Vigilante refers to a member of a self appointed group of citizens who undertake law enforcement in their communities without legal authority, typically because the legal agencies are thought to be inadequate .
Vigilante entered English in the 19th century borrowed from the Spanish word of the same spelling which meant “watchman, guard ” in that language . The Spanish word can be traced back to the Latin vigilare ,meaning ” to keep awake ” the earliest use of the word in English was to refer to a vigilance committee ,a committee organized to suppress and punish crime summarily, as when the legal process appears inadequate .
In Ghana ,this word has been misconstrued , abused and it has gained alarming notoriety in the Ghanaian parlance for the very wrong reasons and whenever vigilante is mentioned ,the only thing which readily comes to mind is the use of well built young macho men to met out violence on innocent citizens whose only crime is that they have dared to challenge or disagree with the position of their paymasters .
Historically, around the early 200s, Ghanaians woke up one gory day only to realize that an ardent supporter of the NDC and the Rawlings’s by name Mr Sofo Azorka had mobilised a group of young men to visit violence on some party members including Mr Francis Essiem for allegedly insulting former President Rawlings at one of their party’s Congress which as usual of Ghanaians received some condemnation but after a number of events,the group came to be accepted as “Azorka boys” .
In a sharp rebuttal , the then youth organizer of New Patriotic Party, Mr Mogtar Bamba also formed a similar group who got to be known as the” Bamba boys” who also visited in equal measure violence on citizens and caused tension amongst Ghanaians especially during by election and general election .
Beside the verbal condemnation of the actions carried out by these criminal groups there was no conscious effort by people in authority especially the security agencies to crackdown on these groups.
It therefore never came as a shock to many political watchers when several of such groups like ;the Invincible Forces ,Bolga Bulldogs and Delta forces reared their ugly heads for the first time in the political scene causing violence on innocent Ghanaians and in some cases members of the same party which reared them with delight to visit violence on their political opponents .
Shamelessly ,the National Democratic Congress which left the corridors of power barely two years ago has suddenly lost confidence in the the Ghana police service to offer them enough security also initiated their hoodlums called the Hawks who have also started acting in such violent and criminal ways on their own members with disdain after a conversation had already been provoked following the shameful and needless national security action at Ayawaso west wagon .
In the last two weeks ,several solutions have been offered including integrating these groups into the mainstream security services which open the flood gates for impunity and also increase the mistrust of the Ghanaian towards our security services.
Another suggestion from the President is that ,the NPP and NDC should meet and disband these groups or rather he will do that through a legislation. Respectfully we have the best of laws which if well applied could bring these lawless acts to an end because laws in themselves do not bring about actions but it beholds on the law enforcement agencies to strictly enforce these laws without fear or favor .
Alternatively ,our president should focus his energy on ensuring that the Inspector General of Police delivers by either disbanding all these groups without further delay or take a bow out of his position.
Lastly,His Excellency the President must ensure that more attractive jobs are created for the teaming unemployed youth either directly or in partnership with the private sector to prevent these youth who are always used as tools by these political parties to carryout their dirty works in the name of vigilante groups.
UG’s Lofty Joins Accra Metro NASPA Race.
Bright Lambong-Lofty a young and energetic man who is aspiring to be the National Service Personnel Association Organizer for Accra Metro. He is a former student of the University of Ghana who will be serving his one-year civil service at the Parliament House of Ghana. Lofty is a man of integrity and possess skills that strategically positions him to operate in the organizing sector of the association.
A little background check on who Lofty is revealed he has had previous experience as an organizer for his hall back in school. In his tenure, he helped organise one of the mega hall weeks on UG campus. He is also very entrepreneurial having a brand that is manufacturing bottled liquid soap and hand washes for domestic and other purposes. He is also one of the able hands that have brought the Ghana Universities Chamber into existence.
On the 5th of August, BRIGHT LAMBONG-LOFTY in his press release officially declared his intention to contest for the office of NATIONAL SERVICE PERSONNEL ASSOCIATION (NASPA)
ORGANIZER for Accra Metro.
He “considers it a great honour to serve the interest of his fellow personnel within the district. In view of this pledging a decorous campaign, one that will reflect honesty and respect in all our dealings to all and sundry.”
Being a multifaceted individual, Lofty stands tall to run for president but surprisingly he sees himself well suited and efficient for the role of an organizer.
When asked, he said “Organizers are the unrecognised hands that steers the affairs of any organisation from the back stage. Yes the President becomes the face of the organisation but without an up to task organizer, not only will the association face unnecessary challenges but the president stands in a position of being rediculed openly. So for me, working behind the scenes to make everyone happy is well suited”
Lofty is a trusted hand that can put smiles on faces of NASPA Accra Metro. U believe with time people will see what he possess and endorse his candidacy.
Minister Says Gov’t Has Recruited 59,000 Teachers Since 2017
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.
MTN Bright Scholarship To Close By 17th July | Campusradar
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.
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