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Akufo-Addo assents bill to merge GIJ, NAFTI and GIL

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Akufo-Addo assents bill to merge GIJ, NAFTI and GIL

Akufo-Addo assents bill to merge GIJ, NAFTI, and GIL

A new Bill which seeks to merge the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), the Ghana Institute of Languages (GIL), and the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI) into a single university has received Presidential Assent.

The government commenced processes to merge the institutions into a fully-fledged university of communication studies in 2019, leading to the formulation of the University of Media Arts and Communication (UMAC) Bill to give legal backing to the merger.

It explained that the move would help create synergies and improve communication studies in the country.

The Rector of the GIJ, Professor Kwamena Kwansah-Aidoo, announced this at the fourth session of the 14th Congregation of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the institute’s new campus at North Dzorwulu, Accra, yesterday.

Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said the GIJ was excited about the development because it would provide opportunities to build on synergies and also safeguard the history and identity of each institution.

“As the firstborn of the institutions in this merger, and also the only institution in this triumvirate with a Presidential Charter to award degrees, we would like to assure the President that we are ready to provide the necessary leadership for the realization of our objectives,” he added.

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A total of 197 students graduated from the university. They consisted of seven Master of Arts Degree in Journalism and 86 Master of Arts in Public Relations students.

Thirteen others graduated with a Master of Arts Degree in Media Management and 91 in Master of Arts Degree in Development Communication.

The Photo Editor of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GGCL), Mr. Douglas Anane-Frimpong, and a member of staff at the Adverts Unit of the GCGL, Mr. Azure Imoro Abdulai, were among the graduands.

Mr. Seshie Edem was adjudged the Overall Best Student in all disciplines.

Financial clearance

Prof. Kwansah-Aidoo said the GIJ had received financial clearance to recruit more staff in all departments to augment its staff strength.

“As a relatively young and fast-growing tertiary institution, we are still putting in place necessary structures and processes that require more staff and infrastructure,” he added.

The Head of Marketing and Communications at Stanbic Bank, Mr. Mawuko Afadzinu, who was the guest speaker, advised the graduands to continuously upgrade their skills to match up with the changing demands of the industry.

He also encouraged them to find creative solutions to everyday problems to give practical meaning to the training they had received for national development.

“The speed of change in the workplace over the past four years has been like none ever. Remind yourselves that the course of education never ends. Keep immersing yourselves in new knowledge and don’t be trapped in the orthodoxy of the past,” Mr. Afadzinu added.

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African Business Leaders Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Dubai, UAE

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African Business Leaders Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Dubai, UAE

8th June 2021, Dubai, UAEMG Business Solutions in association with Swiss School of Business & Management presented Honorary Doctorate Degrees 2021 to African business leaders whose exemplified leadership qualities, vision, and service attributed to their outstanding public service amidst global crises.

Themed “The Values of Selfless”, the ceremony was held at W-Hotel, The Palm, Dubai and was presided over by Mario Silic, Dean of Swiss School of Business & Management, Switzerland via Zoom.  Modeling excellence and commitment to driving the African agenda, thirteen recipients across various industries were acknowledged for their outstanding governance and commitment to serving others. The awards are expected to become an annual event and will operate as a source of inspiration to African leaders across the spectrum.

Roberta Ayalingo receiving her Honorary Doctorate Degree

Roberta Ayalingo receiving her Honorary Doctorate Degree

The Honorary Doctorate Degrees are presented to individuals for their exceptional contributions to society or as recognition of lifetime achievement within their specialized field. While the recipients do not have to meet academic qualifications, the awards are conferred to personalities whose community integration is an integral part embedded into their professional ethos.

To officiate the event, Mario Silic, praised the African leaders for their perseverance and their determination to present an unbiased African narrative. In his opening address he emphasized on the importance of social agenda within business transformation.

“The pandemic brought about formidable challenge; intellectual energies were confronted with the reality of unpredictability of our times and the impact on business and communities. This Honorary Doctorate Award is the light at the end of the tunnel; it represents a turning point by acknowledging exemplary leadership at the forefront of human capital development. As global economy moves towards recovery, our theme “The Value of Selfless” appropriately takes into account societal impact delivered by organisations and its executives” said Mr. Dr. Michael Adegoke, CEO, MG Business Solutions.

MGBS continues to produce programmes to match demands of the evolving business landscape in Africa. Collaborations with government and private sectors ensure MGBS maintains strategic associations to facilitate cross pollination amongst corporations and industries. With its diverse portfolio, MGBS strives to streamline its business to deliver sustainable solutions, corporate value and human capital essential.

The Awardees

  • Mr. Godwin Kofi Akuamoah, Managing Director & CEO – Right Consult & General Suppliers Ltd
  • Roberta Ayalingo, Managing Director & Founder – Wibexly Gh Ltd
  • Mukesh V. Thankwani – B5 Plus Steel Industry
  • Daniel Asamoah Adu, CEO – Glory Inventing & Research Mission
  • Dr. George Gyamfi-Osew – Director, Operations, National Lottery Authority
  • Felix Mawuli Kamassah – CEO, Maphlix Trust Ghana Ltd
  • Godspower Oshodin – Founder, Solution Media Global Ltd
  • Dr. Francis Kaboo – Professor
  • Benson Opoku – Founder, Akro-Farms Limited
  • Eng. Michael Krakue – Executive Chairman, ADK Consortium
  • Benjamin Kingsley Sarpong – Managing Director, Chase Petroleum Ghana Ltd
  • Dr. Andrew Kwabena Asamoah – Founder & CEO, A&C Development Co. Ltd.
  • Hugh Keku Aryee – COO, Hanergy Global Group

 


SOURCE: graceandgarbo.com 

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VALCO Trust Fund launches project to remove schools under trees

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VALCO Trust Fund launches project to remove schools under trees

VALCO Trust Fund launches project to remove schools under trees

The VALCO Trust Fund has launched an ambitious project to remove schools living under trees in the country.
The Fund, with a projected budget of Ghc3.5 billion, seeks to construct, within a period of five years, some 5,403 schools which currently operate under trees and which are in dilapidated or makeshift structures.

Executive Director of VALCO Trust Fund Kelvin Yeboah, in a press conference in Accra, announced that the Fund will, by June 4, this year, cut the sod for the start of the project at Karaga in Northern Region, and which will witness the initial construction of some eighteen schools.

According to Mr. Kelvin Yeboah, the initial eighteen structures, which are scheduled to be completed in three years, have been selected from all the regions and it is estimated to cost a whopping Ghc6 million.

Mr. Yeboah has also disclosed that the structures will include classroom blocks for KGs, primary and junior high schools with ancillary facilities like head-teacher’s offices, staff common rooms, toilet facilities, libraries, ICT laboratories, and boreholes and pieces of furniture to be supplied.

He revealed that the Ministry of Energy has pledged to extend electricity to the schools in order to boost the delivery of education services.

Director-General of Ghana Education Service Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa has expressed his gratitude to the Fund for the gesture and pledged the Service’s support to the project.

Meanwhile, a website, www.schoolsundertrees.com, has been launched for easy access to the schools via digital addresses, when the project is completed.

Source: GES

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17-year old final year SHS student shockingly commits suicide at Sunyani

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17-year old final year SHS student shockingly commits suicide at Sunyani

SHS student shockingly commits suicide: The shocking news making trend in the Bono region’s capital Sunyani is the death of a beautiful 17-year-old final year student of Miracle Senior High School.

The young lady by the name, Leticia Kyere Pinaman has allegedly committed suicide as confirmed by the Police in the city. The headmistress of the school Madam Gifty Acheampong also confirmed the sudden death of Leticia to the media.

Leticia Kyere Pinaman SHS student shockingly commits suicide at Sunyani

Leticia Kyere Pinaman

According to the initial statement of the Police, the incident happened around 7:30pm on Monday (17 May) while the rest of the students were at the church auditorium for Bible studies.

However, the police are yet to establish the cause of her death and we will bring you all the details in this regard.

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