The Nexus Between COVID-19 and Ghanaian Scholarship Students Abroad: Government Response Introduction.

The Corona virus has left most international students in limbo most of which have left to their home
countries while others remain due to restrictions and lockdown guidelines. Ghana Government has
tackled the pandemic with series of financial strategies to provide relieves for the good people of Ghana.
However, it is argued as to whether the Government has the capacity to meet the monthly wage bill of
public sector workers let alone stipends and tuition fees of students abroad. It raises doubts and creates
panic among the populace.
That notwithstanding, the government has exhibited a great sense of leadership and excellent economic
management backed by the famous words of President Akufo-Addo, that, “We Know how to bring the
economy back to life, what we do not know, is how to bring people back to life”. Till date, there has not
been a default in the payment of salaries and one cannot foresee any indication to the contrary.

What happens to the students?
The worry now is on Ghanaian students in the diaspora. Families back home (in Ghana) are much
concerned about how the students abroad are coping – now that most of the jobs available to them
(students) have been temporarily closed. They are asking whether or not the tuition fees, stipends, and
other bills of these students have been paid. Students’ welfare was at the heart of the people of Ghana
and there is no doubt that, Ghanaians would attack the government from all over the world if the report
happens to be negative.
These concerns are legitimate because Ghana has the track record of students being stranded in foreign
countries as a result of Government’s inability to pay their tuitions fees and stipends on time. However,
since 2017, such agitations have died out even though the number of students studying abroad has
increased.
In the advent of this covid-19, the problem of non-payment of students’ stipends is expected to rise
again. However, the government has ensured that Ghanaian students studying abroad remain on the
priority list by ensuring that all their welfare needs are met.

The scholarship secretariat has shown utmost proactiveness. As at March, 2020, the Registrar, Mr
Kingsley Agyemang, who has been tagged as the best registrar ever in the history of the secretariat as
well as one of the top performing CEOs in Ghana, declared that, students’ stipends for the second
quarter of the year had been paid. This was paid even before the deadly virus hit Ghana. Again, as at
April, 2020, when the pandemic had entangled government finances, the tuition fees for the 2019/2020
academic year had also been paid. It is evident that, students in the diaspora are well catered for and
their families back home will have their peace of mind.

Background
Across the world, there is a clear indication that this novel disease has eroded the economic successes
gained over the years. It is estimated that major economies are likely to lose up to a minimum of 2.4%
of the value of their Gross Domestic Product. This estimate is basically due to the temporary closure of
most companies and the risk of global workforce losing their jobs and livelihoods. According to
International Labour Organisation (ILO), “over 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy (nearly
half of the global workforce) stand in immediate danger of having their livelihood destroyed”.
This has necessitated all countries to device major interventions to save their individual economies and
the world at large. With over 2.8 million active cases (out of over 5.6 million infected cases) as at 26th May, 2020, all governments across the world have had to introduce unplanned decisions and trials to sort of cushion the lives of their citizens.
Ghana recorded its first COVID-19 case on 12th March, 2020 and at the time of writing this article, the country had recorded 6,964 cases out of which 32 people (representing 4.6%) had lost their lives and 2,097 (representing 30.1%) had recovered with about 4,841 (65.3%) active cases. Just like the world largest economies, this has exposed the deficiencies in the health sector of the Republic of Ghana in terms of facilities and logistics. Many businesses have had to suspend their activities, individuals are made to stay home as a requirement for observing social distancing and the likes so as to control the spread of the virus. The ripple effect of these measures on both businesses and individuals are immense.

Stimulus Packages
Government of Ghana has rolled out a series of stimulus packages to combat the obvious health and economic risks posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of these packages included absorbing electricity and water bills of all people and rolling out Soft Loan Schemes for SMEs. Additionally, they have procured locally manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers, instituted insurance packages for health personnel and allied professional with additional allowance of 50% on the basic salaries for frontline health workers among others. Moreover, a notable amount of investment has also been earmarked for infrastructural development in the health sector.

Conclusion and recommendations
It is evident that students in the diaspora and for that matter those under government scholarships have not been neglected as could have been the case in the past. The government has shown leadership and commitment to students even in the mist of this Covid-19 pandemic due to the long-term benefit that the country would realise from these investments.
However, there are other groups of students who are self-funding their cost of living and tuition fees. These students may have encountered some financial difficulties especially as most jobs available to them have been closed.

These students may need support from the government and other corporate bodies to meet their accommodation and essential commodity needs. It is heartwarming to know that, the New Patriotic Party branch in UK (NPP-UK) has initiated a Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund to offer financial relief packages to subsidise expenses such as accommodation cost, offer health support and shopping vouchers to Ghanaians who are financially affected by the pandemic. Some of the students in United Kingdom have taken advantage to benefit from this fund.
I will admonish other political parties, religious bodies, Ghanaian Associations and corporate bodies across the world to initiate some relief funds to respite students from their financial struggles.
Students are also expected to follow all the guidelines set by WHO and their respective countries of study to ensure that they stay safe and alive for their families and mother Ghana.
Written by:
Bernard Baah Amoako

SOULJA KELLY RELEASED CLASSIC VISUALS FOR CORONA FT UKRAINIAN BIG COMEDIAN GARIK

 The RONDO hit maker Soulja Kelly has brighten our screen again with a classic victuals. The song, titled ”CORONA” features Ukrainian big comedian Garik and Produce by Xtrez

The motive behind the song was based on the corona pandemic which he talks about some preventive measures.

The rapper is not only known for music but also have good taste for fashion.

Follow the link below to watch CORONA by soulja Kelly

THE PAN AFRICAN SUMMIT RUSSIA 2020

PAN AFRICAN SUMMIT (RUSSIA 2020)

“Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism. Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa’s impoverishment” — Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah

NUGS Russia extends its invitation to all and sundry to this year’s Pan African Summit in the Russian Federation.

The theme for the Summit is COVID-19 and African Sovereignty and our speaker is non other than the distinguished Mr. Solomon Tampuri (Barrister, Author and Pan African Legal Chair of the Pan African Federalist Movement).

Let us unite as young leaders of the African Continent and reason together the growth and total liberation of her land and her people.

As Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah said “We must unite now or perish”. NOW is the time to take back our lives and the future of the generation yet unborn into our hands.

JOIN US ON SATURDAY, 30th MAY 14:00 MSK VIA ZOOM 462 481 5062 (no password needed)

V.N Karazin National University Inhumane Actions Towards Foreign Students.

So heart breaking as fear grips foreign students as their brains become foggy and suicidal thoughts seems to offer them a solution to the misfortune brought upon them by universities actions just a day to “state exam” for all final year students in medical schools in Ukraine.

On the eve of  May 25, 2020 the V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University in Ukraine’s second biggest city, Kharkov released an unforeseen expulsion list of international students with financial debt meanwhile the vice dean of international students had earlier on assured them that no international student would be expelled due to the current novel global outbreak but surprisingly the vice dean’s words was a hoax as just 10 hours prior to the “state exam” for all final years at the V.N> Karazin Medical School, a list of 19 final year medical students was released boldly written beneath it “EXPELLED STUDENTS” of which every single person on the list is an international students.

This traumatizing situation was shocking that it enkindled epileptic attacks on some students as this devastating news reached them. This actions of cruelty and inhumane treatment from the school authorities towards these 19 international students at this devastating time that the world is on a difficult quest with countries been on total lockdowns, business closed, borders closed and workers losing their jobs are so tragic!

However the school authorities were not bothered even though the student body made a request to revoke their actions and allow these students some time to redeem their debts.

So the question is; is the authorities of the V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University interested in jeopardizing a person’s whole 6 years of toil and hardworking on a foreign land’s future, someone a family will depend on or the university is running a shopping mall ” NO MONEY NO GOODS”???

TO THE STUDENTS OF AFRICA AND GHANA, NATIONAL UNION OF GHANA STUDENTS WRITES

Africa is the world’s youngest continent with over 400 million young people between the ages of 15 to 35 years. In order to achieve the Human Development Index in Africa, it is a necessity for the increase in investment in Africa’s socio-economic growth.

This year, the world marks Africa Union Day under extremely difficult circumstances as we grapple with the global COVID-19 pandemic, which threatens to derail the progress in African economies, education, health and other sectors.

The National Union of Ghana Students ( NUGS) wishes to extend it’s warmest regards to all members and the general public and would want to reiterate the fact that as students, it is incumbent on us to help fight against this deadly pandemic in every possible way.

Let’s also not forget about our roles in ensuring that we continue the good works started by some of our greatest fathers in bringing the African Continent together.

As students, we need to use the natural resources our continent is blessed with and the knowledge we’ve gained to help make Africa a better continent for us all.

A man can not sit down alone to plan for prosperity.
May this day renew our spirits as young Africans desirous for a better continent for ourselves and posterity.

Ayekoo!

ALUTA✊

Signed : National Executive Officers, NUGS

REXFORD WEST WINS MEDIA PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR AT NUGS-KHARKIV AWARDS NIGHT

The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.

Also read: https://rexfordwest.com/2020/05/24/full-winners-of-nugs-kharkov-handing-over-and-awards-ceremony-2020/

Rexford has won Media Personality of the year at the NUGS-KHARKIV “Ghana at 63 Independence celebration, handing over & Awards night” . The virtual event took place via zoom due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 and the continuous additions of quarantine and social distancing measures. Rexford was nominated in the category of; Most influential youth, Media personality of the year, Most promising youth and Face of NUGS

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COVID-19 Hope For Africa Concert: Sarkodie, Stonebwoy,Efya Etal Billed

MultiChoice in Partnership with One Africa Global Foundation has Organised a virtual concert that happens to be a support in combating COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. This Continent virtual concert was slated to commence on 31st May from 6 pm on Africa Magic Family (DSTV Channel 154 and on GoTv Channel 102)The 3-hour televised special will feature performances by top African music artistes additionally as appearances by media icons and other prominent personalities on the continent. The star-studded line-up includes 2Baba, Sarkodie, Banky W, Betty G, Efya Nocturnal, Cobhams Keche, Adina, Denola Grey, Diamond Platnumz, MzVee, Jahprazah, Jeff Maximum, Kyee Benda, Osas Ighodaro, Princess Jnap Sessay, Praiz, and Waje, all of whom will give goodwill messages of hope and encouragement to each African, from the comfort and safety of their homes. Speaking on the partnership, Director, MultiChoice Ghana, Cecil Sunkwa Mills said: “As Africa’s biggest storyteller, we are committed to giving back to the communities where we operate. We are addicted to the event of the African continent as we still use the ability of entertainment to relinquish hope, enrich lives, and convey people together especially during these uniquely difficult times. This is why we are partnering with the One Africa Global Foundation to broadcast the COVID-19 Hope For Africa Concert in additional than 49 countries across a geographical area.” The funding raised from the concert is going to be dedicated to making sure the security and wellbeing of health care professionals across the continent who are on the front lines within the fight against the virus. These funds are going to be used as special interventions for accessible, functional medical equipment, COVID testing stations and private Protective Equipment (PPE) to reduce exposure to the virus. Chief military officer, One Africa Global Foundation, Paul Okoye said: “As the planet unites to fight this pandemic, Africa has to play its part. we’ve done well to this point but we will definitely do more together. This is why the One Africa Global Foundation ‘Hope for Africa’ COVID-19 Virtual benefit was put together for us to dig deep in our hearts and lend a hand to the Continent that has given most to the planet. You and that I and also the remainder of Africa can only play our roles diligently and hope. We are stronger together and flattening the curve won’t yield results if as individuals we don’t play our part. We at One Africa Global Foundation stand united with all citizens of our great land, to protect, preserve and empower Africa during this crisis”

FULL WINNERS OF NUGS-KHARKOV HANDING OVER AND AWARDS CEREMONY 2020.

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 and the continuous additions of quarantine and social distancing measures, the 63rd Independence Celebration Dinner, Awards Night and Handing Over Ceremony which supposed to happened on 28 March was postponed 24, May,2020.

This is to adhere to the quarantine measures and follow the social distancing rules to ensure the safety and protection of every individual and prevent and limit the spread of the virus. The 63 Ghana independence celebration, Handing Over Ceremony & Awards Night took place via zoom.

NUGS Kharkiv handed over with an award scheme in other to show appreciation and empower individuals who have the potential in whatever their doing and helping to promote the association in their own way.

Awards winners below


Best Rapper of the year

AD KWABENA (GHANA)

MIQDAD JASON (GHANA) WINNER

WIZDOMINATION (SOUTH AFRICA)


Most Fashionable (Female)

AWURABENA MANDY MENSAH (GHANA)

ZELEKA HOKO

ANIKE (NIGERIA) WINNER

THEYCALLMEEDDIE

UZA CLAUDE

Most Fashionable (Male)

ALLEN COLONEL (NIGERIA) WINNER

DEGON (GHANA)

UBONG SAM (NIGERIA)

ISAAH TEE ABDUL RAZAK (GHANA)


Most Popular (Female)

MADLYN (GHANA)

TRACY EFUA DANIEL (GHANA)

EJIRO TEJERE (NIGERIA)

AMANDA AMO MENSAH (WINNER)

ZOLEKA VALERIA (

MARTHA FRANS (NAMIBIA)

Most Popular (Male)

JOSHUA AMOAH (WINNER)

AD

DON DADA

MIQDAD

BABA GONNE

KARLES KOBBY

SONNIE


Face of NUGS (Female)

GRACE OSEI

MICHILLE ADDEA KUMI

MONA MALIK

TRACY EFUA DANIEL

AMPONSAH FOWAA NADEZHDA

PAMELA AMANKWAH (WINNER)

Face of NUGS (Male)

REXFORD WEST

JAMES W. ASIEDU (WINNER)


Media Personality of the year

ISAAC LANCE (NIGERIA)

SONNIE NYAME (GHANA)

DAVIA (JAMAICA)

REXFORD WEST (GHANA) (WINNER)

MADLYN (GHANA)

KARLES KOBBY (GHANA)

ZOLENKA HOKO


Entrepreneur of the year

KARLES KOBBY (WINNER)

CLEMENT KOJO ACQUAH

EL-PACHRIS

Most Influential Youth

ZOLEKA HOKO (WINNER)

JOSHUA AMOAH (GHANA)

REXFORD WEST (GHANA)

OREOLUWA SOWONMI (NIGERIA)

GYEBI KENNETH SHAWCROSS (GHANA)

PHILIP SEDEM DANKWAH (GHANA)

HON. EZEKWU PRECIOUS PK (NIGERIA)

TOSANWUMI JACDONMI (NIGERIA)

AFIGHI AGHOGHO (NIGERIA)

CLEMENT KOJO ACQUAH (GHANA)

Most Promising Youth

KARLES KOBBY

REXFORD WEST

AMPONSAH FOWAA NADEZHE

MADLYN (WINNER)


Sport Personality of the Year

ELIJAH GAMSON (WINNER)

MENSAH BOATENG JOSEPH

SYLVESTER BOTCHWAY

KELVIV OSEI AGYEKUM

OBENG SAMUEL


Vocalist of the Year

ANITA OPOKU YEBOAH (GHANA) WINNER

JUSTICE CHINDA (NIGERIA)

BEULAH (NIGERIA)


Dancer of the Year

TRACEY EFUA DANIELS (GHANA) WINNER

MAAME AKUA OHENEWAA (GHANA)

COLLOS (NIGERIA)

MICHELLE

ALBERTA

NUGS-UKRAINE ELECTIONS: EVANS AMOATENG WINS PRESIDENTIAL SEAT

The National Union Of Ghanaian Student Ukraine just ended their national election on Saturday 23 May 2020 and Per declaration of results by the Electoral Commissioner of NUGS-Ukraine, Hon. Collins Takyi, the current Vice President in the Person Of Hon. Evans Amoateng emerged victorious and is designated as at now the President-Elect of NUGS-Ukraine.

WHO IS EVANS AMOATENG

Well Evans Amoateng is a fifth year medical student in Lviv, Ukraine. He served as a two-term President of NUGS LVIV for the 2017/18 and 2018/19 academic years.
During his second term of office as President of NUGS LVIV he was appointed as the Western Coordinator of NUGS UKRAINE. He was also chosen as the running-mate for H.E Mustapha Abdul Mumin Mohammed in the 2019 General Election and he serves as the National Vice President of NUGS UKRAINE.

A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.

NATIONAL UNION OF GHANA STUDENTS WISHES YOU EID MUBARAK

Great Eid wishes to all Muslims, especially, Ghanaian students, local and abroad, you mean soo much to Us ( NUGS )

Eid- Mubarak also called the “Festival of Breaking the Fast”, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide to mark the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan, For which our brothers and sisters have participated.

We first congratulate every Muslim Student for being able to pass through this fasting, during these times we have an open enemy, COVID-19. We are not in ordinary times to celebrate with the usual outdoor programs, kindly cope with the officially endorsed precautionary protocols. With joyous hearts we wish you all “Barikade Sala”…..

There is no greater blessing than that of Allah. There no greater happiness than that of attaining pure Bliss. May the light of the moon fall directly on you and Allah bless you with everything you desire today. Have a joyous Eid full of sparkling lights.

The leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students ( NUGS) is grateful to have you part of us. May Allah bless us all.
Once again, Stay safe and follow all preventive measures as we celebrate the end of the month of fasting.

Signed : National Executive Officers , NUGS