‘I’m ready to play for Ghana’ – Wendy Shay’s brother opens up on international career

A German – born Ghanaian footballer, Andrew Yaw Addo has disclosed his interest and readiness to play for Ghana ahead of Germany if given the opportunity.

Addo, a younger brother to RuffTown Records’ artiste Wendy Shay, currently plies his trade in Germany with lower-tier side SV Sandhausen.

The 20-year-old budding talent is eligible to play for Germany and Ghana but has opted for the latter saying he feels more committed to the country of his parents.

He says his immediate target was to be part of the Ghana Olympic team and help the team qualify for the next Olympics – a feat that has eluded Ghana for over two decades.

‘I love my culture and hence want to play for my motherland Ghana. I am ready and looking forward to my first call-up for the U-23 team of Ghana,’ he noted.

‘I dream of winning more laurels with Ghana and wearing the Ghana jersey would be the proudest moment of my career. I have the skill set to compete competitively and help the team achieve all its targets,’ he added.

Addo is regarded as one of the big talents in the Stuttgart area and his development as a footballer is hitting all the right chords at the moment.

Born on January 9, 2003, Addo is a left-footed player who can play as a left-back, left-winger, and right-winger. Addo is quick, tenacious in the tackle, possesses good acceleration, has a good sense of balance, and is also a good crosser of the ball.

Source: Ghana News Agency

ATU inaugurates Electrical Training Centre and TV studio

Accra Technical University (ATU) has inaugurated a Certified Electrical Wiring Programme (CEWP) training centre to deepen the knowledge and skills of participants in the wiring profession and offer improved services to clients.

The University also launched its TV studio to broadcast community and national development programmes upon acquisition of the requisite permits.

Professor Samuel Nii Odai, Vice Chancellor, ATU, speaking at the event in Accra, said the inaugurations fulfilled Section 3(1)(c) of the Technical Universities Act 922, which required technical universities to use a competency-based and practice-oriented approach in teaching, organizing, and delivering courses.

He said the training center and TV studio were to provide practical training to electrical engineering and Public Relations students, respectively, and to the public that would be interested in the short courses.

Prof Odai said, ‘We also promote national development through the services offered by these facilities, where the training center will train and certify qualified electrical wiring professionals in fulfilment of the Ghana Electrical Wiring Regulations 2011 (L.I. 2008).’

‘Parliament of Ghana passed the law on February 24, 2012, to ensure that only appropriately qualified and certified professionals engage in electrical wiring and installation works to well-defined standards that would promote the safety of life and property and prevent electrical fire incidents,’ he added.

The Professor said the facilities provided a multifaceted approach to achieving many of the objectives of the University’s five-year Strategic Plan (2021-2025).

He commended all individuals and groups whose efforts and hard work had culminated in the setup of the two facilities.

Prof Odai also appreciated the support from external partners and collaborators, including the Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana Electrical Contractors Association, Ghana Certified Electrical Wiring Professionals Association, Certified Electrical Wiring Inspectors, the Institute of Public Relations, Ghana and the GH Media School.

He encouraged members of the faculty who would be using the facilities to instruct students to continue to be selfless in their delivery.

‘To the existing students and potential ones, I urge you to take advantage of these facilities to equip yourselves with practical knowledge,’ he said.

Prof Odai advised the electrical engineering students to enrol in the CEWP programme to become certified electrified wiring professionals on completion of their HND and BTech Programmes.

Mr Awal Mohammed, President of the Ghana Electrical Contractors Association, said ATU was becoming the pacesetter in technical skills development in the country.

He charged the ATU to produce qualified electrical wiring inspectors, since Ghana lacked an institution with the requisite expertise to prepare electrical wiring inspectors.

Mr Stephen Edem Bani, Head of Department, Electrical Engineering, ATU, said the center looks forward to training about 300 people annually.

Mr Bani said the examination component’s fee was fixed by the Energy Commission since they organize the exams, but the center was also come out with its fee structure very soon.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stop using verbal, physical attacks in expressing grievances – NPC tells students

The National Peace Council (NPC) has urged students not to resort to the destruction of school property, physical and verbal attacks on teachers, colleagues, and opinion leaders in expressing their grievances.

Mrs Janet Sarney-Kuma, the Director of Capacity Development and Outreach, NPC, said the maintenance of peace was the responsibility of boththe young and old.

‘This is because the youth are mostly the vehicle for the propagation of violence,’ she said, and urged the students to be agents of peace in all endeavours.

Mrs Sarney-Kuma said this when Council engaged students of the Labone Senior High School (SHS) on the theme: ‘Promoting Tolerance and Peaceful Co-Existence in SHSs.’

The programme forms part of the NPC’s Peace Education Campaign in SHSs to consolidate itspeacebuilding efforts.

Mrs Sarney-Kuma said the NPC had planned to create peace clubs in senior high schools to help imbibe the tenants of peacebuilding, management and resolution of conflict in the youth for a peaceful nation.

However, funding was required to create, manage and sustain those clubs, she said, and appealed to corporate institutions to support the Council to achieve that objective.

Madam Adelaide Ama Boye, Headmistress of the School, expressed appreciation to the NPC for the insightful engagement to ensure the students prioritised peace in all activities.

She charged students to promote peaceful coexistence in the schools, homes and communities.

Topics discussed with the students included Alternative Dispute Resolution, Common causes of conflicts, Peaceful Coexistence, and the Staircase Model of Conflict Dynamics.

Source: Ghana News Agency

LASWA donates lifejackets to students

The Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) said it donated lifejackets to students and pupils at Whanyinna School in Makoko area of Lagos in continuation of its safety awareness campaign.

The Head of Public Affairs Unit of Lagos, Miss Wuraola Alake, made this known in a statement in Lagos on Friday.

Alake said that Whanyinna School, located in the coastal area of Makoko Lagos, is owned by Whanyinna Children Foundation, a charity organisation that uses education to combat child labour, illiteracy, malnutrition, crime and health.

She said that Whanyinna School had partnered with Chess in Slums Africa to enroll and educate Out-of-School children.

Alake said that Slums Africa strives to facilitate training and technical support and teach the children how to play chess.

According to her, LASWA officials educate the students on safety precautions, especially how to wear a lifejacket properly.

She said that the students and LASWA team also engaged in an enlightening Chess game while taking a tour of the area.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Ramadan: Al-Habibiyyah, centre educates women on etiquette of prayer

Zayma Islamic Research Centre, an NGO, has admonished Muslim women to uphold the virtues of Salat (prayer) in accordance with the Holy Qur’an and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).

The centre’s National Coordinator, Mrs Shifa’a Garba gave the admonition at a women Ramadan lecture organised by the Al-Habibiyyah Islamic Society, on Saturday in Abuja.

Garba also enjoined muslim women on the need to respect the Islamic values and ensure high sense of modesty during and after the month of Ramadan.

She said that salat was the daily ritual prayer enjoined upon all Muslims as one of the five Pillars of Islam.

Garba said: “Each Salat is preceded by ablution, and prayer is categorised as Salat al-fajr (dawn) al-zuhr (mid day), al-asr (afternoon), al-magrib (sun set) and al-Isha (evening).

“Individual performance of salat is permissible and can be offered in any clean space either at home or at work, while collective worship in the mosque has special merit.

“Completing the five daily prayers as taught by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is an obligation for all Muslims especially women who are home managers.”

She added that the status of Salat in Islam was such a key part of a Muslim’s life, adding, “so much so that one could never be separated from Salat.”

The national coordinator said observance of five daily salat prevents indecency and wickedness, erase sins, as well as serves as a solution to all problems.

Garba said: “Salat leads to bountiful rewards and salat is a means to attain Allah’s love and become closer to Him.”

Also, Mrs Maryam Mohammed, who described the lecture as timely, commended Al-habibiyyah for giving priority to the issue of gender.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lecture was attended by

women from different districts and areas of the nation’s capital.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Group engages police, NBA in fight against GBV

TechHer, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), says it will engage Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the Police to help fight Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country.

The Executive Director, TechHer, Chioma Agwuegbo said this at the launch of Online Gender-Based Violence (OGBV) response website tagged: ‘Kuram’, on Thursday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that TechHer is a platform set up to demystify technology and provide support, learning and collaboration for women in an encouraging and conducive environment.

Agwuegbo said that TechHer involved these organisations to explore every means to get justice for the victims.

She said: “One of the reasons that TechHer has engaged a team of lawyers is to ensure that we can explore very possible means to get justice for our people.

“We are also going to engage the Nigerian Bar Association, we are going to engage the police so that it would be a 360 solution for people who have suffered violence in Nigeria.”

Agwuegbo said that a lot of people do not come out to speak because they fear retribution and the fact that the stories would come out on blogs.

“One of the things we take very seriously is privacy. We are bound by all of the laws, especially in Nigeria that relates to data protection.

“We have a pact with our community that whatever they tell us is stays with us and as a matter of fact it is something we have learnt that sometimes people just report these cases and they do not really want justice.

“They just want to let it out so before we go forward with trying to get justice, we speak with them and it is on the bases of their express consent, which they can withdraw at any time that we can take these matters forward,” she said.

Also, the Executive-Director, DIGICIVIC Initiative, Mojirayo Ogunlana said the organisation would create a compilation of prosecutorial manual to prosecute online violence.

Ogunlana said there would be a prosecutorial manual that would put laws together in order to aid in prosecuting perpetrators.

“Coming from the legal perspective, we are going to create a prosecutorial manual, a document that will flow from a compilation of all the laws in Nigeria that online violence can be prosecuted from.

“When the prosecutorial manual is produced, we will approach some law enforcement agencies and train them on online gender based violence.

“Hoping that they will be able to take it up and prosecute every perpetrator that they fined. We will then be able to link women and girls who are going through online violence.

“We serve a pressure group to the law enforcement agencies and we will do advocacy so that there will be a track record so that we can adress this evil before it becomes infested in our society,” she said.

Similarly; Keurtsing Tchouankea, Programme Officer, Embassy of France, said Cyber bullying affects the society.

Tchouankea said this was a big issue and the embassy was committed to help build this project and tackle the challenges.

She commended TechHer for its resilience in making sure that it comes up with a platform like this. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Embracing the African philosophy of uMunthu to bolster anti-corruption education

Lilongwe, Malawi, 20- 24 February 2023 — In Chichewa, one of the indigenous languages of Malawi, there is an old saying: “Kali kokha nkanyama; ali awiri ndi anthu”. Translated to “No man is an island,” it stems from the African indigenous philosophy of uMunthu and reflects the notion that no single person exists as an isolated individual, but rather as a member of their broader community.

The values of ethics, integrity, altruism and empathy that reinforce uMunthu are also those key values that inspire and shape the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)’s work around primary education. Through its methodology to build a culture of rejection of corruption amongst young people around the world, UNODC’s Global Resource for Anti-Corruption Education and Youth Empowerment initiative, or GRACE, works directly at the intersection between Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 (quality education) and SDG16 (building peace, justice and strong institutions), to foster the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UNODC strongly believes in the progressive change that indigenous philosophies like uMunthu can bring when correctly integrated into formal education systems, while at the same time fostering Pan-Africanism and corruption-free societies.

To advance this, GRACE, the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Malawi (ACB), the Malawi Ministry of Education and the Malawi Institute of Education (MIE), in collaboration with UNDP Malawi, have been working to support the development of primary educational material based on this important African philosophy.

The aim is to create a ‘sourcebook’, i.e. a scripted manual with lesson plans and activities on ethics, integrity, and corruption for teachers to deliver in primary school. By embodying uMunthu values, attitudes and behaviours, the belief is that together it is possible to build just communities where corruption is ultimately rejected.

Ahead of the finalization of this important tool for teachers and the start of trainings in the country, representatives from the partner institutions and the two UN entities held discussions across Malawi. During the dialogues, the perspectives of students, teachers, parents, traditional and religious leaders and civil society were collected on the best way to approach this task and ensure the content is both context-specific and age-appropriate.

“The consultation experience was so enriching and changed the whole perception of the concept of the sourcebook,” noted Catherine Nkhoma, Principal Public Education Officer at the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Malawi and a former teacher herself. “After the consultations, we realized that the material we develop needs to speak to children!”

Over a period of ten days, 180-plus community members, primary school teachers and pupils from Blantyre, Lilongwe, Machinga and Rumphi were consulted.

“We are going to change Malawi. With this, we have an aim to achieve!” said one enthusiastic teacher who was consulted at Henry Henderson Primary School in Blantyre after reading the first unit of the sourcebook.

Currently, all the feedback gathered is being aggregated and will be included in the final sourcebook, which will be used as the foundation to develop a teaching methodology and start training teachers across the country.

Behavioural change is a long-term process, but youth deserve an opportunity to design better futures. As Ms. Nkhoma commented, “While we know corruption is a difficult and cross-sectional problem, we need to start somewhere.”

Source: EMM/ Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Vice-President of Republic holds meeting to implement drinking water project throughout national territory

On Wednesday, H. E. Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue held a meeting at the People’s Palace in Malabo, with ministers from Public Works, Finance, Geproyectos and the Chinese company Gesuba.

Through its policy to provide the Equatoguinean population with modern infrastructure and basic services, the Government is committed to the implementation of the drinking water supply project in Malabo and Bata, and in more than 788 Village Councils.

In 2023, the Government of Equatorial Guinea will work on one of the most ambitious projects in its national policy. The aim is to implement a drinking water adduction network capable of supplying all the neighbourhoods of Malabo and Bata, as well as hundreds of Village Councils.

In order to bring this about, H. E. Nguema Obiang Mangue summoned the heads of the portfolios of Public Works, Finance and Geproyectos to urgently draw up a strategic plan to ensure that the drinking water supply reaches the entire country.

In 2015, the Government of Equatorial Guinea signed a contract with the Chinese company Gesuba for the implementation of the drinking water supply project in the city of Malabo. However, this agreement has not materialised so far.

After being informed regarding the delay in the materialisation of the work, the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers. in his eagerness to ensure the welfare of his compatriots and comply with the slogan of the Government of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea contained in the Horizon 2035 plan, water for all, stressed to Public Works, Geproyectos and the construction company the urgent need to present a fresh project that includes all financial details, as well as to carry out a study in order to determine the true situation regarding each area, so that through this document the Executive can decide as soon as possible on the implementation of this social project.

Nguema Obiang Mangue, who acknowledged that many cities in the country already had a drinking water supply network, insisted that this project must reach the entire national territory, because, he said, development programmes should not only be limited to urban areas, but also extend to rural areas, since all Equatoguineans have the same rights and should enjoy the same opportunities.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government