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Cape Coast youth turn trash into creative works

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An innovative training programme to equip the youth in the Cape Coast metropolis on ways to tackle the growing sanitation menace by turning trash into creative works has been launched.

The novelty, which was spearheaded by Play Soccer Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with support from the French Embassy in Ghana, is to equip the youth with knowledge, tools and skills to transform water sachets into useful items.

Addressing participants at the Oguaa Football for Hope Centre in Cape Coast, the Country Director of Play Soccer Ghana, Mr Franklin Asuo, said the problematic social and environmental consequences associated with the widespread use of water sachets brought about the need for the training which was dubbed: the NET Initiative.

Sachet water menace

He said although sachet water was an important source of drinking water in the country and the industry provided improved access to clean drinking water, it was the major cause of sanitation problems.

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He, therefore, stressed the need for concerted efforts to create avenues that would tackle the problem.

The country director said the programme, which was being implemented in partnership with the Ghana Education Service, Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and the Ghana Health Service, would benefit young people in underprivileged communities in the Central and Northern regions.

Creative re-use

Mr Asuo stressed the need for creative re-use of solid household waste to generate new usable products in order to address the sanitation menace.

He said as a means to tackle the growing problem of sanitation in the country, creative reuse should be encouraged among the youth through the collection of discarded materials from the public that could be reused and given new life to generate usable products.

“These newly created items can be sold to the public or donated to other groups for reuse, thereby reducing pollution”, he added.

A beneficiary, Ms Felicia Takyi, said the programme had equipped her with a skill that could be used to generate income for herself and her family.

She said she would also pass the training down to children in her community as a way to give back to the society.

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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.

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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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