilante group associated to the NPP.
She described as illegal the existence of vigilante groups and has called on political parties to disband their groups.
‘’If don’t take steps to resolve this problem, we will encounter serious crisis and upcoming 2020 polls would be threatened,’’ she lamented.
She added, ‘’but for the intervention of the police and the grace of God, the Tafo MP would have been attacked. This is not the best. We have to condemn it.’’
Mrs Afutu emphasised that, the issue has reached a crisis level and calls for a collective efforts to resolve it.
Members of Delta Force over the weekend attempted to attack the Minister for Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr Anthony Akoto Osei, at Tafo Pankrono, where he is also the Legislator.
Even though the Minister was whisked away to safety, the action of the group disrupted the planned meeting between the Minister and NPP constituency executives.
Addressing a news conference in Accra on Monday, the Chairperson of the NCCE, Josephine Nkrumah, said the recurring attacks on state officials and installations by the political vigilante group has reached levels worth classifying as "a national crisis" hence demanded a state-led swift action.
The receivers of UT and Capital Banks have realized over GH₵400 million have been from the sale and recovery assets, belonging to these defunct banks.
“The greatest value of the banks’ assets is the loan stock. It constitutes approximately 70% of the total assets of GHC3.9 billion of the banks and this is at the heart of our recovery efforts. The total loan stock of the two banks amounted to GHC 2.7 billion as at the receivership date,” a statement from the receivers said.
The statement added: ‘’In our efforts to recover outstanding loans, we have initiated a civil action against debtors with several writs filed so far. Where there has been criminal activity, we have involved the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO). In the investigation of some of these criminal activities, EOCO has prepared several dockets and sent them to the Attorney General’s Department for prosecution.”
Read the full statement below:
UT BANK LIMITED AND CAPITAL BANK LIMITED (BOTH IN RECEIVERSHIP) - RECOVERING OUTSTANDING LOANS
Accra, 9 October 2018 - Over the last twelve months, we have been engaged in the process of winding down the activities of UT Bank Ltd. (“UT”) and Capital Bank Ltd. (“Capital Bank”). Both banks went into receivership in August 2017, as a result of severe impairment of their capital. GCB Bank Ghana Limited, through a Purchase and Assumption Agreement signed with us, purchased some assets and assumed certain liabilities of the two banks.
The greatest value of the banks’ assets is the loan stock. It constitutes approximately 70% of the total assets of GHC3.9billion of the banks and this is at the heart of our recovery efforts. The total loan stock of the two banks amounted to GHC 2.7billion as at the receivership date.
A key component of the Receiverships is to secure all assets including the recovery of outstanding loans and advances not assumed by GCB for the benefit of creditors. We have realized over GHC 400million through our sale and recovery efforts.
The creditor base of the two banks includes the Bank of Ghana, depositors, Development Finance Institutions, employees and trade suppliers of the two banks. We have made a request for creditors to submit their claims and proofs of debt for validation. Of a combined creditor claim of the two banks amounting to approximately GHC4.4billion lodged with the Joint Receivers so far, we have validated and agreed on claims worth approximately GHC3.7billion.
The payment of creditors will be governed by the Banking and Specialized Deposit Taking Act 2016, Act 930 in the order of Secured Creditors, Bank of Ghana, statutory amounts owed Government, e.g. taxes, wages and salaries owed employees etc.
In our efforts to recover outstanding loans, we have initiated a civil action against debtors with several writs filed so far. Where there has been criminal activity, we have involved the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO). In the investigation of some of these criminal activities, EOCO has prepared several dockets and sent them to the Attorney General’s Department for prosecution.
We are vigorously pursuing debtors through negotiations and court actions in order to recover substantial amounts owed both banks as this is critical to the task of paying creditors including employees. The Joint Receivers will also be publishing the names and amounts owed the two banks by defaulters in both print and electronic media soon. – Joint Receivers
Mr Eric Nipah
For Joint Receivers