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NCCE to fuse values teaching into its programmes – Chairperson



Ms Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has said the Commission would be streamlining its programmes to fuse in Ghanaian values teaching to ensure that children and the youth have a sense of belonging to the country.

Ms Nkrumah said their programmes, which included constitutional week, citizenship week, democracy lecture, social auditing programmes, civic education clubs and dialogue series, will be anchored in values saying handling indiscipline, corruption and many others all depended on the values inculcated into the younger ones.

She said this during an NCCE/National Security project on national cohesion and inclusive participation governance for members of the Ashaiman Municipal Inter Party Dialogue Committee (IPDC).

The day’s workshop was on the theme: “Empowering Ghanaians to stand for national cohesion and inclusive participation.”

Answering a question on the increasing indiscipline among students some of whom vandalize school properties and threatens people in leadership, she said “what is happening among the youth is frightening, they have lost their sense of direction in everything.”

She added that they have become like an untrained army that was waiting to be unleashed on Ghanaians and therefore called on parents, care givers, teachers, and other stakeholders to instil right Ghanaian values into the children and youth.

She said failure on the part of stakeholders to guide the youth now would mean, they would grow thinking that they could use violence and dubious ways to get whatever they decided to have without considering the consequences.

Ms Nkrumah said gone were the days when a child belonged to the community making it easy for neighbours to guard a child who might be going wayward, regretting that currently parenting had become difficult as every adult was working leaving the children to be on their own and therefore had the liberty to explore bad things.

“We need to make time for our youth, responsible adults are carefully nurtured from childhood. They don’t happen by chance. Don’t think paying school fees and providing three-square meals is enough.”

She stressed that losing the country’s values among the youth meant losing the future and therefore reiterated that parents, stakeholders and Ghana as a whole must be intentional in catering for children both their biological ones and others they got into contact with.

“We must go back to the basic to re-engineer our senses, let’s recognize that our security is tied to the values the children have,” she added.

Mrs Lucille Hewletts Annan, Greater Accra Regional NCCE Director, speaking on the need to promote peace and dialogue, advised the general public to make use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to settle issues.

Mrs Annan said it was good to use the court to settle issues, but it was much better to use ADR to solve non-criminal cases as that could help maintain and preserve relationships.

She said Ghanaians must encourage each other to dialogue and use ADR services, saying when people do not have money and patient to go through the court process, they resort to violence.

Superintendent Osman Alhassan, Ashaiman District Police Commander, talking on the Public Order Act and Community Surveillance, said public event organizers such as demonstrations must inform police on their intentions in accordance with the law.

Supt. Alhassan explained that by informing the police, the organizers would then be met to consider the routes, and any possible security threat to the public as well as the demonstrators.

He said it was an offence not to inform the police, adding that refusal to notify the police and participating in an event that police had not been notify on was punishable by a fine of 25 penalty units, or up to one imprisonment when found guilty by the court.

Touching on personal safety, he advised the public against displaying their valuables in the car as that often-attracted criminals to break in, adding that non fortified doors must also be reinforced by bracing its back as research showed that most armed robbers often attacked housed through the kitchen door which was often not strong.

Ms Gifty Agyeiwaa Badu, Ashaiman NCCE Municipal Director, said the Inter Party Dialogue Committee was formed by the Commission as a result of the tension that arose in the 2008 general elections, and therefore it deemed it necessary to form a committee similar to that of the IPAC to resolve issues that might trigger the peace of the country.

Ms Badu added that the IPDC’s engagements were also used to calm tensions during the 2012 general elections saying it was also aimed at deepening existing collaborations between the NCCE, EC, Political Parties, Youth, Security Agencies, District Assemblies, Traditional Leaders, Media and Disable community among others.

Source: GNA


National: 2023 Budget: TUC to reject government’s salary projection of ₵44.9m





After several attempts to reach an agreement with government over an increment in their base pay, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) is expected to meet government on Wednesday to finalise a deal.

But before that meeting gets underway, the Trades Union Congress is warning that it will not accept government’s projections in the 2023 Budget.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, reading the 2023 Budget in Parliament projected compensation of employees at GH¢44,990 million (5.6% of GDP).

Earlier, government also proposed a 12% salary increment during the last negotiation with Organised Labour but it was turned down.


Speaking on JoyNews’ PM Express on Tuesday, Deputy General Secretary of TUC, Joshua Ansah stated that they would not agree to the projected figure.

According to Mr Ansah, government must expect a fight if they turn up at the meeting with the same proposal.

JoyNews/AdomNews · TUC to reject government’s salary projection in 2023 Budget
“There is no way Organised Labour is also going to accept what has been put in the budget. Well, if the government has made up its mind that it is the way it thinks that he can actually force down the throat of workers, then we are in for a big fight, because there is no way government can pay anything below what we are expecting,” he said.

He noted that Organised Labour will not compromise on their demand for 60% increment in their base pay.

Meanwhile, the President of the Ghana Medical Association, Dr. Justice Yankson says government has created a problem by not reaching an agreement with the labour unions earlier.

JoyNews/AdomNews · Dr Yankson on organised labour and government’s negotiations
He believes the current mess could have been prevented.

“These are some of the problems that sometimes we create for ourselves. We had a whole period in which we could have sorted these things, we waited to the last end. Now we can see that we are on a collition course, it is clear,” he said.

Source: Myjoyonline


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Politics: Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory




A Wenchi High Court has thrown out a petition against New Patriotic Party (NPP) legislator in the Techiman South 2020 election.

The petitioner was seeking the nullification of the poll which saw the NPP candidate, Martin Agyei Mensah Korsah, emerge victorious.

But at the hearing Wednesday, the court explained that the NDC 2020 Parliamentary candidate, Christopher Bayere, who was pursuing the matter, failed to prove the burden of petitioning.

The court was attended by some leaders of the NDC including General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
He was sighted leaving the court premises a few minutes before the judgement.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate had contested the EC’s verdict which gave the NPP’s candidate victory with 49,682 votes representing 50.2 percent of the total valid votes cast, whilst the NDC’s candidate had 49,205 votes representing 49.8 percent of the total valid votes cast.

The NDC Parliamentary candidate insisted that the figures were not a true reflection of the election.

According to him, per the pink sheets of the NDC agents at each of the 267 polling stations, he garnered 50,306 votes in the Parliamentary election whilst the 1st Respondent polled 50,013 votes.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
Electoral Commission fined in 2021

In August 2021, the Electoral Commission of Ghana was fined GH¢4,000 by the court after the Court refused to grant the EC’s request for a stay of proceedings in the dispute on July 30, 2021.

Wenchi High Court throws out petition against NPP MP’s 2020 election victory
The EC’s application for a stay of proceedings was to enable it to file a motion to challenge the ruling of the Court at its previous sitting, when it granted the petitioner a motion to amend the title of the writ.

TCounsel for the EC, Emmanuel Addae said the stay of proceedings was to enable him to file supplementary statements in support of the application filed by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) candidate, Mr Christopher Beyere Baasongti.

However, reacting to the EC’s stay of proceedings, the Counsel for the petitioner, Justin Teriwajah argued that the motion was frivolous and unnecessarily geared towards delaying the adjudication of the case.

Source: Myjoyonline


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Football: Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style




It was the much-needed win for Ghanaians who were largely sitting on tenterhooks for the final quarter of the game.

And from the reactions, after the South Koreans netted a quickfire double between the 58th and 61st minutes, something had to definitely happen.

Kudus rose to the occasion, found himself at the end of a Gideon Mensah cross and curled the ball past the goalkeeper to restore Ghana’s lead and eventually sealed the game for Black Stars.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
The 68th-minute winner triggered a thunderous celebration across the country and on social media.

Despite late attempts from the Koreans, the game ended 3-2 with Ghana earning a vital win in Group H.

Asamoah Gyan’s run, Bagbin’s dance and Black Stars fans’ clean-up as fans celebrate S. Korea win in style
Alban Bagbin

The jubilation started right from Ghana’s legislative arm where the Speaker, Alban Bagbin was caught on camera dancing to one of the goals on the day from his office.

The ecstatic Speaker punched the air while clad in his Black Star jersey in the company of other officials of the House.

Asamoah Gyan runs

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan was on punditry duty at SuperSports TV.

However, the ethics of being on a live set could not suppress his excitement when the deciding goal was scored.

Filled with elation, the former skipper run out of the set in jubilation shouting atop his voice.

His iconic goal celebration was his response when asked about his reaction to some moments of the game.

Fans in clean-up mode

Now, supporters of Japan’s national team have been earning praise in Qatar for their zeal toward cleanliness after each game.

This win seems to have presented Ghanaian fans with the opportunity to emulate this off-pitch tradition.

While many celebrated the win at full-time, other fans were seen moving boxes around to collect the waste left by their colleagues.

South Korea’s Son not in selfie mood

Another interesting sight came from an official from the Ghana dressing room posing for a selfie.

The subject Son Heung-min was almost in tears after his team lost at full-time.

Otto Addo’s side will now face Uruguay in their last game looking to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition.

Source: Myjoyonline


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