Ukraine, Europe Learning From Ghana’s Expertise In Cybersecurity Awareness – Antwi-Boasiako

A national cybersecurity advisor, Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, has explained that Ghana’s robust cybersecurity structure has become a model for other countries including the Ukraine and Europe.

He said that with the adoption of a multi-sectoral governance structure in 2017, and the growing of home-based expert initiatives, the country has become a go-to for many West African countries in particular.

“In October 2017, Ghana adopted a multi-sectoral governance structure for national cybersecurity, leading to the establishment of the National Cybersecurity Inter-Ministerial Council, the National Cybersecurity. This architecture has been replicated in other sectors domestically. It has continued to serve as a national cybersecurity benchmark for a number of African countries.

“And more than five African countries have requested for direct assistance through the honourable minister to implement similar structures,” he said.

Dr. Albert Antwi-Boasiako, who is also the acting Director-General of the National Cybersecurity Authority, was speaking at the Official Launch of National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2021, the Launch of Cyber Security Authority, and the Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) Directive in Accra.

He further explained how the officials from Europe have also sought support from Ghana to enable them implement same in their respective countries, adding that tens of thousands of students have so far benefited from the sensitization exercise.

“Officials from Ukraine, and Europe, upon coming across Ghana’s model for awareness creation, requested for support to replicate same in their respective countries. Ghana has embarked on a journey for the protection of children under 18 years, through our collaboration with UNICEF.

“This initiative in 2019 alone sensitized more than 40,000 students across all the 16 regions in the country that we currently have. This model of awareness creation has been hailed globally, serving as a model for other countries to emulate. The ECOWAS Commission has requested Ghana to lead the cybersecurity development in the sub-region,” he said.

He also spoke about how this has won the country a regional spot as the hub for cyber security building in West Africa.

“And in 2018, at the sponsorship of the World Bank, more than 50 officials across all the 15 ECOWAS countries, visited Ghana to learn from our experience. The Council of ECOWAS again has chosen Ghana as the hub for cyber capacity building in the region. This is in view of our ability to have developed home-grown expertise in capacity-building programs in the region,” he said

Ghana adopted a cybersecurity model in 2017

• Ghana has become the hub for cyber capacity building in West Africa

• Ukraine and other European countries have been learning from Ghana’s expertise

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Edmund Owusu; Nominated For UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards 2021

Edmond Owusu is a final year Software Engineering student at OpenLab NIIT. Few months ago, Edmund developed a payment application which allows the transfer of money from your bank account to your mobile money account and vice versa. He calls it ‘’Virtualpay’’. After the news went rival, Edmund has been nominated for the 2021 edition of UMB Ghana Tertiary Awards under the category of Best Student of the year and Best Software Developer Engineer.

Edmund has overcome the challenges of living with cerebral palsy and is making a lot of progress in his academics. ’’ I want to be a big time Software Developer’’ he says.
Today we celebrate Edmund a confident and industrious student.

Kindly follow the link to vote for Edmund Owusu

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Grammy Awards Announces Upcoming Interview With Sarkodie

In July, Ghana’s musical icon Sarkodie released his highly-anticipated album titled ‘No Pressure’. Tomorrow, the Recording Academy will publish its first interview with Sarkodie, one of Africa’s biggest names, on GRAMMY.com.

Watch the trailer below, and stay tuned for the full episode of Sarkodie’s interview, set to debut on Wednesday, September 15 at 10 AM PST/5 PM GMT.

Ghanaian Youth, Devoid of Political Colors and Affiliation-Tescon UK; Wales Coordinator.

The TESCON United Kingdom, Wales Coordinator, Emmanuel Victor Paa Asante with a Tweet calling all Ghanaian youth to devoid of their political colors and affiliation owns up and has emphasize all to stand up and flight for the country.

LETTER OF GRIEVANCE TO MEDICAL AND DENTAL COUNCIL (MDC)

On 26th February 2021, a total number of Four Hundred and Thirty-Nine (439) foreign trained doctors wrote the Licensure Registration Exams. Interviews were conducted subsequently on (date). The cost of the exams was $770 (GHS4,543.00) per candidate. 

As duly communicated to us by the Medical and Dental Council (MDC) the results were to be released within a period of two (2) to four (4) weeks 

from the date of the exams. Overwhelmingly, it has been more than seventeen (17) weeks (Four (4) 

months) since the date of the exams. The results have neither been released nor has there been a communiqué from the MDC detailing the 

reasons for the unprecedented delay. 

All attempts to obtain answers have proved futile. Constant enquiry visits at the Council left us rather devastated; we are always told to keep waiting to be contacted. As we pen down this letter we are still waiting in 

agitation. 

To our utter dismay, the MDC registered another batch of foreign trained doctors for a licensure exams which was conducted on 25th June 2021. 

Aside that, registration is ongoing for the next batch of Medical and Dental candidates as well as Physician Assistants (PA’s) to sit for the exams in October and November 2021 respectively. This leaves us 

concerned about what the future holds for us. 

Another worrying issue is that, candidates who fail the exam are allowed 

to resit after showing evidence of having done a structured clinical attachment for not less than twenty (20)weeks. As it stands, this won’t be 

ssible this time around, since October is eleven (11) weeks away and no results have been released. This leaves no time for adequate preparation if 

a candidate fails and decides to resit for the exams in October.. 

We are therefore disheartened at the current situation and wish to use your 

esteemed platforms to chum out our grievances. Our future lies in uncertainty. It is therefore our considered hope that by this address our 

grievances will be heard speedily. 

Signed: Aggrieved Foreign Trained Doctors. cc: Medical and Dental Council (MDC) 

Ghana To Introduce Crypto Currency E-Cedi

The Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison has announced at a press conference that the Central Bank is in advanced stages of introducing a digital currency called the E-Cedi. Dr. Addison said cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are too volatile to play the function of money hence the need for a state-backed digital currency such as the e-cedi to facilitate transactions within the economy.

The Governor also revealed that the digital currency has gone through the first phase which involved the design of the money. He further noted that the final stage will involve piloting the digital currency to see how feasible it will be.

NUGS TO HOLD A NON RESIDENTIAL CONGRESS 2020/2021 ON MAY 3RD, 2021 AT MADINA INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ( MIST), LASKESIDE-ACCRA.

MEMO
FROM: THE NUGS NATIONAL SECRETARIAT
TO: SRC PRESIDENTS; LOCAL NUGS PRESIDENTS; DEANS OF
STUDENT AFFAIRS/ INSTITUTIONAL OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR
STUDENT AFFAIRS
TOPIC: 2020/21 NON-RESIDENTIAL CONGRESS

1. I bring you warm greetings from the National Secretariat of the National Union of Ghana Students (hereafter referred to as the Union). This memorandum comes to officially remind you that the 2020/21 Congress of the Union shall take place on Monday, May 3, 2021 at the Madina Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), located at the Lakeside Estate, Ashaley Botwe, Accra. Proceedings begin at 9AM prompt. Consequently, as an institutional member of the National Union of Ghana Students, the Union is again reminding your institution to make payment of its subscription dues to the Union for the 2020/21 academic year, as well as pay the capitation for your delegates to Congress.

2.As per Article 13 (l) (i) of the Constitution of the Union, only institutions that
have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Union; i.e. dues and capitation, can
partake in the proceedings of Congress and the election of new leaders.

3. As previously decided by Congress, an institution shall pay annual subscription
dues of GHS 1.00 for each student of the institution. Therefore, if an institution
has, say, 13,450 students, the institution shall make payment of GHS 13,450.00 as
subscription dues to the Union.

4. Capitation for Congress is GHS 100.00 per delegate/ accredited observer from
an institution. Institutions are to make payment of GHS 100.00 each for the total
number of delegates/ observers they are presenting to Congress.

5. Institutions are to pay their annual dues subscription and capitation for delegates into the
Union’s bank account with the following details:
Account Name: NATIONAL UNION OF GHANA STUDENTS
Account Number: 1161130000887
Bank/ Branch: GCB BANK, BOUNDARY ROAD

6. No cheque will be accepted on the day of Congress. Institutions are therefore to make the
payments now to be able to participate in the proceedings of Congress. Institutions will be
required to present their receipts to the Secretary for Finance and President for endorsement
before being allowed to partake.

7. All enquiries as regards the dues and capitation should be channeled to the Secretary for
Finance of the Union, Mr. Peter Darkwah, whose contact number is 0547701440.

8. Schools that have not submitted their delegates lists should do so with immediate effect
before the publishing of the Delegates/Voters Register on Thursday, April 29, 2021. No
school that has not been published in the Delegates/Voters Register is legally permitted to
vote. The lists should be submitted to divinekwadzodeh.99@gmail.com.

9. Any other enquiry may be forwarded to the General Secretary via the email address
divinekwadzodeh.99@gmail.com.

.10. I appreciate your attention.

DIVINE EDEM KWADZODEH
GENERAL SECRETARY
DISTRIBUTION:
Deans of Student Affairs/
Institutional Officers Responsible for Student Affairs
SRC Presidents
Local NUGS Presidents
General

NUGS Tour Ahafo and Bono Regions

There is always the need for us to revamp the ways of doing things to pave way for the yet to be elected crop of executives to run the affairs of the union. Even as we prepare to beautifully welcome that day, it remains the duty of the current executives to continue doing exploits.

On Friday the 19th of February 2021, NUGS had the august opportunity to grace the occasion of the handing over ceremony of Yamfo College of Health in the Ahafo region to witness the swearing in of their new executives to man the affairs of the college.

The occasion however gave NUGS the singular opportunity to donate nose masks and hand sanitizers to the Yamfo Methodist Primary and JHS. This benevolence is in line with the government’s quest to prevent the spread of the virus and also to enable the students to adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols.

On that same day, NUGS moved expeditiously to the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in the Bono region to pay a courtesy call on the Dean of Students and the SRC executives. This move sought to bring hope to the student leaders and also to encourage them to offer more in their capacity as leaders.

It remains the ultimate aim of NUGS to serve students’ interest.

Thank you.

NUGS ASHANTI TOUR #Day 2

The Leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students ( NUGS) as part of its Education outreach continued their tour in the #Amansie_South District in the Ashanti Region together with Hon. Clement Opoku Gyamfi, DCE for Amansie South District in the Manso Adubia Constituency in the Ashanti Region.

The Union Executives continued to publicize NUGS at the basic level.

The Leadership donated some PPEs to these various institutions as means of supporting students observe COVID-19 Safety Protocols.

Schools toured on Day 2 included ;

Subinso/Kwabenaso DA Primary School. Mmuoho DA Primary and Abiram Methodist Primary School.

MakingNUGsKnown &BeKnown

FOCUSEDNUGS

ALUTACONTINUA.

Ho Airport To Begin Flight Testing Exercise In Two Weeks

The Ho Airport located in the Volta Regional capital is expected to undergo a commercial flight testing exercise in two weeks. 

The Transport Minister, Kweku Ofori Asiamah, announced this after inspecting the facility on Tuesday. 

Africa World Airline will operate two Accra-Ho-Accra flights per week, Monday and Friday, possibly at a one-way fare of GhC100.00

The $25 million Ho Airport designed to hold two medium-sized aircraft at a time, with a passenger capacity of 100 was completed in 2017. 

In September 2020, Africa World Airline announced its readiness to begin operations at the facility after carrying out feasibility studies on the safety and economic prospects of the airport. 

Given this, the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Letsa, the Transport Minister, Kweku Ofori Asiamah, and an entourage from the Ghana Airport Company Limited, Ghana Civil Aviation Authority, and other relevant institutions toured the facility to ascertain its readiness for commercial flights. 

A full complement of communication and weather systems, an X-ray machine among other requisite machinery has been installed to ensure smooth operation of the facility. 

Mr. Asiamah expressed his satisfaction at the level of preparation and indicated that government aims to establish a pilot training institution at the airport to enhance the training of Human Resources for the sector. 

He appealed to the chiefs to ensure the lands allocated for the development of the airport are protected for future use.

Dr. Letsa implored people in the Volta Region to patronize the airport, adding that the facility would see an increase in allocation of flights, only if patronage is encouraging. 

The Warlord of the Asogli State, Togbe Lakle Howusu XII, said the airport would play a significant role in the socio-economic development of the Volta Region, and lauded the government on the operationalization of the facility.