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University of Ghana inducts first female Vice-Chancellor

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Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, has been inducted into office at a historic and colourful ceremony in Accra.

Prof. Amfo, was until her present appointment, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor in Charge of Academic and Students Affairs, and now the 13th Executive Head and first female Vice-Chancellor of the University, succeeding Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, whose tenure of office ended on July 31, 2021.

Her appointment was made by the University’s Governing Council led by the former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo (Rtd), who is the current Chairperson.

Prof. Amfo is a product of the Holy Child and Archbishop Porter Girl’s Schools respectively, and later, the University of Ghana where she did her Bachelor’s Degree in French and Linguistics, before proceeding to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway for both her MPhil and PhD degrees.

She received additional training in higher education management and leadership from the Harvard Business School, University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and INSEAD, France
Prof. Amfo’s career in academia started in 2001 as a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics.

She was promoted to a Senior Lecturer in 2007, Associate Professor in 2011, and Professor in 2017.
Mrs Mary Chinery-Hesse, the Chancellor, was assisted by Justice Akuffo to outdoor the new Vice-Chancellor, after which she was led to take the Oaths of Office and Secrecy.

They both congratulated and welcomed her as part of the University of Ghana’s senior management team, and wished her well.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who was the special guest, also congratulated Prof. Amfo for distinguishing herself to attain the position of the first female Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, and pledged his continued support to the University and the leadership.

Prof. Amfo in her inaugural address, expressed gratitude to God for her success, and also thanked President Akufo-Addo and the Governing Council of the University for finding her worthy to carry the mantle, and pledged to work hard towards achieving the vision, mission and values of the University.

She appreciated her family and all who made diverse contributions towards her career success and commended her female predecessors for setting a solid footing for her to build on, saying the foundation would be enhanced for the benefit of the next generation of women academics and professionals.

Prof. Amfo said her focus would be on the promotion of creativity and innovation through teaching and learning, and to ensure technology-driven academic work all anchored on humanism, while actively pursuing the vision of becoming a world-Class research-intensive University over the next decade.

She said her plans would be based on six key strategic objectives – reinvigorating impactful research in the sciences, applied sciences, and humanities, resulting in increased research income, exponential growth of research output such as publications, improved citations and vibrant community engagements.

The Vice-Chancellor said the University would develop technology-driven and robust processes in research management, strengthen traditional revenue streams and expand alternative income sources to meet the debt obligations of the University and its current institutional needs.

She said the University of Ghana would ensure the robustness of mechanisms for the prudent management of resources, guarantee value for money and ensure sound decision making in all transactions for success.

Management would further work to create a sense of ownership and commitment among students, faculties, staff and alumni to promote creativity and innovation, she said.

Prof. Amfo also promised to pursue a team building spirit by harnessing the individual talents for the collective good of the institution and collaborate with others outside the University to achieve unity of purpose.

She appealed for a tax waiver support from Government to enable all students acquire laptops and handheld devices for their studies, a need which was critical in a period “where we are upscaling technology to make us functional in the fourth industrial revolution, and as we live through and beyond a health pandemic”.

Prof. Amfo said two more city campuses of the University were being established in Kumasi and Takoradi to absorb the huge number of Free SHS graduates.

She appealed to Government to help clear the University’s huge financial liabilities resulting from judgment debts and botched agreements to allow the University start from a clean sheet as it strengthened alternative sources of revenue for growth.

Source: GNA

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

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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.

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“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

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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

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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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