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.
The June 4th Revolution or June 4th Uprising was an uprising in Ghana in 1979 that arose out of a combination of corruption, bad governance, frustration among the general public, and lack of discipline and frustrations within the Ghanaian army.
It was sparked when the then military government of the Supreme Military Council (SMC II) of General F K. Akuffo put then flight Lieutenant Jerry John Rawlings on public trial for attempting to overthrow the government on May 15, 1979.
This happened because Rawlings was a junior soldier in the Ghanaian Army who with other soldiers were refused their salaries.
Rawlings turned the trial against the government by accusing it of massive corruption and requesting that his fellow accused be set free as he was solely responsible for the mutiny.
He was incarcerated for sentencing. His diatribe resonated with the entire nation as there was massive suffering.
On the night of June 3, 1979, junior military officers including Major Boakye Djan broke into the jail where Rawlings was being held and freed him and ostensibly marched him to the national radio station to make an announcement.
The first time the public heard from Rawlings was a now legendary statement that he Rawlings had been released by the junior officers and that he was under their command.
He requested all soldiers to meet with them at the Nicholson Stadium in Burma Camp in Accra.
The entire nation went up in uproar. The soldiers rounded up senior military officers including three former heads of states, General F. K Akuffo, Ignatious Kutu Acheampong, and Afrifa for trial. They were subsequently executed by firing squad.
Rawlings was appointed the head of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) by the revolting Junior military officers to run the country until the ongoing election was completed.
He handed over power to Dr. Hilla Limann in September 1979. But Rawlings again overthrew Limann on 31 December 1981.
Though June 4th became a noted date in Ghana’s history, it has been said to be a date that brings a lot of pain to people who either lost loved ones, lost businesses or had to flee the country.
Meanwhile, all is set for the virtual celebration of the 41st anniversary of the June 4 uprising today, Thursday, June 4, 2020.
Rawlings and leader of the uprising will deliver the keynote address for the event which will be under the theme, “Strengthening the Spirit of Patriotism, Resilience and Integrity in Difficult Times”.
Due to existing social distancing and ban on gatherings protocols instituted by government as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the event will not be open to the public.
According to the anniversary planning committee, other speakers at the E-durbar will include NDC General Secretary, Johnson Asiedu Nketia as well as Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, Ambassador Dan Abodakpi, Maame Efua Sekyi-Addo and Sussie Efua Adoboe all leading members of the NDC.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
9. Any other enquiry may be forwarded to the General Secretary via the email address email@example.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
Leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students as part of its Education outreach toured the #Amansie_South District in the Ashanti Region. The tour within the district was anchored by Hon. Clement Opoku Gyamfi, DCE for Amansie South District in the Manso Adubia Constituency in the Ashanti Region.
This visit also dwelled on matters of students safety and issues affecting students.The initiative also afforded us the opportunity to publicize NUGS at the basic level.
The Leadership donated some PPEs to the various institutions as means of supporting students observe COVID-19 Safety Protocols.
Schools toured included Kumpese/ Akwasi So DA Primary School, Nyankomase TI Almadia Basic School, Manso Adubia United Basic School.
It’s worth it! This is the unanimous perception among volunteers working in vaccination actions against Covid-19 in Santa Maria. Without receiving for this, students and teachers in the health area, retired professionals and other volunteers play essential roles for the vaccine to reach the arm of santa-marienses. They are the ones who, from early on vaccination days, register, organize and apply the doses that can help the municipality overcome the pandemic.
According to the city, the Health Department has 260 volunteers trained to act in vaccination, according to the demand. In vaccination in elderly people over 68 years, last Tuesday, about 100 volunteers were scattered around vaccination points. Academics from five educational institutions participate: Franciscan University, Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM), Integrated College of Santa Maria (Fisma), SEG and Polytechnic College of UFSM. Although most are young, there are also those who add experience to the volunteer team. One example is retired nurse Rosenara Berleze Penna, 58. On Tuesday, she worked in the aspiration of doses in the ufsm drive-thru and took the experience of those who organized the immunization of Santa Maria in the pandemic of H1N1, more than 10 years ago, when she worked as coordinator in the immunization sector of the city.
– I’ve always worked for SUS. So I think I have this commitment to the community to help at this very difficult time – he says, with a smile on his face.
The retired Ana Lúcia Lang Motta, 60 years old, helps with the knowledge of those who worked for 15 years in the immunization sector of the municipality. Alongside Rosenara, she served in the ufsm drive-thru. Retired two years ago, she says she can still learn from her colleagues and doesn’t mind waking up early in the morning to get to the vaccination site early.
– These are hard times and it’s time for us to help each other. We work with a new gurizada, academics, it is an exchange is super rich – explains.
And this exchange is a two-way street.
– They learn to work as a team, they can see larger actions. We do actions with more than 1,000 vaccinated. They have to have greater agility, learn to live with the team, acting during a pandemic. All this adds a lot to their training – explains the professor of the Nursing Technician of the Polytechnic College Caren da Silva Jacobi, 30 years old, who coordinated the team of volunteers of UFSM.
In the case of UFSM, the volunteers were selected by a form, which was sent by e-mail to students of the nursing courses. Students were preferably called closer to the completion of the course. The others were directed to a database and can be summoned in case of need. At UFN, the process was similar, and a WhatsApp group was created to coordinate the activities. One of the members of the group is the student Felipe Del Fabro, 24 years old, a nursing student at UFN, who makes a point of participating in all possible vaccination actions.
– It comes from the profile of nursing students, this desire to be contributing, helping others. We feel refreshed. Get out of here with a lot of compliments, thanks. I’ve never been so blessed. Many elderly people are vaccinated and say “God bless you.” They even bring bombom – reports Del Fabro, who acted as a vaccinator at Clube Dores.
In addition, about 200 other employees participated in the action, including health professionals and commissioned positions of the Departments of Urban Mobility, Social Development and Civil Housing, in an integrated action. Army personnel also assist in vaccination, with logistical support for the organization and assembly of tents.
For Health Secretary Guilherme Ribas, volunteering makes all the difference to the success of immunization against Covid-19. The use of volunteers is not unprecedented in such campaigns. Last year, for example, volunteers worked on the application of influenza vaccines, even if on a smaller scale.
– The support of volunteers and educational institutions, being a university city, shows the commitment of these institutions to the population of Santa Maria. Also the support of other secretariats, which is essential, in order to be able to make more and more progress in vaccination – ribas points out.
Among the volunteers, there is even international aid. The Ghanaian Zaria Adams, 26, participated for the first time as a volunteer last Tuesday. She arrived in Brazil in 2017 and started her nursing course in 2018 at UFSM.
“I wanted to participate, because I’m helping and learning too. I’m very happy helping people. The pandemic got in the way of everyone – it counts.”
According to the city’s Vacinometer, updated on Friday last week, 43,436 doses of vaccine were applied in the city. The 4,200 vaccines applied on Tuesday and the more than 5,500 on Thursday are not included in this account.
The organisers said the masterclass would “engage young and creative engineers to learn the construction of fundamental mixing techniques that apply digital audio workstations like Pro Tools, DP and Ableton.”
Additionally, the workshop aims to impart proper production methods at every stage of the song-making process while allowing participants to mix along in real time.
“The government and leaders of our art and creative sector have contributed less to upsurge the music industry which could increase foreign direct investments in the country,” a statement on Possigee’s website(link is external) reads. “It is in this context that Possigee has devoted himself to help augment the sound engineering situation in Ghana by impacting the tacit knowledge and experience acquired in sound engineering to the young people of today.”
Possigee told Music In Africa that fellow producers DDT, Seshi, Fortune Dane and MOG would also facilitate the workshop. In addition, representatives from Sheer Publishing will be present to take participants through topics relating to copyright, royalties and publishing.
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.
Report from Gam Radio Africa Brazil indicates that a Ghanaian student, Kofi Akowuah Junior popularly called Junior or Fii among friends, studying in one of the universities in brazil has been reported dead on Saturday afternoon 31/012021. According to @itatiaiaoficial , despite attempts to revive him after he had drowned, Junior was pronounced dead by a local doctor on their way to the hospital in Minas Gerais a city in Brazil.
American rapper Meek Mill could be planning a trip to Ghana next year. The Dream Chasers Record boss hinted on visiting the ‘motherland’ in January after sharing a video of some Ghanaian bikers stunting on the streets of Accra on his Instagram account.