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UDS SRC LOOSES FIGHT?…. DEMONSTRATION SUSPENDS

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  1. The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the Navrongo campus of the University for Development Studies has strongly stated it will resist any attempt by management of the institution to upwardly adjust academic fees.

The council says the school in the last two years has seen increment in fees and that, another attempt to make an inflation will be unfair, unconstitutional and against the regulatory policies of the National Council for Tertiary Education.

Speaking at their “Who Is Speaking The Truth” press conference held at the school premises Wednesday, President of the Council, Raymond Korbla Otivi, stated that any “unjustifiable fee inflation” the University authorities would come out with will be met with fierce resistance from the student body.

He questioned why the authorities would want to increase fees when the facilities of the school are nothing as compared to what students in other universities in the southern part of the country enjoy, even though they pay comparatively low fees.

Mr. Raymond Korbla Otivi said: “per history and records, we are to pay something for the management of the facilities that we use and that is the basics for the academic facility user fee. We know that. But what is happening currently, our managers of tertiary institutions have turned it into a different thing altogether. And we want to use this press conference to send a signal and make government aware of what is happening in UDS. If there are increments and they say universities must increase fees, UDS should never increase fees. No matter the kind of services they provide for us, we are telling the whole world that UDS doesn’t have any right to increase our school fees. This is because our Academic Facility User Fee (AFUF) has been inflated two or three times in the last two years and we have been paying this same amount”.

“we have made the analysis and showed documentations to that fact. If someone will go to KNUST year 1 and will pay Ghc 1,749 and in year 2, it will decrease to 1, 300 or 1,400 or even 1, 500 but that is not the case here in UDS. Are we saying it is because of the trimester system that things (fees) have gone up like that? We can’t and won’t accept that. We can never accept that”. He stressed.

The Council scrutinized the school fee components and accused the school authorities of implementing a flat rate fee payment system to cover up for the “greedy and unfair” practice in the university.

“In other jurisdictions, as you progress your fees come down. But here in UDS, your fees go up as you progress. And because of that and in order not to let people know that this is what is happening, they chose to implement this flat rate system whereby they combine year 1,2 3 and 4 and strike an average and tell you that you are paying this amount”.

The Council bemoaned the lukewarm approach some key government officials and institutions have given the several petitions sent them stating issues bothering the student body and called for such institutions to act swiftly to curtail disturbances in the future that may arise as a result of the frustrations the students are going through.

The Council reiterated the preparedness of the SRC to hold dialogues with authorities for amicable solutions to the matter, adding that default to have fruitful discussions will leave the students with no choice than to hit the streets with a massive demonstration to vent their difficulties.

They have given authorities a one-month period to work out their challenges or they will do anything permitted by law to pressure management to reconsider plans to increase their academic fees.

The SRC also announced the suspension of their peaceful student demonstration, stating reasons including the impending ban on noise making by the Navrongo Traditional Council.

Navrongo UDS running on life support

Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports our reporter has gathered indicates that the University is currently facing huge financial challenges that may affect the operations of the school and weaken its fortunes as it will soon become an autonomous body.

The university, which has since the beginning of the 2018/2019 academic year received its first quarter payment of its budgetary allocation recently, is also ran with funds the institution raises from the renting of school facilities and monies from pockets of some benevolent staff members.

Renovation of student hostels, repair works on the school lighting system, to among other things boost the degree of visibility in the night on the campus and some major maintenance work that are supposed to be carried out to give students the necessary and conducive environment to facility smooth teaching and learning, have all been put to hold due to the inadequacy of the released funds.

The university, according to reports, has so far been disbursed with an amount of Ghc 68, 000, representing grants for one out of four quarters, which is woefully inadequate to support the school’s operations.

Another challenge the school faces is the lack of vehicles for administrative work. The Principal, it is gathered, has no official vehicle and accommodation.

Internal academic positions attained by elections, it is gathered, have been given out on tribal lines in the campus. Despite the presence of a Professor, the Faculty of Earth and Environmental Science, for example, is said to be headed by a Dean appointed over a year now.

Appointments into such positions, the Reporter gathered, must not go pass one year. Per inquiries, it is said that a substantive head with the qualification must be elected to take over within one year.

Several attempts to get the school authorities at the Navrongo campus to comment on the issues have been unsuccessful.

Source: atinkaonline.com

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UDS NAVRONGO CAMPUS PUTTING ON A NEW FACE- INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS MANIFESTING

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On Tuesday 14th of January, 2020, the SRC president took upon his WhatsApp status expressing his joy on the ongoing renovation and the “massive infrastructure development”.

His excellency the SRC president Raymond Oviti is nationwide known for his fight for the school fees reduction. This was mainly because, the intended purpose of some slashes in the school fees were not realized.

Through series of dialogue and displeasure of students through demonstration, the administration came into terms with the leadership of the SRC.

The SRC Public relations officer, Mr Ishmael told the student populace through a circular stating that, the administration asked for a little time to improve upon the infrastructures and other pressing issues of concern.

 

 

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True to their words, the administration has started with and ongoing developments as they have promised. Among the ongoing renovation include the NH1 lecture halls and completion of the school library.

The SRC president is hopeful that, the developments as they have promised, will be completed before the end of the second trimester as the auditorium, FAS block and others are in line.

 

 

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5.9m Ghananian Registered For Ghana Card so far-NIA

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The National Identification Authority (NIA) has so far registered 5.9 million (5,907,536) people as at the end of 2019 in the ongoing nationwide mass registration exercise.

Of this number, the authority has printed 5.1 million (5,167,994) cards.

Data from the NIA reveals that 3.3 million (3,323,839) of the printed cards have been issued to registrants while persons who did not receive their cards can pick them up at designated places.

The exercise which currently ongoing in the Ashanti Region has so far registered one million (1,015,259) people in the region as at the end of 2019.

In the Ashanti Region, 761,263 cards have been printed while 552,796 cards have been issued to registrants.

Meanwhile, the NIA has extended the mass registration exercise throughout the Ashanti Region from January 10 to 16.

The extension is intended to restore the two registration days lost in December last year (27 and 28) because of the Christmas holidays.

A statement issued by Assistant Commissioner of Immigration (ACI) Mr Francis Palmdeti, the Head of Public Affairs of the NIA, said the extension also took into account the challenges it encountered in the first two days of the exercise in the region.

It said the move would also enable many prospective applicants in communities across the region who could not register because of the late arrival of some registration equipment to do so.

“NIA is concerned about the disturbing phenomenon of unusually large numbers of persons whose applications are ‘Awaiting Decision’ or have gone into ‘Adjudication’ and, therefore, have not had their cards printed and issued to them in the Ashanti Region.

“This situation frequently arises from discrepancies in the current versus previous biographic data of an applicant, particularly conflicts in date of birth, the spelling of names, change of names and addition of names without the requisite legal documentation backing them.

For instance, where an applicant presented July 1, 1987 in a previous NIA registration but indicates July 1, 1985, in the current registration as his/her date of birth, noting that conflicts such as change of date of birth are particularly manifest in data submitted to NIA currently, compared to data submitted to NIA previously.

The net effect of this situation is that tens of thousands of applicants are unable to get their cards and vouch for their relatives.

The statement indicated that the NIA’s technical system was sensitive and robust enough to detect slight variations in biographic data, as well as acute similarities in biometric data between two or more individuals.

“The system is designed to ‘arrest”’ all suspicious registrations in order to ensure that our National Identity Register is credible and dependable,” it said.

The NIA said adjudication and release of the cards of applicants with relatively “minor issues” are currently underway, and thousands of such cards have been printed and are ready for issuance.

Central, Western and Western North regions

The mass registration exercise is expected to commence in the Central, Western and Western North regions immediately after the Ashanti Region mass registration ends.

In addition, it is the expectation of the NIA that registration on the 16th and final region in the Eastern Region starts by late February to mid-March this year.

Meanwhile, it said the leapfrogging technique, which has been in use since the start of the mass registration exercise in the Greater Accra Region on April 29, last year, should help ensure that every nook and cranny of the Ashanti Region is covered.

That system has been applied in the Volta, Oti, Northern, Savannah, North East, Upper West, Upper East, Bono, Bono East and Ahafo regions.

80% target

It said that although not every eligible Ghanaian can be registered during the mass registration phase, the NIA seeks to register 80% of the population aged 15 and above.

Therefore, the remaining registrable population of Ghanaians under 15, would be registered after the mass registration exercise.

More so, NIA would establish permanent NIA offices in each region, municipality and district by the middle of March, to ensure continuous registration.

It said prospective applicants will, at their leisure, visit NIA offices and get registered at no cost.

NIA staff will also visit schools, hospitals, maternity wards, CHPS-compounds and other birthing centres to register all Ghanaian children.

This way, all Ghanaians aged zero to infinity will be registered.

Starting later this month, NIA will also operate offices jointly with a number of cognate institutions such as National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Births and Deaths Registry, and the Ghana Statistical Service.

It noted that the co-location arrangement should enable applicants doing business at any of those offices to also register for the Ghana Card with ease and at no cost.

The authority entreated Ghanaians to provide evidence of bribery and corruption allegedly being perpetrated by some NIA registration staff to the appropriate quarters for investigation and the necessary action.

Source:the Finder

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GHS194,000 Worth Of Fuel lost In Tanker Fire Near Buipe Depot – BOST

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The Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) has estimated the value of product lost in a fire incident that occurred near its Buipe Depot at GHS194,760.00.

Initial reports suggested that three fuel tankers were consumed by fire at the truck park of BOST’s Buipe Depot in the Northern region on Friday evening, January 3, 2020, but a statement from the company said four Bulk Road Vehicles [fuel trucks] were instead affected.

The statement said three of the affected trucks belonged to the Ghana Oil Company Limited, GOIL, while one was for BF Energy.

The statement signed by Marlick Adjei, the Head of Corporate Communications and External Affairs at BOST noted that two out of the four BRVs “contained 36,000 liters of diesel (AGO) and 36,000 liters of petrol
(PMS) respectively.”

“At the current price of GHS5.41/liter, the value of the product lost is estimated at GHS194,760.00,” the statement noted.

“The fire occurred at the truck park of the depot and not within the depot. It started late in the evening and took a combined force of the depot technical staff and fire officers from the Damongo and Tamale Fire Stations to bring it under control around 10 p.m,” BOST added in the statement.

Cause of fire unknown

BOST in the statement noted that “the exact cause of the fire has not been ascertained as at now and investigations are underway. We shall furnish the public with the details once the technical team completes the investigations.”

The Buipe depot is the central fuel holding point of BOST serving the Savannah, Northern, North-East, Upper East and Upper West Regions of Ghana.

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It receives products through river barges (via the Volta Lake) and through Bulk Road Vehicles (BRVs) loaded from the Accra Plains depot of BOST.

The statement assured that “though a sizable volume of products loaded for OMCs, were destroyed in the incident, product supply in the northern regions and the general operations of BOST as a company will not be negatively affected.”

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