Some few days back, the Upper East Regional Minister visited UDS, Navrongo campus on the purpose of meeting up with the staff and students.The meeting was held at NH1, the biggest lecture hall on campus.
The MC called upon the principal Prof. Albert Luguterah to give his welcome
address and speech. The principal in his speech made known that there are three faculties which
include Faculty of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Faculty of
Mathematical Sciences and fourth faculty yet to be established, faculty of computing and
information science. The principal, Prof. Albert Luguterah also made known that the campus has
eight departments which runs several programs at the diploma, 1st degree, masters and PhD
levels with the current student population at 1925. Comprising 1805 undergraduate students and
125 post graduate students.
The staff population of Navrongo campus is 236 with 123 junior members and 44 senior staff
and 69 junior staff. The principal lamented on the number of staff being inadequate especially
the junior staff considering the magnitude of work to be done. “The Navrongo campus is the least
developed and most deprived campus of the University for Development Studies. We have inadequate staffing, inadequate facilities, inadequate equipment and laboratories. Inadequate vehicles, the darkest campus, the poorest road network etc. and yet some of the ground breaking
and even faint painted researches have been and being conducted here on this campus” – Prof.
Albert Luguterah. The principal made known to the Hon Regional Minister the hope in using
her good office to help address some of the challenges as the youth and her municipal chief
executives have already started doing.
Prof. Albert Luguterah said “our challenges
notwithstanding, the Navrongo campus has contributed and will continue to contribute its quota
to our beloved country. It has produced fine graduates at all levels who in more than one way
have served and are serving Ghana in several capacities and areas from medicated issues to
industry, from politics to health and many more. And we are even poised to contribute even
more with the President’s announcement of converting our campus to an autonomous
university. While some see dream in this announcement, for us, this announcement is good news
to us and we believe it is also good news for Ghana. We see opportunities. Opportunities for
growth, opportunities for development of our community and region. Opportunity to bring out
the best in us for our mother land Ghana and many more and even opportunities to collaborate
with our sister campuses for the development of Ghana beyond aid.” The principal concluded on
the point that, the separation of the campuses into autonomous can be done and should be done
peacefully and fairly so no campus will be disadvantaged. Which will benefit us now and in the
future if so.
The MC equally called upon the honourable minister to mount the podium and
give her speech. She said on the outline it is indicated that speech / comments so she is going to
comment. After addressing the various protocols around, she thanked everyone for having time to
meet up with her though some of the students were preparing for exams in some few moments ahead. The honourable minister made known that she was here on a familiarisation tour
due to the fact that she has been on Navrongo Campus several times but not as a regional
minister. She has now found it a need to visit the various institutions in the region to know their
challenges and address them as such.
The honourable minister said, the best news to her is the Navrongo campus of the University
for Development Studies becoming autonomous and she will always like to see the glass half full
and half empty. She disclosed that the road network has been given out on contract. “If the
contractor hasn’t moved to site he should move to site and set artefact”. – Regional minister. She
also made us aware that some projects which she doesn’t have the details has been given out
on contract for either renovation or complete build up which may include or exclude the
broken sealing of the NH1 hall which doesn’t befit the status of a university, there is the need of an air
conditioned hall. That statement cheered everyone around but she said she is not promising but
assuring since she doesn’t know the difference between promise and assurance. The regional
minister said, being autonomous is good but then it comes with challenges which include problems of internally generated funds and number of staffing. She disclosed that she and the
principal spoke about the lightening system earlier on before the meeting with the students
and staff. She said, the lighting problem is going to be fixed but in a cost sharing form. Which
means the University will have to contribute in a way in the project. The school’s auditorium is a
building constructed by some Chinese individuals some years ago but then not long ago, the tiles in the building have started removing. The honourable minister said, she will take it into
consideration and make arrangements for the right thing to be done even though the contractors are not from the country and ensure that there is value for money.
“That’s the biggest problem in the country we don’t value money so we are not supposed to do things anyhow” said
the honourable minister. She made it clear she has been a student before even though not on UDS Navrongo campus, the courses we are offering are challenging and yet prestigious and
lucrative if pursued well. The reason being that we are a developing country and every developing country has its own challenges in regards to education. She encouraged the students to be self-motivated to keep on moving in adding value to themselves. It was her
request for the students to put in their best so as in the future they will be proud to be products of the University for the Country also to be proud of them. It was her plead for the students to
collaborate with the staff and she the regional minister in order to work policies, programs and
challenges that the University will face and how to collectively find solutions to the problems.
The regional minister commended the students for holding themselves up not causing any act of riots over the years. It was her request for the students to humbly pass through the right and appropriate
channels in resolving challenges so as to maintain the good name created for themselves. “Thank you much for your attention and even as you study for your exams, let’s work
together I appreciate you all. Thank you” – Regional minister.
The MC gave the opportunity for questions or any other submissions. Mr. Apori Ntiful, a physics lecturer, pleaded with the honourable minister and her team to do everything in their capacity and collectively ensure to the establishment of the autonomous
university, University for Technology and Applied Sciences (UTAS). But then Mr. Apori lamented on the welfare of the staff which if care is not taken, will push away all the
dedicated staff that has brought the university this far. Some of the students also made
contributions and lamentations which included the school hospital not accepting NHIS, and the unavailability of an emergency vehicle to convey students to hospitals making their welfare on campus a risk.
The issue on our school fees also contributed to the lamentations of the students. There were others
who were willing to make various contributions or ask questions but the honorable minister
suggested them to put them in writing and pass them to her through the principal’s office. This
was due to another meeting she had with NAVASCO, a Senior High School few meters from
Why Yvonne Nelson Did Not Attend John Dumelo’s Wedding
Over the weekend, actor John Dumelo had his white wedding at Royal Senchi and that had been one of the most trending news till now.
Several celebrities trooped to the event grounds to support the couple but one person missing in action was his ex bestie Yvonne Nelson.
From the pictures and videos circulating online, we had seen Nadia Buari who happened to be the main bride’s maid, Yvonne Okoro, Sandra Ankobiah, Jackie Appiah and several others.
Yvonne Nelson who was missing even though she was in the country sent a very strong message across. Were they fighting thus she didn’t go? Were there issues between the two so John didn’t invite her?
Well, according to Yvonne Okoro, John invited Yvonne Nelson to his white wedding but there was a family emergency and she had to cancel at the last minute.
That’s what Yvonne Okoro explained to a fan who asked why her colleague Yvonne Nelson was nowhere to be found.
Even if Yvonne Nelson had an emergency to attend to, it’s been almost 48 hours after the event but she hasn’t made a single post to congratulate her bosom friend John but she has made a series of posts both on her Instagram page and story.
This is where we think there is something wrong; the two paddies might probably be quarreling thus she didn’t attend his wedding and hasn’t posted anything yet. Let’s see if she will post eventually.
Here’s a screenshot of Yvonne Okoro telling a fan the reason why Yvonne Nelson couldn’t make it to John’s wedding.
Mrs. Akua O. Boateng Appointed As Ghana University Student Chamber Patron.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana has assigned Mrs. Akua Ofosua Boateng, Assistant Director IIB/Multilateral Relations Bureau at the Ministry as Patron/Advisor for the University Student Chamber-Ghana.
The Ministry made this known in a letter dated 29th April, 2019 addressed to the President of the University Student Chamber-Ghana, Mr. Addo Benjamin Armah.
UNISC Ghana had written to the Ministry requesting it to appoint one person to the position of a Patron/Advisor of the organization.
The Ministry assured UNISC Ghana of its highest consideration and in fulfilling their request appointed Mrs. Akua Ofosua Boateng, a selfless, devoted and determined woman, who tries her best to make the best out of anything!
PREMPEH COLLEGE 2018/19 PREFECTS GIVES BACK TO PREMPEH COLLEGE
It seems to be a characteristic of all those who have the green blood flowing through them because what they seem to have very little difficulty in doing aside great academics and well behaved gentlemen, they seem to find a way to always give back. One may ask whether Prempeh College teaches “donation” as part of its major courses because everyone seems to have passed the test.
What happened this time round?
It seems the prefects of the 2018/2019 academic year have proved to be really worthy of that title.
The team as part of its hand over decided to show its sports men gratitude for beating their rivals(Opoku Ware School) and all other schools in Ashanti Region and proving that Prempeh College comes first and is never second to anyone in any competition.
The Prefects were grateful to the sports men for winning the Inter-Colleges but were more than overwhelmed when they topped it up with winning the Superzonals which had been one title the college had been waiting for a long time.
The 2018/2019 team of prefects launched their project to show its rivals how a project looks when we talk of internal house affairs which usually excluded aesthetics.
The team of Prefects led by the Domestic Headboy, Snr. Neizer Dennis Kofi and Senior House Prefect, Snr. Boansi Divine; launched the donation of jerseys with a football match on the 13th of April, 2019 on the College Stadium.
The Prefects had gone through a balloting for the various team members led by various captains who happen to be Snr. Agyemang Akwasi Prempeh (College Prefect I), Snr. Nti Darkwah Koduah (College Prefect II), Snr. Neizer Dennis Kofi (College Prefect III) and Snr. Divine Boansi (College Prefect IV). Who upon their great prestige, decided to sweat it all out to defend their teams and lead them to victory.
The matches were tough as most of the prefects seemed to have hidden strength and skill stored up in a bank waiting for an opportunity to unleash them under a wonderful project such as this. After four (4) hours of football, good music and commentary, the captain of the side; Snr. Neizer Dennis Kofi, won the tournament after beating Team Divine 5-4 on a penalty shootout.
Winning Captain and Project’s Manager, Snr. Neizer tells us “we know our boys are very good in the field of sports but we really want to prove ourselves better by making sure we provide all the facilities the sports men need to help us excel in all the fields leaving nothing out. As such, we have realized we have fallen short in the field of soccer and deem it fit to try with all resources possible to better that side of our great sports department. I hope those boys over there will learn to make the engine run better without “huffing and puffing” rather than trying to spray the vehicle itself with a different colour. I pray this initiative goes a long to motivate my seniors to do more and also serve as an excellent template for the next batch of prefects to also translate from. Thank you”
Speaking in a meeting with the headmaster, the Prefects were happy that their kind gesture was upheld by the whole College body which came to support during the match to make everything successful. Above all, they are happy about the unity that was created and pray that this becomes a humble beginning to a longer flight of stairs towards greatness.
We wish all the final years a successful WASSCE in the few weeks ahead as they round up their stay on campus.
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