World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is celebrated internationally every year on the 31st of May to raise awareness on the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use, second-hand smoke exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. As part of the program of work of the Tobacco and Substances of Abuse Department (TSAD), there are scheduled activities planned to commemorate this day.

In relation to this year’s WNTD with the theme “Protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”, the FDA will host a webinar in participation with National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) on Wednesday 3rd June, 2020 at the FDA head office.

You are invited to participate in this virtual meeting scheduled as follows:

        Date:                   Wednesday, 3rd June 2020
        Time:                  10:00 am - 11.00am
        Name of Event: WNTD2020

Register by sending an email to stating the name of event.

Nigerian Student Dies After Being Raped In A Church

An undergraduate of the University of Benin has died after being raped inside a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, sparking outrage on social media.

On May 27, 2020, the victim, Uwa Omozuwa, was said to have visited the RCCG, Edo Province 10, Ikpoba Hill, Benin, where she was reading.

Some men were reported to have made their way into the church auditorium where they struck her in the head with a fire extinguisher, raped her and left her for dead.

A security guard at the church reportedly found her in a pool of blood and informed his superiors at the church.

The 22-year-old victim, who was unconscious, was rushed to the University of Benin Teaching Hospital where she narrated her ordeal. She, however, succumbed to her injuries three days later.

The case was reported at the Oregbeni Police Station, Benin.

According to friends of the deceased, she only recently gained admission into the federal university and had yet to do matriculation as of the time of her death on May 30, 2020.

Several Twitter users wondered how the deceased was killed in broad daylight and inside a church.

Trending as #JusticeforUWA, Nigerians called on the police to bring the culprits to book.

@Bubble_minakie tweeted, “This is Uwa, a 22-year-old girl who was raped in RCCG Benin, inside the church, is there no limit to this evil? The culprits are on the run and they must be found and brought to justice.”

@i_amcollinss tweeted, “She was raped in church and had her head smashed with a fire extinguisher in broad daylight, around Ikpoba hill, Benin city. She was murdered in cold blood. The wicked must not go unpunished.”

This innocent young lady was raped in church, then brutally slain. A church is supposed to be the safest place for anyone. So if something like this is happening in the church, I really don’t know anymore. It’s heartbreaking! Broken heart,” @OlisaOsega tweeted.

Also commenting on the incident, another Twitter user with the handle @MohammedBlack_ said, “Saddening how our community gradually becomes unsafe for us. People get killed daily frivolously.

“May Uwa’s soul rest in peace and I hope her family ever finds the strength to bear this loss. This is for all of us. Hopefully, the perpetrators are caught! #justiceForUwa.”

President Akufo Addo listens to NUGS

The national Union Of Ghana Students (NUGS) held a press conference on 28th May,2020 to engage the general public on matters of students interest.

Among the recommendations NUGS made to Government were ;

  1. All final year students of JHS,SHS and tertiary should be allowed to return to the classroom but with strict adherence to the health protocols like social distancing, limited contact hours, few pupil to teacher ratio, decongestion of classes among others.
    This will afford them the opportunity to prepare and take their transition exams in a usual physical session.
  2. On the other hand, Elementary schools (K.G, primary) should remain closed.
  3. Also continuing students at the JHS, SHS and Tertiary levels should remain home.

In the President’s address to the nation last night 31st May, 2020 at exactly 10pm , it was seen that he heeded to the call of Ghanaian Students.

Thank you Mr. President for listening to the National Union of Ghana Students.