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The University of Ghana is in the process of reviewing its undergraduate study programmes to focus more on entrepreneurship, critical and analytical thinking, as well as intellectual development.

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, Professor Samuel Kwame Offei, said going forward, their programmes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, would concentrate on creating the 21st century graduate, by focusing on critical and analytical thinking, entrepreneurship and intellectual development, and on making all their programmes more responsive to the needs of the country and industry.

“We need to work together to ensure that the youth are well trained and ready for modern workplace by the time they leave school, and I am sure that all of us here today are committed to working to make sure that this does take place,” Prof Offei stated in his closing remarks at the end of the 69th Annual New Year School and Conference (ANYSC) in Accra.

Oguaa Teachers Cooperative Credit Union has declared the next two years ahead as action year with emphasis to increase membership to ensure maximization of liquid funds and investments to facilitate increase profitability.

To achieve this, the Union has adopted a mechanism to educate and mobilize members among the informal sector to save while running a youth piloting saving initiative.

The Board Chairman, Nana Kwadwo Boateng Addo, disclosed this at the 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM), of the Union. On the theme: The Credit Union Concept- Focusing on the youth in wealth creation.

The Member of Parliament for the New South Wales (State), Australia, Honorable Julia Finn, with representatives of the High Commission of the Commonwealth of Australia, has paid a courtesy call on the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah.

Ms. Julia Finn (MP) is on a visit to Ghana and Liberia, to discuss with respective Ministers on issues relating to higher education and emerging opportunities that can provide mutual benefits to Ghana and Australia.

At the meeting, the Hon. Minister of State made it clear that, "Government of Ghana has a strong commitment towards education and is making conscious efforts in the form of huge investments to drive development through education.''

President Akufo Addo yesterday met the Press to answer a range of questions bothering on his administration.

On government decision regarding the Gitmo 2, President Akufo Addo said his government is yet to take a decision on the Guantanamo Bay detainees in Ghana, noting that once that is done, it will be forwarded to Parliament for deliberations when the House reconvenes.

President Akufo Addo added that he was aware a decision had to be made on Mahmud Omar bin Atef and Khalid Mohamad Sali Al-Dhaby who were brought into the country in 2016 for a period of two years. However, the two, who have exhausted their stay, are still in the country.

The Ghana AIDS Commission has released a statement, debunking figures that is supposedly emanating from the Commission.

The figures are in relation to articles circulating in the media, citing a high percentage increase in a new HIV infections in the country.

US President Donald Trump has come under severe criticism and received backlash from both his country and the international community following his hate comment that sought to denigrate Africa, Haiti and El Salvador. Though President Trump denies making any racial comments, scores of individuals including Republicans and the African Union have called on him to retract the comment and apologize.

President Trump is said to have made the comments at a meeting with American lawmakers on the new US immigration policy.

V/Region: $860,000 digital health facility taken over by weeds, reptiles [Potos]

Local News

An $860,000 digital village project comprising a solar-powered library and a health facility, has been abandoned and taken over by weeds after it was handed over by the lead sponsor Samsung and UNESCO to the government in 2015.

Over 20,000 cattle ‘flushed out’ of Agogo – MCE

Local News

The Municipal Chief Executive of Asante Akyem North in the Ashanti Region, Francis Oti Boateng, has said almost half of the over 45,000 cattle that invaded Agogo and its surrounding areas have been taken out of the area.

Bank of Ghana Hospital

Local News

A 60-bed capacity ultra-modern Bank of Ghana Hospital which was completed in 2017, is yet to be put to use although all major equipment and hospital material have been duly installed.

The Information Minister Mustapha Hamid has urged the Public to ignore reports that January salary for public sector workers will delay.

In a statement, Mr. Hamid described the report as fake.

“The release, titled, Delay in Processing January 2018 Salary” alleges that payment of January 2018 salaries to public sector workers will be delayed. I wish to state that, it is fake news and should be disregarded.

“The Controller and Accountant General has sent payment advice of public sector workers to their various banks last Friday 19th January 2018,” the Information Minister said.

Police personnel have moved into Gyaman Pensan Senior High School at Aboaso in the Kwabre East District of Ashanti to restore calm there following rioting Sunday evening.

The students were, according to Joy News sources, protesting a decision by school authorities to scrap entertainment events, a decision they found unacceptable.

The students stormed a housemaster’s residence and broke the louvre blades in an attempt to forcibly enter the house. They were however unsuccessful because they could not breach the bugler proofs.

Former Education minister Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman has said the initial criticisms against the Free SHS policy was unfair.

In her view, it was unjustifiable for anyone to have criticized the policy when all the details were not known.

The Akufo-Addo government is yet to disclose the source of funding for its flagship education policy which commenced in September 2016.

Olivier Giroud

Foreign Sports

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Olivier Giroud as they continue negotiations with Arsenal over a deal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, according to Sky in Germany.

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele will race Britain's Mo Farah in the London Marathon in April.

Top seed Simona Halep recovered from a third-round win that lasted nearly four hours to beat Naomi Osaka and reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Former champion Angelique Kerber battled back against world number 88 Hsieh Su-wei to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.

The Chairman of the Ghana League Clubs Association (GHALCA), Cudjoe Fianoo has said the organization of the annual President’s Cup would be reconsidered and expanded this year.

Captain of newly promoted Dreams Fc Leonard Owusu was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of the just ended GHALCA G8 tournament after leading his team to the trophy.

We are ready to collaborate with Zylofon Media - Tourism Minister


The Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku, has revealed the Ministry’s intentions to collaborate with Zylofon Media on their Zylofon Arts fund.

Meet the young media entrepreneur set to release movie on Asantehemaa’s burial


The high unemployment rate in Ghana has created the awareness on the need for the youth to invest in entrepreneurship rather than depend on jobs in the public sector.

Hugh Masekela


Legendary musician Hugh Masekela has died. Hugh’s family issued a statement confirming the news.

John Dumelo


John Dumelo, on Sunday 21 January, posted a photo of a lady’s hands with an engagement ring with the caption, "she said yes”.

Lydia Forson


Lydia Forson claims she has been 'physically assaulted' by a National Security officer.

Dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah, known in showbiz circles as Shata Wale, has cautioned musicians demanding sex from fellow dancehall diva, AK Songstress, to back off.

Kwaku Baprui Asante


Former President, John Dramani Mahama, has paid a glowing tribute to the departed statesman and diplomat, K. B.  Asante, whose death was confirmed by his relatives Monday morning.

The National Chairman of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Prof Edmund Delle, has eulogised the late retired Ghanaian diplomat, KB Asante saying he was “fearless” and “apolitical.”

“I wish he leaves us the secret of his life because as a doctor I just cannot explain,” he stated on Morning Starr “as those of us who are younger than he was didn’t have the energy that this man had.”

Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman


The immediate past minister for Education Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyeman says she will accept the post again if offered to her by the President.

According to the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast, who has been accused of incompetence and mismanagement by her successor Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, her desire to see progress in the education sector of the country goes beyond her personal interest.

“If I am called again to be Education Minister, I’ll take the job,” she told Francis Abban on the Morning Starr Monday.

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is to intensify the campaign on accountability, rule of law and anti-corruption (arap) this year to drum home the need to curb corruption in the country.
The campaign is to complement the national anti-corruption (nacap) crusade being undertaken by the commission.

The Chairperson of the Commission, Ms Josephine Nkrumah, stated this during a press briefing on activities lined by the commission for 2018 last Friday.

The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Miss Otiko Afisa Djaba, has urged the Ghanaian public to cooperate with the ministry to achieve the goals of its Operation Get off the Street project.

She said in so doing, it was necessary for the public to stop giving money to street children and beggars in order to discourage the children and beggars from staying on the streets.

At a stakeholders meeting in Accra, she said halting the act giving to beggars would also help the ministry achieve the Operation Get off the Street project, which sought to provide a better living for street children while they were off the street.

President Akufo-Addo has charged supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party [NPP], to avoid all forms of disagreements and conflicts which may affect the unity of the party.

He asked them to rally behind the government and give it the needed support to succeed.

President Akufo-Addo said this when he addressed party supporters at an annual meeting in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.

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