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Dr Onzy Nkrumah, son of Ghana’s first President, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, has commended President Akufo-Addo for the implementation of the Free Senior High School (SHS) programme.


According to him, the nation cannot afford not to educate its people therefore, it was important to have removed the main hurdle in education which is the cost, to enable every Ghanaian to be educated, especially at the secondary level.


To that end, the Free SHS programme must be supported by all so that it succeeds.


Dr Onzy Nkrumah told Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM on Thursday, September 21 on the occasion of the celebration of Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday, that: “I congratulated him when he first came with up this. By the way, all the policies of Kwame Nkrumah are available to be copied, plagiarised and abused, and so Nana Akufo-Addo should use all of them not just that one on free education.

Free education was one of the pillars of my father, and if Nana will allow himself to use all of the ideals and the goals of Kwame Nkrumah, that will be terrific and I will support him all the way.


“I just don’t think he was well advised to take this course of action about adding founders and using the UGCC as the founders. I think it is just an unfortunate mistake, and when I get the chance to talk to him one-on-one, I will explain it to him in a logical and historical way.


“We are brothers, we have to love ourselves as much as we can, so we can really be able to manage our own affairs not our own downfall. When we are divided, we are unable to do it but when we are together we can do it and I will pray for that (SHS).


“The Free SHS is absolutely a necessity, it is overdue. I think even with the overthrow of Nkrumah, the people should have continued it. Can we really afford not to educate our people? No …So I think this is a step in the right direction.”

Source: Ghanaweb.com


Campus News

The Founders Day debate keeps attracting views on what status is most suitably attributable to Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.
Professor De-Valera Botchway, with the Department of History, University of Cape Coast has described Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as a symbolic founder of modern Ghana.

CBS CENTRE, UCC Marks First Anniversary Of The Commissioning

Campus News

Exactly a year today, the immediate past Vice Chancellor of UCC, Professor Domwini Dabire Kuupole accompanied by the learned Professor, Patrick Otieno Lumumba, commissioned the Campus Broadcasting Services (CBS) Center.


The five students of the College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences, UCC who received the National Volunteerism Award following their innovative proposal  on a an ultra-modern fish smoking device for fishmongers at Duakor in Cap Coast  have called on the chief and elders of the community.


The visit was to officially inform the chief and elders of Duakor about their intended project to support fish mongers. The device if introduced would improve the fish mongering process by enhancing the hygienic conditions under which fish mongers work and increase productivity.


One of the award recipients, Tony Danso in an exclusive interview with ATL FM News said they were motivated to build a facility to support fishmongers of Duakor after they paid a visit to them and witnessed at first hand the difficult circumstances under which they worked.


“We have been there several times and we realised that the women over there are really going through a tough time.


It touched our heart to develop the device for the women over there to help them smoke their fish in an improved way”.


The Dean of the School of Agric, Professor Elvis Asare Bediako commended the students for their hard work and encouraged other students of UCC to emulate the innovative prowess of their colleagues.

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Veteran Ghanaian journalist, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako, has castigated the attempts by successive governments to celebrate the late Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s birthday as a Memorial Day in Ghana.


According to him, despite the fact that he is a firm believer in Nkrumah’s philosophies, he believes it is unnecessary to allot a day to celebrate the man.


He recalled that he registered his displeasure with the decision of the late Atta-Mills to mark the Dr, Nkrumah’s birthday as a national holiday.


He explained that this was as a result of the fact that Ghanaians were not properly educated on the reason behind the move.


He however noted that the decision of president Akufo-Addo to rebrand Nkrumah’s birthday from ‘Founder’s Day’ to ‘Memorial Day’ vindicates Ghana’s first president in several ways.


To him, it is nothing short of a paradox. Information available to YEN indicates that the president intends to propose a legislation to designate 4th August as Founders' Day, and 21st September as a Memorial Day, both of which will be observed as public holidays.

Source: Ghanaweb.com


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As Ghana marks Dr. Kwame Nrumah's birthday today, the Progressive People's Party (PPP) has paid a glowing tribute to Ghana's first President, for his selfless dedication to the country.

China has lifted a 10-year travel ban on a feminist activist who was jailed for more than a month in 2015 after organizing a campaign against sexual harassment.


Wu Rongrong plans to fly to Hong Kong on Sunday to pursue a master's degree in law in the semi-autonomous city, which has a separate legal system and border controls.


"It was a very complicated process, but now I have my permits and passport back and I will be able to go anywhere," Wu told AFP on Thursday.


The 32-year-old said she felt "prepared to fight" after receiving notice from security authorities that she would not be allowed to leave the mainland for a decade.


In recent weeks, she shared the police letters on her Twitter-like Weibo microblogging account, attracting international attention.

"I don't know why they changed their minds," Wu told AFP.


The national Ministry of Public Security and public security bureaus in Wu's home province of Shanxi did not answer calls from AFP on Thursday.

 Source; Ghanaweb.com

The social worker was taken into custody along with four other activists shortly before International Women's Day in 2015 as they were preparing to hand out stickers about sexual harassment on public transport.


They spent over a month in jail after being accused of "picking quarrels and provoking trouble", but authorities did not pursue charges.


International rights groups described the arrest of the so-called Feminist Five as an important turning point in China's burgeoning organized women's rights movement.


China's ruling Communist Party does not tolerate organized opposition and often clamps down on small activist organizations, with controls tightening since President Xi Jinping came to power in 2012.


Nonetheless, the detention of the women -- Wei Tingting, Wang Man Zheng Churan, Wu Rongrong and Li Tingting -- was seen as unusually harsh given the small scale of their activities, and the previous positive coverage they received in state-run media.

Kenya's Supreme Court has blamed the country's electoral commission (IEBC) for its decision to annul the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The judges said the 8 August poll was "neither transparent or verifiable".

Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu said the IEBC did not verify the presidential results before they were announced.

Mr Kenyatta got 54% of the vote against opposition leader Raila Odinga's 44%, according to the IEBC's results.

Mr Odinga went to court alleging that he had been cheated of victory and that the IEBC had not followed the law in the conduct of the election.

Saudi Arabia is lifting a ban on voice and video calling apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, in a move aimed at boosting productivity and economic growth.

The ministry of communications said access to Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) would be "widely available to users" from Wednesday.

It had previously blocked VoIP apps for failing to comply with "regulations".

The announcement comes only days after Snapchat blocked Al Jazeera from its app in the conservative Gulf kingdom.

Saudi officials accused the Qatar-based network of being a "harmful, propaganda-pushing channel that supports extremism".

Al Jazeera, which denies the charge, said Snapchat's actions were a "clear attack on the rights of journalists and media professionals to report and cover stories freely from around the world".

Saudi Arabia blocked access to Al Jazeera's website at the end of May, shortly before the country severed all links with Qatar over the emirate's alleged support for terrorism and ties with Iran.

More than 20 prominent religious figures, writers, journalists, academics and activists were also reportedly detained earlier this month in a crackdown on dissent linked to the diplomatic dispute.

Surveillance and censorship of the internet in Saudi Arabia intensified after the so-called Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, and the authorities have previously claimed to be using IP address-blocking to prevent citizens accessing 400,000 websites.

Telecoms companies were informed by the Saudi Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) in 2013 that they needed to comply with regulations over VoIP.

The commission did not say what was being flouted, but stressed it was acting to "protect society from any negative aspects that could harm the public interest".

The ministry of communications said the decision to now give Saudis access to VoIP was "an important step in the kingdom's internet regulation" that would "reduce operational costs and spur digital entrepreneurship".

"Digital transformation is one of the key kick-starters for the Saudi economy, as it will incentivize the growth of internet-based businesses, especially in the media and entertainment industries," it added.

Source: Ghanaweb.com