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Maa Lydia Donates a Car and Motorbikes to Augment University of Ghana’s Security Efforts

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The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency, Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan, as part of efforts to enhance security on campus, has donated two motorbikes and a saloon car to the University.

In brief remarks, Hon. Alhassan said she had to cut short her trip when she heard of the assault case involving a student of the university in order to call on management, and also to look for ways in which she could be of assistance as the MP for the area.  She indicated that the motive for the gesture was to help increase security visibility and enhance security patrols on campus so as to create a conducive and safe environment for students and members of the University community.

Handing over the keys to the Vice-Chancellor, the Member of Parliament charged the University management to ensure judicious use of the donation, adding that she was committed to assisting the university to the best of her ability.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, who received the donation on behalf of the University expressed gratitude to the MP and commended her for making security a major priority adding that the donation was timely.

Highlighting the significant role the University plays in national development, Prof. Oduro Owusu urged the MP to consider the University as one of its strategic development areas. The Vice-Chancellor used the opportunity to further solicit governmental support for the University in all areas of its operations.  He stressed the obligation of the University to prioritize the needs of students as its major stakeholders.  Prof. Oduro Owusu on behalf of management, assured the MP of the prudent use of the vehicle and motor-cycles, adding that the University is desirous to seek lasting solutions to enhance security on campus.

Some of the out-going SRC and GRASAG executives attended the ceremony.  The Presidents-elect of the Students Representative Council (SRC) and the Graduate Students Association of Ghana (GRASAG), UG branch, Messrs Isaac Agyemang, and Chris Atadika, in separate remarks, expressed appreciation to Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan for the kind gesture and solicited more support for the University.  They also pledged their commitment to collaborate with the management of the university to help realise the mission of the University.

Other advocacy efforts and donations made by the MP since she took office in February 2019, are the donation of 1000 streetlights to the University by the Ministry of Energy,  electric fans and litter bins to selected halls of residence as well as torchlights to the University Security Services.

A number of officials were present at the ceremony: Prof. Francis Dodoo, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Research, Innovation and Development, Prof. Patrick Ayeh-Kumi, Provost of the College of Health Sciences,  Prof. Michael Tagoe, Ag. Provost, of the College of Education, Mrs. Mercy Haizel-Ashia, Registrar, Director of Public Affairs, Mrs. Stella A. Amoa, Mr. Charles Kofinti, Director, PDMSD, Dr. Olivia Anku-Tsede, Legal Counsel,  Dr. Ibrahim Bedi, Ag. Internal Auditor, Prof. George Armah, a former Master of Commonwealth Hall, Prof. Robert Hinson, Head, Department of Marketing & Entrepreneurship, Mr. Daniel Baidoo, Director, Human Resources and Organisational Development, Mr. George Amofah, Head of Security, Mrs. Mavis Osafo-Adu, Assistant Registrar, Public Affairs and Mr. Joseph Nkansah, Senior Assistant Registrar, Office of the Vice Chancellor.  In attendance was Supt. Kofi Anokye, District Commander, Legon Police Station.

Hon. Lydia Seyram Alhassan was accompanied by Mr. Henry Nana Boakye, National Youth Organiser of the New Patriotic Party as well as some executives of the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency.

 

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Mfantsipim SHS turns away first year students

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Some first year students and their parents who turned up at the Mfantsipim Senior High School (SHS) in the Central Region with their trunks and chop boxes on Sunday have been left stranded after they were turned away by authorities of the school.

The school’s authorities claim the students who were placed in the school under the self-placement module of the Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) were wrongly placed; thus they should go back home.

One parent who spoke to Graphic Online said upon arrival at the school, authorities asked them to go back home because her son’s name was not on the list of students who have been placed at the school.

According to her, following her son’s placement, she picked up the prospectus last Wednesday and was asked to report to the school on Sunday.

“My ward was given Visual Arts. We came here on Wednesday after my ward was placed at Mfantsipim and they gave us a prospectus. We’ve sewn uniforms, bought all the items and now they are asking us to go back home. We won’t go,” she told Graphic Online.

“When we came on Wednesday, they took our phone numbers and so if anything at all, they should have called us or sent us messages to that effect. The number of students doing visual arts on the notice board is just 22 so parents suspect there is more to it than meets the eye. They say they are not admitting but we have been given prospectus since last week to report today only to be given this news,” she added.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) says no student was wrongly placed by the CSSPS.

According to the Deputy Director General in charge of Quality and Access, Kwabena Tandoh, students were placed according to their choice of schools.

In an interview, Mr Tandoh explained that students were placed by merit and thus it was impossible for anyone to complain that he or she was not placed in schools or programmes of their choice.

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Management of Nalerigu NMTC disassociates itself from some students display of ‘JM we are sorry’ placards

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The Attention of the Management of College of Nursing and Midwifery, Nalerigu has been drawn to an audio-visual material trending on social media in which placard bearing individuals in nursing trainee uniforms expressing views on government policy matters which is purported to represent the views of students the college.

From the audio-visual material, it is noted that those individuals in the nursing trainee uniform:
1. Knelt down in response to a voice instructing them to do so and thereafter rendered an apology to the former president for not voting for him last presidential elections.

2. Carried placards bearing inscriptions representing various views relating to the policy on students trainee allowance.

We wish to state the following:
• The unfortunate incidence did not take place on the premises of the college but rather around the overlord of Mamprugu’s place

• These students were transported there without the knowledge and approval of the management.

That the college completely dissociates itself from the views and policy sentiments expressed in the audio-video material. We also condemn in no uncertain terms, any machinations or manipulations targeted at students of the institution with the aim at making political capital.

In order to forestall the recurrence of a similar incident, the college has launched a full-scale investigation into the incident since there appear to be potential breaches of the student conduct codes/rules and regulations of the college.

In conclusion, management hereby wishes to state that the College of Nursing and Midwifery, like any public nursing training institution in the country, fully supports all policies of the government.

 

SIGNED
MANAGEMENT

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SRC of Nalerigu Nursing and Midwifery College condemns the unfortunate conduct of students over “JM we are sorry” demo

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The Students Representative Council (SRC) of College of Nursing and Midwifery, Nalerigu have watched with utter shock a video that has gone viral on social media in which a handful of students from our school are seen wielding placards with unfortunate inscriptions, wailing on the floor and apologizing to Ex-President Mahama ostensibly for voting against him in the 2016 general elections.

The SRC had no prior knowledge of the unfortunate conduct of the students and therefore, condemn it and also disassociate ourselves from same.

It is instructive to note that there are over two thousand (2,000) students in the College and on that account, the actions of about 20 students who do not have the mandate of the students can never be deemed as a reflection of the general sentiments of the entire student population.

We wish to state that the entire student population, in unison, is satisfied with the *restoration of trainee nurses allowance* by virtue of the fact that it has brought much relief to students and eased the financial burden on parents as well.

Just last month, the government paid all arrears due to trainee nurses and we would want to use this opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to the government.

Finally, we wish to admonish trainee nurses across the country to support the government, especially on the restoration of trainee nurses allowance and desist from any acts of ungratefulness and dishonesty.

Thank you

Achima Paul Baba
SRC President, NMTC Nelerigu

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