President João Lourenço attends coronation of King Charles III

London – Angolan Head of State João Lourenço witnessed Saturday in London, UK, the coronation ceremony of the King Charles III.

Accompanied by the First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço, the Angolan Statesman joined the 2,000 foreign dignitaries and other guests of the British Government at the two-hour event, held at Westminster Abbey.

Charles III was born in London on November 14, 1948. Charles Philip Arthur George is the sovereign of the United Kingdom and 14 more independent states known as Kingdoms of the Commonwealth realm.

The current monarch ascended the throne in September 2022, following the death of the Queen, Elizabeth II.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angolan president at official reception ahead of coronation of Charles III

Luanda – Angolan head of state João Lourenço attended Friday afternoon the official reception, ahead the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camilla at Buckingham Palace in London.

Saturday, João Lourenço, accompanied by the First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço, is participating in the coronation ceremony of King Charles III and Queen Consort Camila, together with hundreds of other guests.

Angolan Head of State is attending the coronation as the guest of the British Government.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Angola close to beat the 2015 African Cup medal record

Luanda – Angolan National Team won 59 medals at the Alvalade swimming pool, in Luanda, and is close to reaching the 2015 record.

So far, the country snatched 22 gold medals. Also 19 silver and 18 bronze at the African Swimming Championship in zone IV.

The result was attributed to the rise in wins recorded on Friday in the qualifying competition for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)

Douala 5: Demolition leaves businesses in the cold

Agents of the Douala 5 Council on Friday, May 05, 2023, carried out a demolition exercise in the municipality. The areas affected were the market roundabout Makepe.

More than 20 shops and business sites were destroyed, leaving homes and businesses in shambles. The owners of these business sites say the demolition exercise is a very bitter pill for them to swallow.

” The council agents came earlier just like two days ago asking us to move out of the areas but to be honest I thought it was all a joke because usually, I know for demolition to be carried out, owners of the properties must be informed months before the exercise. So we stayed back silently. Then of a sudden, they appeared yesterday with machines ready to destroy properties. We could not even say a word” Marcel Tchomo a shop owner lamented.

” I just invested over 4 million into this shop but now, they have destroyed everything. I feed my entire family from the sales. Now everything has gone down. They did not even let me pack up my valuables” Morell Efundem said.

” It is not normal that people wake up one morning to see their shops destroyed. At least a notice should be given. We are about 21 and we are all fathers and mothers with house rents to pay and children to feed. We are tired and we do not know where this government is driving us to. This is totally inhuman and it hurts deep” another shop owner poured out his frustration.

One of the business owners said he has legal documents with authorization from the Mayor but cannot understand why his business was destroyed.

” A lot of complaints, attacks, and insecurity. A notice was given to the victims for relocation. Cameroonians are stubborn” Head of intervention unit Douala 5 told reporters.

The head of the intervention unit of the Douala 5 council police further said the action is to fight against urban disorder and make out space to construct modern toilets. Meantime, victims of the demolition say they are expecting the government to compensate them so they can manage with their families.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Northwest: Inhabitants of Big Babanki decry unfounded extortions from alleged Separatist fighters

The population of Big Bananki a locality in the Mezam division of the North west region is complaining of the multiple extortions and fines being levied on them by alleged separatist fighters.

Reports reveal that they are obliged to pay extra fines to carry out several occasions and ceremonies.

“If you are bereaved they charge you a heavy amount before you can bury the corpse. If you have any occasions of any kind in the village they will charge you and come for you until you pay a heavy amount to them,” a source told CNA.

They also revealed that these separatist fighters demand a certain amount from parents for their children to be kept in school.

“ They said all primary school children will have to pay a sum of 500frs each and all Secondary students will pay 2000frs each,” the same source stated.

They also reprimand house owners to start paying a certain amount to them as rent including business owners before they can carry out their activities.

“They are charging FCFA 10,000 from each father and FCFA 5000 from each mother. How can they be demanding this money as rent from house owners living in their own houses? …They also said that people operating any business of any kind will from now on be charged a levy,” the Same source stated.

The population who now live in fear and uncertainty have called on the authorities concerned to come to their aid to ensure such perpetrators are called to order as the situation has left many to flee from the village for fear of the unknown.

Source: Cameroon News Agency

Presbyterian University, Ghana to begin PhD Programmes

The Presbyterian University, Ghana (PUG) is to begin PhD programme in Development and Management this year.

Professor Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, President of the University announced this at the 5th Congregation of the School of Graduate Studies at Akropong, where 313 students graduated in various Masters’ level programmes.

The PUG has received indication from the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission to grant accreditation to run PhD in Development and Management and an MBA in Human Resource Management and Development following inspection of the school’s facilities.

Other programmes under various stages of development and accreditation include PhD in Leadership and Management, a Master of Science in Nursing, a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies, an MBA in Project Development, and a Master of Science in Information Communication Technology.

Prof. Oduro Owusu said the graduate studies was very crucial and the need to support developmental research that focuses on offering timely and relevant solutions to the many problems facing the country called for providing real-time, goal-oriented tactics for technological advancement.

‘It is in the light of this that we have introduced the ‘The Project in Mind, Product in Hand Concept’ to ensure that our students enroll with a project in mind and graduate with a product in hand.’ he said.

The President reminded the graduands that having gone through the rigorous study and requirements of the academic programme, what was left was to pay critical attention to issues of integrity, selflessness, emotional intelligence, and hard work to be successful in all endeavors.

Right Reverend Professor JOY Mante, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, and Chancellor of the University, called on the graduands to make a difference in society by exhibiting the high moral standards and discipline associated with every level of Presbyterian training.

‘Hard work and discipline are the hallmarks of the proverbial Presbyterian discipline, and we expect nothing short of that from you, who have gone through rigorous academic work to attain these degrees to serve as examples everywhere you find yourself and don’t belittle your Masters degree.’

The Moderator indicated that the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG) was working hard to add on to the infrastructure of the university and the programmes to become a center of

excellence churning out hardworking people with high integrity to advance national development.

In all, the 313 graduands comprising of 185 males and 128 females received certificates in Master of Arts in International Development Studies, Master of Science in Environmental Health and Sanitation, Master of Science in Natural Resources Management.

The others were the Master of Science in financial Risk Management, Master of Public Health, and Master of Education in Educational Studies.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Inclusion Ghana advocates education system that embraces persons with intellectual disabilities

Inclusion Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation, is advocating equal opportunities for and inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities in Ghana’s educational system.

It has, therefore, called for the elimination of factors denying such people access to education.

It wants stakeholders to work together to protect the inalienable rights of children with such conditions to education to collectively build an inclusive society.

Mr Kofi Tibuahson, the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator of Inclusion Ghana, said progress had been made through advocacy, but more could be done to address the exclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities from the education system.

He was speaking at a stakeholder’s evaluation meeting to assess a three-year project implemented in the Bekwai Municipality as part of an exit exercise in all beneficiary districts.

The project, dubbed: ‘Promoting Inclusion in Ghana from District to National,’ was implemented in six main districts and six other adjoining districts to raise awareness about the rights of persons with intellectual disabilities.

With funding from the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) through the Danish Disability Fund, Parents Self-Help Groups (PSHGs) were formed at zonal and district levels.

The PSHGs, Mr. Tibuahson said, were empowered to mobilise resources to support their livelihoods to be able to take care of children with intellectual disabilities who were their dependants.

Other stakeholders such as heads of schools, teachers, assembly members, as well as duty bearers in the Local Government and Education Directorate, were also engaged as part of the project implementation.

The goal was to push for the inclusion of persons with intellectual disabilities in all forms of social services, especially education.

Most of such children in the project districts, Mr Tibuahson noted, were developing the confidence and interest to participate in school and community activities, adding that parents who used to hide their children were also departing from those acts.

Madam Aba Oppong, the Executive Director of Rights and Responsibilities Initiatives Ghana, local partners of Inclusion Ghana, said the Sustainable Development Goal- Four ensured inclusive and equitable quality education and promoted lifelong learning opportunities for all.

She called on key duty bearers in health, education, and social protection to ensure all the policy requirements regarding those social services for persons with autism, cerebral palsy, and down syndrome were well taken care of.

‘They should be allowed into schools if their assessments require that they go to school, otherwise their parents and guardians should be supported to take care of them,’ she added.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Minister tours Girls-in-ICT Programme training centres at West Gonja

Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, as part of activities for the Girls-in-ICT programme, has toured four training centres in the West Gonja Municipality of the Savannah Region.

The tour was to enable the Minister to witness and assess the ongoing training for girls on ICT skills.

The training centres toured were Cathedral Junior High School (JHS), St Anne’s JHS, and Yagbon JHS located in Damongo and Busunu JHS.

On April 25, this year, as part of the Girls-in-ICT programme, the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation started training 1,000 girls from all the districts in the Savannah Region on ICT skills to expose them to the basics of computing and coding.

To facilitate the exercise, a total of 100 teachers had been trained as trainers to train the beneficiary girls, who were divided into two batches.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful, briefing journalists in Damongo on Friday while touring the training centres, said ‘I am very impressed with the quality of instruction that

they have been given in the last four days. Some said they had never seen or touched a computer before. Now they are creating their own games. They can create their own word documents and do other things with the computer.’

She said ‘Tomorrow, this second batch will have an exam. The first batch has already done their exam. So, the best 100 girls will be the top performers, who will be awarded prizes of their own laptops.’

She spoke about the rationale for undertaking the programme in the region saying ‘We decided that we will go round all the newly created regions even though we have already been to the old Northern Region but we will go round all the newly created regions. So, we did the three Bono Regions last year. We have already done Oti, Western North, and North East. So, it is left with Savannah and the Northern Regions, and we are here in Savannah Region this week to do the Girls-in-ICT training.’

She said ‘The theme for this year’s celebration is: ‘Digital Skills for Life’, and it is being celebrated globally, and we do not just have a day’s celebration; we had two weeks of instruction for the girls; we trained teachers, we provide the top 20 schools with computer laboratories so that they can continue learning, we give the top 100 performers their own laptops so that they can continue learning and get better so that even after the programme ends, they can continue building on the introductory skills that we have given them and utilise it in their studies and beyond, which is what we mean by digital skills for life.’

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful told the beneficiary girls that the skills they were acquiring now would be relevant for them no matter where they found themselves in life adding ‘The reason we are focusing on girls is to narrow the gender digital divide; fewer girls utilise or have computer skills or use them than boys do. So, we want to demystify it; introduce them to it and let them know that they can also do it, and the response I have had today so far is fantastic, and I am confident that no matter where they find themselves in life, they can compete with their peers and come out very favourably.’

She said ‘I am looking forward to Monday when we will have the mentorship day; we will bring female ICT professionals from various fields of endevour to talk to the girls about their own experiences and encourage them and let them see that the skills they are acquiring today, they can utilise them in the world of work tomorrow so that they can also consider choosing ICT careers instead of or in addition to more traditional careers that they are exposed to.’

Source: Ghana News Agency