On 28th January 2020, our President, His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo has commissioned and presented 307 brand new, state_of_the_art ambulances, fitted with advanced life support equipment and tracking devices to be distributed to 275 constituencies.
This is His part of His manifesto promise where He said he will distribute 1 constituency_ 1 Ambulance.
These Ambulances will be managed by the National Ambulance Service and the remainder of the 32 ambulances to the headquarters of the service.
This is also the the single largest presentation of ambulances made to Ghana Ambulance Service, since its establishment in 2004.
At first one ambulance used to serve approximately 524,000 people at the end of December 2016. Now we have much_improved ratio of 1 ambulance serving approximately 84,000 people. By:Betty Akua Agyemang
SONA2020: Teachers to be granted professional allowance – Prez. Akuffo Addo
In the educational aspect of President Akuffo Addo’s State Of the Nation’s Address (SONA), he addressed that, “all plans, all hopes, all expectations for a brighter tomorrow will only come to fruition if they can guarantee an educated and skilled workforce”. He also expressed on how education has been their priority pinpointing to the national budget as a reference to his speculation.
“Mr. Speaker, A look at the national budget gives a clear indication of where our priority lies and it is with education”.
In respect to the chalk and board fraternity, thus the teaching fraternity, the address highlighted on the restoration of teacher trainee allowances. It again highlighted some achievements chalked in the teaching fraternity which are; employment of sixty-seven thousand (67,000) teachers, tier-2 pension funds of teachers have been paid, the three-year backlog of non-promotion of teachers have been cleared. “We have abandoned the three-month pay policy inherited for newly-recruited teachers and cleared 92% of the legacy arrears”. His address stated.
The address again went on to say that the research and book allowances that were cancelled have been restored and his government have agreed to grant teachers a professional allowance.
“We want the teachers to accept that they hold our destinies in their hands”.
Breaking: Meningitis Kills Two Nyankumasi SHS students in Central Region
Two (2) Nyankumasi Ahenkro Senior High School (SHS) students have died of meningitis from seven reported cases in the Central Region’s Assin South District.
Health authorities reported that Meningitis cases were reported in three communities within Assin South involving a farmer, some traders, and a seamstress with public appeals to stop buying counter drugs as treatment.
The death of both students was confirmed by a preliminary report by a medical team at the Assin South District Health Directorate led by the Central Regional Deputy Director of Public Health, Dr. Kwabena Sarpong.
According to him, one of the meningitis risk factors is mainly overcrowding and congestion, as well as persons affected by coughing and sneezing haphazardly further spreading the disease.
Dr. Sarpong disclosed this when he met journalists at the Central Regional Health Directorate in Cape Coast to brief them on precautionary measures on the deadly Coronavirus, Meningitis and Inactivated Polio Vaccine campaigns
He said when his outfit was alerted about the Meningitis disease killing students at Nyankumasi Ahenkro SHS, he rushed to the said School with his hard working team and upon their visit realized that two other students also had the said disease and they were treated and discharged.
Dr. Sarpong added the team screened all the sick students but none had Meningitis.
He said he used the visit to educate the entire School including the authorities and staff about the dangers of Meningitis and measures to prevent it.
Dr. Kwabena Sarpong advised the school authorities to make sure they decongest the school dormitories to prevent the spread of various diseases.
Sex For Grades: Gyampo And Butakor Suspended By UG
Political science professor, Professor Gyampo and Dr Paul Butakor have been suspended by the University of Ghana over the BBC’s report on sex-for-grades
A statement by the University of Ghana stated that “in line with statute 46 (2) of the University of Ghana Statutes, as amended, and regulation 15.0 of the Code of Conduct for Academic Staff of the University of Ghana, the Disciplinary Committee recommended a six-month suspension without pay for Professor Gyampo and a four-month suspension without pay for Dr. Butakor. The suspensions take effect from January 1, 2020.”
Prof. Gyampo and Dr. Butakor are also required to undergo appropriate training on Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy at the University of Ghana, as well as the University of Ghana’s Code of Conduct for Academic Staff.
They will be required to receive a positive assessment after the training before the resumption of their duties. They are also required to undergo an annual assessment for a period of 5 years.
Professor Gyampo, who is also the Head of European Studies at the university, according to the BBC report allegedly requested to marry one of the BBC reporters who posed as a student seeking academic favors.
In excerpts of the video released on BBC Somalia’s Facebook page, Professor Gyampo persuaded the reporter to meet him at the mall where he was caught on camera making “numerous [alleged] inappropriate demands.
Below is the statement by the University
SUSPENSION OF PROF. RANSFORD GYAMPO AND DR. PAUL BUTAKOR
Management of the University of Ghana wishes to inform members of the University community that the Senior Members’ Disciplinary Committee has completed the hearing of the matter involving Professor Ransford Gyampo and Dr. Paul Butakor.
In line with statute 46 (2) of the University of Ghana Statutes, as amended, and regulation 15.0 of the Code of Conduct for Academic Staff of the University of Ghana, the Disciplinary Committee recommended a six-month suspension without pay for Professor Gyampo and a four-month suspension without pay for Dr. Butakor. The suspensions take effect from January 1, 2020.
In addition, Prof. Gyampo and Dr. Butakor are required to undergo appropriate training on the University of Ghana’s Sexual Harassment and Misconduct Policy as well as the Code of Conduct for Academic Staff of the University of Ghana. They will be required to receive a positive assessment after the training before resumption of their duties. They are also required to undergo annual assessment for a period of 5 years.
A Fact-Finding Committee chaired by Justice Vida Akoto-Bamfo, a retired Supreme Court Judge, had investigated allegations of misconduct against Prof Gyampo and Dr. Butakor following the broadcast of the BBC documentary titled: “Sex for Grades: Undercover in West African Universities.” The Fact-Finding Committee found evidence that they had contravened the relevant provisions on misconduct in the University of Ghana Statutes and the Code of Conduct for Academic Senior Members and recommended that the case be referred to the Disciplinary Committee for Senior Members.
Management has accepted the recommendations of the Senior Members’ Disciplinary Committee and has informed Prof. Gyampo and Dr. Butakor accordingly.
The University of Ghana would like to assure all students, faculty, staff, other stakeholders and the public of its commitment to rooting out any acts of misconduct, sexual harassment or any other form of harassment and that it will not tolerate any such acts among students and employees of the University.
Stella A. Amoa
Director of Public Affairs
February 17, 2020