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1998 YEAR GROUP OF PREMPEH COLLEGE GIVES BACK TO THE COLLEGE

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Prempeh College in Kumasi is one Senior High School (SHS) in the country that has distinguished itself and stands tall among the rest not only in terms of academic work but also general school-related activities such as sports, leadership etc. This is evident in the several prominent and influential Ghanaians such as the Ex-President J.A Kufuor the school has churned out over the years.


The story is not any different when it comes to organization of old-student groups in which the College is generally regarded as the school with one of the most well-organized old-student fronts by way of its National Amanfoo Old Boys Association – which serves as a reference point for many other schools.

This extends to the various year groups of the College which have over the years by way of diverse projects supported and contributed to the general development of their alma-mater especially during their homecoming.

The most recent is the 1998 batch which provided the school with state-of-the-art water distribution system – in a bid to mitigate the perennial water-supply challenges on campus.

The initiative expected to significantly boost teaching and learning in the College formed part of major activities to mark the group’s 20th anniversary homecoming held between 7th and 9th of December, 2018.

Giving back to their Alma-mater

The facility wholly financed by the Amanfoo ’98 year group comprises a mechanized borehole and a 7,000 litre reservoir to supply potable water to various dormitories on campus. It was inaugurated on Saturday, 8th December, 2018 as the major highlight of the group’s 3-day homecoming.

President of Amanfoo ‘98 year group, Dr. Ernest Opoku noted the project only reaffirms the group’s commitment to contribute to the development of the College especially after donating a complete Public Address Sound System in 2016.

We didn’t just come back home but giving back to our alma-mater towards its development. This, we deem a crucial stepping-stone to our Silver-Jubilee celebrations in 2023 expected to be marked with a much bigger project in terms of impact” he noted.

Members of the group both within and outside Ghana subsequently made voluntary contributions to finance the project which was jointly executed by Messrs. Boapokas Company Limited and Trezihaus Limited – both of which are owned and managed by products of Prempeh College.

Timely intervention
For the school authorities and the student-body, the project couldn’t have come at a better time given how erratic water supply by the Ghana Water Company Limited unduly affect academic work as well as social and general school activities. According to the Headmaster (Academics) of the College, Mr Ernest Wiafe, the challenges with water supply had reached the crisis stage, the reason the intervention is deemed timely.


Whenever there is a problem with water from the Ghana Water Company Limited, we suffer unduly. Students have to go round looking for water here – sometimes affecting classes. So with this intervention by the 1998 year group, it has taken that burden virtually off. Four houses out of the nine are going to depend entirely on this mechanized borehole and we hope that in the near future other year groups will also come over and provide additional ones so that we can have our own internal water system without depending on Ghana Water Company Limited

The Assistant School Prefect, Dennis Kofi Neizer on behalf of the students expressed their gratitude to the old boys and impressed on other stakeholders the need to continue supporting the school in times of need. “As you started with our sound system and now a mechanized borehole, I know that better things are coming that will help the entire college to make the school a beacon of hope and a light unto the path of other schools” he noted.

Historic homecoming


The 3-day homecoming held between 7th and 9th of December, 2018 was mainly to commemorate 20 years since the old boys completed the College.

Dozens of Amanfoo ’98 old boys participated in addition to representatives from Amanfoo ’97 year-group and the ‘98 year groups of other schools like Yaa Asantewaa Girls Secondary School (YAGSS) – which is generally acknowledged as the College’s female “alliance” school. The event which many stakeholders described as perhaps the biggest homecoming in the college’s history involved a series of activities on campus over the 3-day period.

This is broadly classified into official ones involving the students and/or school authorities and non-official ones by way of merry-making and networking among the old boys.

Outstanding activities
On the first day, Friday, 7th December the “seniors” (as the old boys of Prempeh College are affectionately called) held with the student body, a mentoring session which saw selected “seniors” with backgrounds in Science, Business and Arts share their inspiring, insightful and eye-opening experiences to guide the students in their academic and general-life decisions.


The second day opened with sports and funfair at the College stadium where both indoor and outdoor games were held. The highlight of it all was a 3-team football tournament which was won by Amanfo ’97 Year Group that participated alongside Prempeh College tutors and Amanfo ’98 Year Group as the host team.

The water distribution facility was later on Saturday inaugurated under the patronage of the immediate past Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church, Afigyaase, Rev. Moses Quayson. As part of the unofficial activities, the “seniors” hanged out in the evenings to unwind and network at MaCalean Joint at Nyiaeso and Sapphire Gardens at Atasomanso also owned by an Amanfoo.

The homecoming was climaxed with a thanksgiving service on campus on Sunday. The service saw the old boys lead many activities such as bible reading and announcements among others. Gospel Musician, Minister OJ, a proud member of Amanfoo ‘98 year-group led the congregation in a powerful song-ministration which many described as the highpoint of the service. This was by way of reggae and pop renditions of his inspirational gospel hit tracks which by way of relevance smoothly dovetailed into the sermon delivered by Rev Joshua Ahiaba, another proud member of Amanfoo ‘98 year group who heads the Christ Apostolic Church, Bantama, Kumasi.

Before departing, the old boys unofficially crowned it all with a Special Omotuo and Tuo Zaafi party at MaClean Joint where they also honoured one of their tutors, Mr. Thomas Osei Tutu who coincidentally turned 73 that same day.
Long Live Prempeh College, Long Live Amanfoo ’98.

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Wa Campus Elect SRC Executives

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The best way to make students prepared for corporate relations is to participate in the selection of their leaders; those who would take on the responsibility of spreading knowledge through inspiration, tutoring, campaigns etc. The diffuse and highly personalised character of the mass support that such leaders obtain insulates them from public pressures once in office and this frees them to act responsibly in the public interest.
Winning elections is the principal imperative, the main source of power and the key test of leadership. Student leaders must cope with this electoral imperative and accept that their success depends vitally on winning votes.
From the office of the Electoral Commissioner of UDS Wa – Campus, the following are the final results of the just ended SRC/NUGS elections;

 

Total Votes cast = 3,288
For the SRC Presidency
152 (46.23%) chose NYASS MAHAMA as their favorite and ABLEDU BRIGHT SAKYI had 1744 making 53.04% of the casted votes.
12 abstained, and 12 couldn’t complete the processes.

And for the Local NUGS President;
HAMZA UMAR had 1722, equaling 52.37% of the votes and IBRAHIM RUFAI also had 1532(46.59%). Votes abstain was 32 and those that was uncompleted numbered  2.

That of the Women’s Commissioner had an injunction placed on the results.

Congratulations to ABLEDU BRIGHT SAKYI and HAMZA UMAR; who are now the SRC and the NUGS Presidents elect respectively.

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Takoradi GTUC holds Ninth Matriculation for 150 students

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The Takoradi Learning Centre of the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has inducted 150 new students into its fold to pursue various diploma and degree programmes.

Ms Nusrat-Jahan Abubakar, the Acting Head of GTUC Takoradi, who welcomed the matriculants, said: “Your arrival at this University College marks a new chapter in the story of your life. But this chapter is a bit different. The preceding chapters were largely written by others – your parents, guardians, families, teachers and the like.”

“Now you will be the principal author of the next chapter – you have the opportunity to determine the direction, the plot and the tempo of your story.”

She said they would have the opportunity to learn new things while at the GTUC and acquire knowledge, develop new skills, and enhance their personal attributes in profound ways that would better their lives after university.

Ms Abubakar urged the students to take responsibility for their learning and make the most of their time at the College.

Dr Mrs Juliana Owusu-Ansah, the Registrar of GTUC, who read a speech on behalf of Professor Emmanuel Afuakwah, the Acting President, congratulated the fresh students for gaining admission and said: “You are now a part of an institution that strives for excellence in all areas of research and teaching.”

She said the institution had been at the forefront of technology education of higher learning since its establishment.

“Education is not just about acquiring book knowledge but must be aligned with what life does, what one does, why and how anything require both intellectual and physical knowledge,” she said.

Dr Owusu-Ansah said the Barclays Bank had selected GTUC as one of the beneficiary universities on its tertiary scholarship.

She advised the fresh students to take advantage of GTUC’s programmes and do well to excel in various programmes aside what the curriculum offer.

GNA

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UDS HOSTS 10TH ANNUAL GHABSA CONGRESS

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It’s yet another convergence of the minds of students of biochemistry in Ghana.
Ghana Biochemistry Students Association(GHABSA) celebrates yet another year of excellence with its annual congress which will be held at UDS-NAVRONGO, in the Upper East Region.
The theme of this year’s congress is ‘Building Biochemistry: A peek into the future.

It is geared towards exposing the biochemistry students of the generation the vast field in which their knowledge can be utilised to produce innovative and sustainable development to the quality of life of the ordinary Ghanaian.


Activities on board are; visit to the Navrongo Health Research Centre, recreational visit to Paga, Inter-Institutional quiz and Inter-Institute Debate, sports and games such as soccer, basketball and a whole lot of entertaining exercise to be expected.


A seminar is also slated, where distinguished speakers from the field of biochemistry would talk about the ever growing fascinating science that is biochemistry and also provide answers to eager and enquiring minds.

Suffice to say, this is not a congress we would be too quick to forget.
So come in your masses under the umbrella of the fascinating science that sustains life.

 

GHABSA………………Sustaining life
Biochemistry…………Fascinating science

By: Prempeh Opoku-Ware Lovelace

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