Wa Polytechnic matriculates 462 fresh students for 2018/2019 academic year

Wa Polytechnic  Matriculation Ceremony

By Charles Chedar

The Wa Polytechnic in the Upper West Region over the weekend held its 16th matriculation ceremony for 462 fresh men and women admitted to pursue various Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes in the 2018/2019 academic year.

The students took the matriculation oath administered by Mr Vitus Songotuah, the Registrar, and pledged to be of good behaviour and abide by the rules and regulations of the institution.

Mr Iddrisu Mohammed Ngmenipuo, the Acting Rector, said during the 2018 admission cycle, 509 applications were received, out of which 462 comprising 150 female and 312 males were offered admissions.

He said per the number of admissions granted, only 324 applicants accepted the offer and were duly registered as freshmen and women.

He said the Polytechnic is facing a plethora of problems including low student enrolment and the institution is working to ensure a permanent solution.

“We have tasked the Joint Admissions Committee (JAC) to conduct a scientific study on this matter and to organize a stakeholder’s workshop to fashion out workable and sustainable strategies to the problem of very low student enrolment”, he said.

He expressed the hope that when the first cohort of the Free Senior High School (SHS) graduates are ready to join the tertiary education, the enrolment would improve.

Mr Ngmenipuo said that the school authorities are determined to work hard to place the institution on the path of progress.

He appealed to government through the Ministry of Finance to grant clearance to the Polytechnic authorities to employ more staff as the school is currently understaffed.

Mr Ngmenipuo said the school needed street lights along the main road to the campus as the students have to traverse all sort of dangers in the night to study on campus.

He urged the fresh students to develop the attitudes of discipline and commitment and learn hard to justify the financial and material investment their parent and government has placed in them.

The Wa Polytechnic was officially established in 1999 but programming and construction of the school site began in 2003.

Its prime mandate is to support rural development and poverty reduction in deprived areas.

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Upper West NRSC advocates regular use of crash helmets

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By Chedar Charles
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) in Upper West Region has stepped up the campaign of encouraging motorists to use crash helmets for head protection and general safety in the event of accident.

Mr Mohammed Abdul-Samad, the Regional Manager of NRSC, said low usage of helmets among motorcycle users in the Region has become a major concern for road safety officials who have a core mandate of protecting lives of road users.

Mr Abdul-Samad, who was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Wa, said the regional NRSC has launched a campaign dubbed: “No helmet on, no riding campaign” which is being run on several platforms but many motorcyclists were not paying much attention to it.

He said the Commission has intensified its media campaign and extended it to religious bodies but many motorist are not heeding the advice.

Mr Abdul-Samad said crash helmets are important personal protective tool for motorists and its usage ought to be taken seriously adding that riders should not be on the road without helmets.

He said head injuries were the leading causes of motor accident deaths as: “Motorcyclists wearing helmets increase their chances of survival significantly over non-helmet wearers in motorcycle accident”.

Mr Abdul-Samad advised motorists riding without the use of helmets to develop positive attitudes towards the use of helmet in order to cut down increasing number of motorcycle accident related to deaths and severe head injuries.

“People involved in accident and came out without hands and legs and they lives and success in life but one cannot life without head,” he said.

Motorcycle users were also urged to get license and acquaint themselves of road signs and other vital information produced by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to avoid high occurring road accidents.

Motorists were also cautioned exercise patience as the yuletide was just around the corner.

Mr Samad urged the media and other stakeholders to help educate the public to understand the risk of riding without helmets.

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GEPA engages non-traditional exporters on accurate data entry

By Charles Chedar, GNA Wa, (UW), Oct. 26, GNA – The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) on Tuesday organised a sensitisation workshop for freight forwarders and exporters in the Upper West Region on provision of accurate information on non-traditional exports and prevention of data loss.

Wa, (UW), Oct. 26, GNA – The Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) on Tuesday organised a sensitisation workshop for freight forwarders and exporters in the Upper West Region on provision of accurate information on non-traditional exports and prevention of data loss.

The GEPA collaborated with the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF) and Export Business Community to spearhead the session to ensure participants receive requisite knowledge and skills for adequate data protection of non-traditional products.

Similar programmes will be taking place in other border regions of Ghana for stakeholders on the imperatives of protecting and ensuring transmission of accurate information during export declaration.

Non-traditional products such as Cocoa, Shea nuts, Coffee, Cashew Nuts, Handicrafts, Bananas, Plantain and many more are exported to various market destinations across the globe, but data provided by local exporters had been found to be mostly inaccurate.

The GEPA told participants during the training that it had the mandate to ensure non-traditional products exported to various foreign markets possessed the right data and were safe for exchange.

Mr Maxwell Osei-Kusi, the Director of GEPA, said the sensitisation programme became necessary because of emerging observations about inaccurate export declaration forms and loss of data due to non-presentation on some manually completed export forms.

“We have noticed that some of the data that we receive which has been published to many stakeholders – World Bank, United Nations and other partners – for decision making and analysis, and it is crucial for an accurate and reliable export data to be provided,” Mr Osei-Kusi said.

He stated that GIFF should see themselves as the heart of the country because any information given was being used to make a vital decisions for national policy and development.

Ghana has set a target of achieving $5.3 billion from exportation of non-traditional goods by the end of 2021.

Mr Henry Ayinemi Atampubiri, the Upper West Regional Commander of Customs, Excise and Preventive Service Division of the Ghana Revenue Service Commander said Freight Forwarders played important roles in the exportation process.

He said it was the duty of Customs to educate GIFF to capture credible information of exporters which would reflect at the national level.

“Most of our Freight Forwarders are not well informed in the customs procedures and there is the need of updating their skills through organised capacity building for them”, he said.

The objective of the programme was to create awareness among GEPA stakeholders regarding to need to ensure accurate data entry during export declaration to avert export data loss.

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Nandom advances in achieving Open Defecation Free mark

Nandom-ODF

By Charles Chedar

Wa, (U/W), Oct 18, GNA – Upper West Regional Coordinating Committee on Sanitation and Single Nucleotide Variants (SNV) Ghana have expressed satisfaction over significant progress made by Nandom District to attaining Open Defecation Free (ODF) conditions.

The meeting convened in Wa sought to inform stakeholders in sanitation about activities being pursued by agencies to stop communities from defecating in the open and stick to cleaner hygiene.

Madam Freda Naatu, the Upper West Regional Environmental Health Officer, told journalists that the SNV Ghana started operating in Nandom and Lawra districts in 2014 to assist in ending the “menace” in the two districts.

She noted that in December 2017 Nandom attained about 90 per cent ODF, while Lawra came out with 86 per cent in the district wide rating.

“Nandom is the first district which achieved this remarkable performance of 96 per cent of Open Defecation Free (ODF) district wide in the country”, she said.

The Nandom District Environmental Health Officer, Mr Jerry Sabogu Yakubu, said the district has 88 communities and 84 of them represented the 96 per cent scored the ODF, but added that the remaining four communities would be covered soon to make the district reach the 100 per cent mark.

He attributed the successes chalked out to the traditional leaders and the sanitation officers who he described as supportive.

However, Mr Sabogu said Nandom communities in dispersed settlements made the construction of latrines a challenge.

Mr Jerry also said the District Assembly was expected to implement workable by-laws to ensure people who do not have latrines in their houses begin to arrange for some to help to achieve the 100 per cent ODF before the year ends.

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Chief encouraged youth into millet farming.

By Charles Chedar, GNA

Tuolo (UWR), Oct. 06, GNA – The Chief of Tuolo in the Lawra District, Naa Tembom Tang, has advised the youth in the area to go into millet farming, telling them that, it is a rewarding business.

That would help to bring down unemployment and make their lives meaningful to themselves, their families and the society.

He was speaking at a community gathering to mourn his deceased elder brother.

The chief said millet served as raw material for the production of most locally-made drinks and local dishes – malt, ‘pito’, beer, ‘tuozarfi’ and porridge and the demand for the cereal was high.

Millet is one of the commonest traditional cereal crops in Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions and Naa Tang said it was regrettable people did not attach any seriousness to its cultivation.

“I started benefiting from farming when I focused much on millet farming and that is what I use to cater for my five wives and over 37 children.”

He said the demand for the cereal had grown astronomically and earned him and his household substantial income.

He had expanded his farm from six to 10 acres and had been enjoying rising income.

He advised Ghanaians to begin to learn to use indigenous crops to produce things locally which would help to create jobs opportunities for the unemployed youth and reduce food importation.

He asked the young people to overcome laziness and begin to see agriculture as business.

“Involving ourselves in farming would help meet the aim of the government planting for foods and jobs policy,” Naa Tang added.

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DES free six pregnant teenage girls forced into marriage.

By Charles Chedar, GNA

Sawuobe (U/W), Oct. 6, GNA – The Ghana
Education Service (GES) in Wa East District has set free six pregnant teenage
girls forced into marriage and handed them over to the Domestic Violence and
Victim’s Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service in Wa.

The victims, who were freed from their
supposed husbands’ homes after years of bondage in Sawuobe community, were aged
between 15 and 19 years.

They were all pulled out from school and given
out in marriage, a situation that angered education officials, who reported the
matter to DOVVSU in the Upper West.

Mr Ernest Nwadei, the Wa East District
Education Officer, told the Ghana News Agency that several girls in that
community are in child and forced marriage slavery for over 20 years.

Parents of the community have been accused of
intentionally pushing their young little girls into marriage at the time they
are expected to be in school.

Education officials said the matter was
reported to DOVVSU this week after detecting the phenomenon was escalating.
DOVVSU then invited the supposed husbands and their parents but all refused to
turn up, except two who surrounded to the police.

“Since we have school in 1986, no single girl
has completed Junior High School because of teenage pregnancy and early forced
marriage in the town,” said Nwadei.

He said many of the girls are forced to
abandon school at the primary and JHS levels to marry with several of them
giving birth to fatherless children because their husbands refuse to take
responsibilities.

Pre-marital sex (teen sex) and teenage
pregnancy, he noted, was on the ascendency in the town but no action has been
taken by stakeholders including community leaders and the assembly.

“We are now hopeless and disgraced because
education is the key to success and our children are interested in only marriages
and teenage pregnancy which would not bring any good to the town,” Mr Nwadei
said.

Some of the victims narrated their ordeal to
GNA saying they have been “deliberately and forced” by their parents and close
relatives to drop from school and marry.

Ms Fusina (not real name) said: “My biological
brother repeatedly strikes me and beats me to marry, in one instance, I had one
of my teeth broken as a result of the beatings when I refused to do so [marry
the man]”.

The victims, many of whom proclaimed ambitious
dreams, said they would be very happy if a second chance could be offered them
to go back to school to continue their education.

Mr Asumah Marifa said some parents were not in
support of the outmoded culture of child and forced marriage, and tried apportioning
blame on the pregnant girls for not heeding parental advice.

“They [girls] have bad attitudes and often
times reject advices from their parent and that is leading them into this
unspeakable disgrace,” he said.

“We are worried about our children school
dropout and we are putting possible measures to curb this predicament of ours,”
he added: but we need helping hands especially from the Wa East District
Assembly to help avert the problem”.

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We do not understand the police action -Ababaasa Olinaa

By Chedar Charles, GNA

Dorimon(U/W) ,Sept.20, GNA-The Assembly member for Dorimon electoral area,Mr. Ababaasa Olinaa in collaboration with the unite committee expressed their discontented with the police in Dorimon for their ununderstandable actions in the town.

Mr. Ababaasa Olinaa, the assembly man for the Dorimon electoral area said the police are found suspect in several cases and those cases were been killed without any clear approval on them.

According to Olinaa said,on the 12 of September, 2018 four goats were missing and three of them were found inside a certain boy room and the other goat was also confirmed dead at the police station and they were smoking it.

“The goat which the police were smoking have the same mark as the other ones found in the boy room and no explanation or action is taken on it since then” said Olinaa.

“When the missing goats were found in the boy’s room, we informed the police for arrest and they came and were talking only goats leaving the thief and we asked them Why it should be that and they said they would come and arrest him later and we were automatically baffled with their actions because if they come later and the boy is no where to be found what would they do? ” added Olinaa.

Ababaasa said, last year 2017,they brought a thief with the stolen goats and one of the goats got missing at the police station and they searched evey corner of the town and were not found till date.

“We are covered with fear because our lives and properties are at risk due to the increasing of crimes and weak security in the area” said Ababaasa.

“Dorimon is a vast area with over 99 communities and the police are only five so we need more police in addition”Ababaasa concluded.
The unite committee chairman Dalugu Kofi said robbery started shooting up when the police started familiarized themselves with the town boys.

Dalugu said criminal record was better at the time the unite committee were handled and Monitoring criminal cases in the town.

“We would be happy if all the old police can be transferred and bring new police to avert this confusing”said Kofi.
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