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Kwabena Agyapong slams politicians who took GETFund scholarships meant for the needy students

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Former General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has slammed politicians who benefitted from GETFund scholarships meant for the brilliant but needy students.

“When something is wrong, it is wrong,” Kwabena Agyapong told Evans Mensah on JoyNews’ PM Express programme on Tuesday.

He indicated such acts are not aiding to build a positive image of politicians in the eyes of the electorate.

His comments follow a performance audit report submitted to Parliament by the Auditor-General which revealed MPs, government appointees, children of ministers among others benefitted hugely from a scheme otherwise meant for the needy.

The likes of Procurement Minister, Sarah Adwoa Safo, who is also the MP for Dome-Kwabenya is listed the report to have enjoyed some $12,800 in allowances with $17,004 in tuition fees for a conference she attended at the Harvard Kennedy School.

MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has since called MPs and government appointees who took the monies to be made to refund them.

Political discourse

Mr Agyapong, who is now the Executive Director of the Ghana Institution of Engineering also slammed the violent political discourse by politicians in Ghana.

According to him, attacks by politicians on one another can only go a long way to hurt every politician.

He said vile language that politicians use on each other on morning shows, for instance, are not necessary, adding you can have good discourse and disagree without being violently disrespectful.

Speaking on his return to politics, Mr Agyapong who was suspended as General Secretary of the then opposition NPP for “working against the party’s chances” of winning the 2016 elections indicated his return is certain.

“I am too young to leave politics,” he said, adding he is still a member of the NPP who pays his dues. He said he was only suspended from his then position “a mandate that has expired,” and not suspended from the party.

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Huge Strawberry farm spotted at Jos in Nigeria

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Huge Strawberry farm spotted at Jos in Nigeria

Huge Strawberry farm spotted at Jos in Nigeria

One may wonder if strawberries can grow well in high-temperature regions like the Sub-Saharan regions. Though Strawberry per its agronomic classification can grow under both temperate and tropical conditions, it is also known that it thrives better under optimal temperate conditions.

A picture making rounds on Twitter shared by @NigeriaStories shows vast farmland of strawberries in Nigeria’s Jos.

Harvested Strawberry in Jos Nigeria | CREDIT: Twitter @NigeriaStories

This is good news for the West Africans. If governments are able to invest in greenhouse and biotechnologies, we will be able to grow virtually every type of temperate crop here so that the huge importation of foreign fruits and vegetables will be reduced or even stopped.

Strawberry Farm in Jos, Nigeria

Strawberry Farm in Jos, Nigeria | CREDIT: Twitter @NigeriaStories

Ghana has been investing in the development of Greenhouses for the production of certain tropical crops such as tomatoes, pepper, onion, and herbal spices.

In August 2020, the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo inaugurated 75 greenhouses as part of the government’s Planting for Food and Jobs Initiative in Ningo Prampram District in the Greater Accra Region, and Akumadan in the Ashanti Region. In his statement, the greenhouse farm is the biggest in West Africa and would produce 45,000 tonnes of vegetables, valued at GH¢11 million, annually.

Currently, produce from these facilities are being sold to Shoprite, the Farmers Market, Eden Tree, and many other grocery shops in the country.

The government of Ghana should look further into the growing of temperate fruits and vegetables such as Kiwi Fruit, Strawberry, Apricot, Broccoli, Apple, Asparagus, and many others which drain the country millions of US Dollars in importation.

 


Source: Accramail.com

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How to hide your MTN number when making a call

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How to hide your MTN number when making a call

How to hide your MTN number when making a call

Have you been wondering if it’s possible to hide your phone number in order to make anonymous calls? Yes, it’s possible on MTN network.

Subscribers of MTN can easily hide their caller IDs at a fee. Before you proceed, note that spam control apps such as Truecaller have a function to block all calls from hidden numbers. If this function is activated on the recipient’s phone, it becomes impossible for you to reach that person with your phone number hidden.

Some mobile phones also have similar functions that allow calls from hidden numbers or anonymous to be rejected. Take note of all these before switching this module on your SIM card.

Now let’s dive into how to hide your phone number or caller ID if you are using an MTN number.

STEPS TO HIDE YOUR PHONE NUMBER WHEN MAKING CALLS

Follow these steps to activate this function

  1. Dial 1333 on your phone and listen to the voice prompt
  2. Set a new PIN code (4-digit)
  3. Confirm the set PIN code
  4. Open your messaging app
  5. Compose a new SMS by typing: clir[leave a space]activate[leave a space]PIN
  6. Sent the message to 1333
  7. The Caller Hide Feature on your SIM will then be activated.

After the Caller hide feature has been activated on your SIM, you have to dial *67 first and add the phone number you want to call. For example, if I want to call 02434540001, I have to dial *6702434540001.

Without adding the *67, your number will not hide on the recipient’s phone.

Cost of using this service

This is MTN CLIR/SO service and a monthly fee of GHC2 is deducted from your account once this is activated on your SIM.

Once again note that if the person you are calling has activated a rejection of CALLS FROM HIDDEN NUMBERS, your call to him or her will be rejected.

 


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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.

Event

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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