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Government will explore modern technology to fight corruption – Bawumia

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Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Monday expressed Government’s determination to explore the use of modern technological tools to combat the canker of corruption in the country.

He said corruption was the greatest threat to human race and served as an obstacle that undermined government’s ability to fulfill its obligation to promote, protect and respect human rights.

He noted that the nation might not attain its objective of building a Ghana beyond Aid, if corruption thrived, and assured of Government’s commitment to equip all the anti-corruption institutions in the country with the requisite resources to combat corruption.

“We’re capable of funding the majority of our development needs if we can check corruption.

“This is the time to wage an unrelenting war against corruption and to end the public resource waste to sustain fiscal discipline, change our mentality and attitudes towards state and state property, and imbibe sound work ethics into our national life,” he emphasized.

Vice President Bawumia gave the assurance when he delivered the keynote address at the closing ceremony of a week-long Anti-Corruption and Transparency Conference in Accra.

The Vice President also used the occasion to launch the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) Online Reporting Dashboard, which was developed to assist in the implementation and reporting on the Action Plan against corruption.

The digital system would help anti-corruption institutions to compile progress report and reduce the use of paper work.

The conference, organized by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), also marked the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

It was held under the theme:”Waging the Fight against Corruption; Panacea for Ghana Beyond Aid?, which attracted key stakeholders in the fight against corruption, including civil society organization, anti-corruption coalitions, state agencies, development partners and the media.

Vice President Bawumia said the fight against corruption was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders and should not be left to the government alone, saying; “We must collectively fight corruption in a responsible and sustainable manner”.

“We must be able and willing to question poor behaviour, poor performance, administrative obstruction, dishonesty, maladministration, improper use of discretion in administration decision-making,”the Vice President added.

Vice President Bawumia noted that the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan was a priority of (NACAP) because it was a home-grown solution to combat corruption, which posed a good understanding of the corruption risk across all sectors of the economy and how it must be eliminated.

He mentioned some programmes rolled out by the Government within the past 22 months to enhance delivery of public services and combat corruption, including the paperless ports system, e-registration of businesses and electronic public procurement system, while efforts was underway to implement online registration of land titles.

Mr Joseph Whital, the Commissioner of CHRAJ, in his welcoming address, said the Commission since its establishment about 25years ago, had been promoting, protecting human rights and administrative justice, as well as promoting integrity and ethical values and conduct, through coordinated implementation of NACAP.

He was optimistic that the outcome from the conference would ensure the implementation of NACAP, sustain the campaign against corruption and enhance integrity in the country.

Mr Richard Quayeson, the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, presented the State of Human Rights Report of the country for the year under review and outlined some challenges facing the Commission regarding the implementation of NACAP.

He urged the government to address the low stakeholder participation in the implementation of NACAP and called on government to ensure all Ministries, Departments and Agencies implement actions in the Action Plan, the need to resource all anti-corruption institutions in order to reduce corruption and promote integrity in public offices.

Mr Antonio Gutierrez, the United Nations Secretary-General’s report to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 15th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption was read at the meeting by Ambassador Evans Klock, the UN Resident Representative to Ghana.

The World Economic Forum estimated that the cost of corruption is at least 2.6 trillion dollars, representing five per cent of the global domestic product, while the World Bank says one trillion dollars is paid in bribes by businesses annually.

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Minister Says Gov’t Has Recruited 59,000 Teachers Since 2017

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The Minister for Education says the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy has resulted in an increment in student enrolment by some 31%, as opposed to the spectre of 100,000 students falling out of school each year at the Junior High School level in the years before 2017.

Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh indicated that “for the first time in 10 years, under President Akufo-Addo, we have said this and nobody has been able to dispute it, every child in every secondary school has been supplied with all the core textbooks. It has never happened before.”

He continued, “Not only have we supplied the core textbooks, we have also supplied revision books in Maths. Not only that, we are buying questions and answers of the past WAEC exams since 1993 for the students to learn. There is no better time to study than now.”

The Minister for Education made this known on Monday, July 8, when he joined President Akufo-Addo at a meeting with members of the Ghanaian community in Paris, as part of the latter’s official visit to that country.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh indicated that when the Northern grants were established by Ghana’s first leader, Kwame Nkrumah, there were only two schools in the whole of the 3 Northern Regions.

“It did not prevent Kwame Nkrumah from starting bursaries for the Northern schools. Not having enough classrooms will never stop us from having Free SHS. In fact, Ghanaians have voted, and enrolment increased by 31% in 2017 and 2018,” he said.

Towards addressing issues associated with the introduction of the Double Track school system, the Minister for Education indicated that 8,000 teachers were specifically employed.

“We did the timetables that we needed, and the President ordered the Finance Minister to provide financial clearance, and we did. It includes the 59,000 teachers we have employed between now and then. It is not very true what you hear when you listen to social media always. Sometimes your judgement becomes clouded with the truth,” he added.

With the introduction of the 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree in 2018, in the country’s University Colleges, the Education Minister noted that “there is no teacher going to be a diploma teacher. Everyone who is coming out will get a degree.”

The conversion of Colleges of Education into University Colleges by the Akufo-Addo government, the Minister stressed, has resulted in a record number of students seeking admission.

“When they were diploma students, they spent an inordinate amount of time doing top-ups in other schools, and not concentrating in the classroom. Now, it is not a second-rate school to go to because they couldn’t get into the university. It is a choice that they have decided to make as teachers,” he said.

The Education Minister also lamented about non-training of teachers in the curriculum of Junior High Schools for some forty (40) years, with the last teacher resource pack given to teachers compiled in the 1950s.

“We have done it (training of teachers in new curriculum) this year. Things will get better. Education is such that we have to put in a huge investment before you can reap the fruits. It is not like taking your child to the hospital. That is instant. It takes time and we need patience from Ghanaians. Ghana’s education has never been as best as it is now, and it will get better,” Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh added.

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MTN Bright Scholarship To Close By 17th July | Campusradar

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Accra, July 11, 2019 – MTN Ghana Foundation has announced it will close entries for its Bright Scholarship program on 17th July 2019. Applications for the scholarship commenced on June 13th, 2019.

The Foundation is, therefore, urging qualified students who are yet to apply to do so before the closing date. The scholarship is opened to the first year or continuing students pursuing first-degree education in any of the public tertiary institutions in Ghana. To qualify for the MTN Bright Scholarship, students should have credit passes in six (6) subjects with an overall aggregate of 24 at the WASSCE/SSSCE.

Three of the six subjects should be core subjects; English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science or Social Studies and the other three must be in the applicants’ respective electives. Continuing students should have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0, be involved in extra-curricular activities, prove to be without any academic disciplinary issue and must not be serving a bond of good behavior.

Qualified applicants can apply through the web portal at scholarship.mtn.com.gh or visit any MTN Service Center for applications forms.

Commenting on MTN Bright Scholarship, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Mr. Samuel Koranteng said, “We are happy to have launched the second edition of the MTN Bright Scholarship. We are committed to providing opportunities for brilliant and needy students to have a bright future through education.”

Mr. Koranteng said, “Through the MTN Bright Scholarship, we want to ensure that under-privileged students who would have missed higher education as a result of lack of funding get to have access just like other students.”

The MTN Ghana Foundation will award 100 scholarships to students in public tertiary institutions across the country for 2019 academic year. The commencement of the MTN Bright Scholarship in 2018 was in fulfillment of a commitment MTN made to Ghanaians during the commemoration of its 20th Anniversary in 2016. During the celebrations, MTN, through the MTN Ghana Foundation promised to award a total of 300 scholarships over a period of three years. The first batch of 100 scholarships were awarded in 2018 to students in public tertiary institutions across the country.

For over 10 years, the Foundation has awarded over 1000 scholarships to students from basic school to tertiary level. Apart from the Bright Scholarship, MTN Ghana Foundation launched the Teacher Improvement Award Programme in 2015. Since the inception of that programme, 60 teachers have been awarded scholarships to pursue Bachelors or Masters Degree at the University of Cape Coast and University of Education, Winneba. The MTN Ghana Foundation continues to invest in sustainable projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of Ghanaians.

About The MTN Foundation:
The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments. MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus -Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. From inception to December 2018, the Foundation had undertaken 142 major projects across the country. Notable health projects include: construction of a Neonatal Care Center for Tamale Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the 2nd floor maternity block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, construction of a maternity block for Ejisu Government Hospital, and construction of an Emergency Center for Atua Government Hospital. Education projects undertaken include: construction of a boys dormitory for Akropong School for the Blind, construction of a six-unit classroom block for Kodjonya Millennium School, establishment of 10 MTN ICT Learning Centers in each of Ghana’s 10 regions(then) and the institution of an Innovation Hub at KNUST to promote Telecoms Engineering and Research. Key projects undertaken in Economic Empowerment include: the construction of shea butter processing centers, provision of seed capital and skill training for Women of Tizaa Dini Association of Yendi and the Sung Suma Women Association of Wa.

Source: modernghana

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An Old Vandal Makes Great Strides In Europe.

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The maxim is always advanced that “to whom much is given much is expected” but a dude on made grounds has sought to negate this time tested popular saying. With little, Frank Agyeman Prempeh is giving big time back to the society.

Mr. Agyeman Prempeh cognizant of the array of challenges faced his country on many grounds has resorted to teaming up with external donors to offer the needed support to resolve many of the outstanding issues in the country.

The erstwhile Presiding Member of the House of Lords in Commonwealth Hall harbours a long term vision of offering aid to the orphanage homes . Last year on his birthday he was joined with one European Lawyer, JEAN MARIE DE MEESTER, to make a donation to an orphanage home in Nungua .

He has recently been meeting some foreigners in Belgium, France and other European countries who are interested in improving the medical services in the country to make these donations .

Beds and wheelchairs for donation. 

Earlier this week he joined his patrons and few executives of the NGO in Belgium to fill up a 40 ft container with over 30 beds , 25 wheel chairs , and 75 boxes of cloths meant for donations to hospitals and orphanage homes in Ghana.

Mr. Agyeman with his patrons.

Mr. Frank Agyemang-PREMPEH maintained that all these strides have not  been easy and it has taken him a lot of industry to achieve this; from the registration process of the NGO through to today.

As the container handling the medical equipment dispatched to Tema Port the Medihelp team is hoping and appealing that it will receive an import waiver given that it is meant for donation to the vulnerable citizens of Ghana.

By: Campusradar.org

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