Tuition free for all undergraduates in Public Universities in Liberia.

President of Liberia,H.E George Weah  today declared a tuition free for all undergraduates in public universities in the country.

He said: "Today, I'm excited to announce that I have declared the University of Liberia and all other Public Universities in Liberia tuition free for all undergraduates".

However, students in public universities in the country  will still be expected to pay other fees associated with registration.

 

African Rising Movement Extends Invitation for Togo Solidarity.

Dear Members of the Civil Society,

I am extending a cordial invitation to you to attend Togo Solidarity Forum to discuss the political situation of Togo and how Pan-African civil society movements and activists in Ghana can support the people of Togo in their quest for democracy.
The event will take on Saturday the 18th of August 2018 at 10.00 am at the Moremi Initiative located at One Cocoa Street, East Legon.

Togo has been under dictatorial rule at the hands of the Gnassingbe family since 1967, making it the oldest military regime in Africa. Eyadema, notorious as one of Africa’s most brutal dictators ruled until his death in 2005 and was succeeded by his son Faure Gnassingbe, who, despite losing the public vote that same year, came to power by military force in the bloodiest presidential election in Togo’s history which left at least 500 people dead according to the United Nations.

Since then Faure Gnassingbe has run in the 2010 and 2015 elections and continues to run a violent and oppressive regime. He is the only president in the ECOWAS region to serve a third term, and so violates the 1992 constitution, which encompasses term limits and two-round elections.

On August 19th, 2018, following the call of the PNP party to protest for the reinstatement of the 1992 constitution which encompasses term limits, the people of Togo have embarked on a revolutionary struggle to demand the end of dictatorship in Togo. Exactly a year from that uprising, the Africans Rising movement is inviting all members of the civil society in Ghana to join a solidarity form to engage the citizens on Togo on ways Africans can support their struggle for democracy and justice.
Despite the geographical and demographic proximity and historic ties between the two countries, Ghanaian media, political and civic leaders are often unaware of the dire political situation of Togo. The event will foster effective networking and collaboration between Togolese and Ghanaian activist for a shared experience that can support the plight of the Togolese people.

I look forward to having you in the audience. Feel free to contact me if you have any question. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP at farida@africans-rising.org or 057-029-1481.

We will truly appreciate if you can join us as this event is global effort to raise awareness on the first anniversary of Togo uprising.

Sincerely,
Farida Bemba Nabourema,
Engagement & Collaboration Coordinator

African Rising Movement Extends Invitation for Togo Solidarity.

Dear Members of the Civil Society,

I am extending a cordial invitation to you to attend Togo Solidarity Forum to discuss the political situation of Togo and how Pan-African civil society movements and activists in Ghana can support the people of Togo in their quest for democracy.
The event will take on Saturday the 18th of August 2018 at 10.00 am at the Moremi Initiative located at One Cocoa Street, East Legon.

Togo has been under dictatorial rule at the hands of the Gnassingbe family since 1967, making it the oldest military regime in Africa. Eyadema, notorious as one of Africa’s most brutal dictators ruled until his death in 2005 and was succeeded by his son Faure Gnassingbe, who, despite losing the public vote that same year, came to power by military force in the bloodiest presidential election in Togo’s history which left at least 500 people dead according to the United Nations.

Since then Faure Gnassingbe has run in the 2010 and 2015 elections and continues to run a violent and oppressive regime. He is the only president in the ECOWAS region to serve a third term, and so violates the 1992 constitution, which encompasses term limits and two-round elections.

On August 19th, 2018, following the call of the PNP party to protest for the reinstatement of the 1992 constitution which encompasses term limits, the people of Togo have embarked on a revolutionary struggle to demand the end of dictatorship in Togo. Exactly a year from that uprising, the Africans Rising movement is inviting all members of the civil society in Ghana to join a solidarity form to engage the citizens on Togo on ways Africans can support their struggle for democracy and justice.
Despite the geographical and demographic proximity and historic ties between the two countries, Ghanaian media, political and civic leaders are often unaware of the dire political situation of Togo. The event will foster effective networking and collaboration between Togolese and Ghanaian activist for a shared experience that can support the plight of the Togolese people.

I look forward to having you in the audience. Feel free to contact me if you have any question. To confirm your attendance, please RSVP at farida@africans-rising.org or 057-029-1481.

We will truly appreciate if you can join us as this event is global effort to raise awareness on the first anniversary of Togo uprising.

Sincerely,
Farida Bemba Nabourema,
Engagement & Collaboration Coordinator

Zimbabwe Parliament to summon Mugabe in diamond mining probe

Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe is expected to soon face tough questions from some of the country’s lawmakers.

The Mines and Energy Committee of the Zimbabwean parliament is set to summon the former leader to testify in a probe into lost revenue from diamond mining.
It will be the first time Mugabe will be expected to account for his actions during his near four-decade rule of the country before being ousted in a military take over last November.

Mugabe whose administration was accused of siphoning diamond profits is expected to answer questions relating to his 2016 claim that Zimbabwe had lost $15 billion in income from diamond mining due to corruption and foreign exploitation.
Chairperson of the Zimbabwean parliamentary committee on Mines and Energy, Temba Mliswa told the AFP news agency the committee wants to find out from Mugabe “where he was getting the $15 billion figure (from)” since he was president at the time.

Mliswa also told the South African news portal Mail and Guardian that “he is not being prosecuted. We are just going to get oral evidence from him on the time he was President.”

Although no date has been set for Robert Mugabe to testify, it is unclear if the 94-year-old former leader will be forced to face grilling from the lawmakers.
The Committee has meanwhile summoned former ministers, ex-police chiefs and heads of several government departments over the matter.

Zimbabwe’s vast diamond wealth has been largely squandered through mismanagement and corruption.
International NGO, Global Witness, last year in a report accused Zimbabwean leaders of diverting profits from diamond mining for years to fund the crackdown on their political opponents.
The NGO also indicated that the Zimbabwean secret service has quietly held shares in a company that mines diamonds in the Marange mine.

Source: africanews.com

Ghana and Nigerian Actress Valerie Austine passes Away at the age of 21

Valerie Chidima Austin, a 21 year old Actress cum Singer who starred in the popular Tanganyika and Vow of Silence movies produced by Solomon Busumtwi-Sam of Tango One Films has passed on.

The Actress fell unconscious yesterday (5th April, 2018) at her Beach Road residence and was rushed to the Takoradi Hospital. She was later referred to the Cape Coast Regional Hospital where she passed on this dawn (6th April, 2018). “She was on life support when she was being sent to Cape Coast Hospital” a close friend of Valerie told www.newstandgh.com.

Valerie is the first child of Philadelphia Austin popularly known as Tanganyika who is the star Actress in Tanganyika and Vow of Silence movies.

Akufo-Addo will speak on Ghana-US military deal this week – Kweku Baako

President Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to speak on the controversial Ghana-US defence cooperation agreement within this week, Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Abdul Malik Kweku Baako Jnr has revealed.

According to Mr Baako, President Akufo-Addo has finally decided speak on the issue in order to put the matter to rest and he [Akufo-Addo] has selected this week to do so.

"There is this talk that the President must speak. Last week the President took a decision to speak on the matter this week. Let’s hear him and when we do, we have more to discuss,” he disclosed on Asempa FM's Ekosii Sen on Tuesday.

The veteran journalist was made the revelation while reacting to NDC MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa's recent call for government to renegotiate the Ghana-US defence cooperation agreement that has received widespread criticism from the public.

The high-handed and dramatic arrest of Koku Anyidoho and the change of name of the Flagstaff House to Jubilee House have so far not worked according to plan as the government tries to divert attention from the matter," the North Tongu MP stated.

But Mr Baako expressed optimism that the matter [US military deal] will be put to rest after President Akufo-Addo's address.

In an open letter, Mr. Ablakwa said the President’s silence on the matter was unlike him as he is known to be very vocal.

Vice Chancellor of UEW will likely earn a much longer company with Abuga Pele

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Pleading guilty or accepting that one is at fault at the earlier stages of a trial, in some instances, usually attracts a lesser punishment or sentence.

Even though the current litigation in the law courts involving the legally interdicted VC of UEW ('Fool Professor' Avoke), and others haven't blossomed into a criminal trial yet, it is foreseeable that at every stage of the case, the interdicted VC will continue to live in his state of denial until a Court of Competent Jurisdiction orders that he joins Abuga Pele and Assibit to compare notes.

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It is incumbent upon the son of the upright peasant farmer, to present the facts and nothing more to my esteemed readers, in order to set the records straight. I must admit that I haven't got any educational qualifications from any institution of learning, just like Kweku Baako Jnr having no qualifications as a Journalist, but who nonetheless, has risen to become one of the most respected and decorated Journalists in Ghana. Kweku Baako Jnr, you are not alone ooh!

In an article by Prof. Kweku Sofoh (one of the pseudo names used by the interdicted VC of UEW), he asserted: "I, however, know that consultants are not hired to evaluate any procurement activity as the lawyer mentioned". Have I ever told anyone that I am a "lawyer"? Point of correction, I have never set foot in a classroom!

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In the wildest dreams of the interdicted VC and his scoundrels, they are the only persons qualified to hold public office in Ghana, which I honestly agree with. This is why 'Fool Professor' Avoke, is still the interdicted VC of UEW. There is no question about that.

The attached approval to carry out an evaluation, authorised by the interdicted VC, included a Consultant (Ms. Susan Djokoto), a staff of Procurement & Project Management Consultancy (PPMC).

The same approval document dated 11th August, 2016, went further to appoint the interdicted FO (Theophilus Senyo Ackorlie) and the retired Registrar (C.Y. Akwaa-Mensah), as advisors to the Committee, with the interdicted Head of Procurement (Ms. Mary Dzimey), as supervisor.

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Prof. Kweku Sofoh, or whatever, have you seen your stupidity and ignorance being slapped on your chimpanzee-like face? Your baseless claim that Consultants have no role to play in Procurement, only goes further to expose the state of denial 'Fool Professor' Avoke is living in. If this is the caliber of individual, who at the least opportunity, jumps to shout from every rooftop that he hasn't done anything wrong during his 'stewardship' of UEW as VC, it only points in one direction; more time to fraternise with Abuga Pele!

Procurement & Project Management Consultancy (PPMC), was the Consultancy firm engaged by UEW to evaluate all the contentious contracts, whose report, NOT MY REPORT, concluded that Proteus Ltd, and all the other contractors the interdicted VC awarded almost all the said contracts to, were not qualified.

Section 22 (2) of Act 663 as amended, provides that: "The procurement entity may require tenderers to provide appropriate documentary evidence or other information that it considers useful to satisfy itself that the tenderers are qualified in accordance with the criteria referred to in subsection (1)".

The criteria in subsection (1) include: Professional and technical qualifications and competence; financial resources; equipment and other physical facilities; managerial capability, reliability, experience in the procurement object and reputation; and the personnel to perform the procurement contract.

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The Consultants, Procurement & Project Management Consultancy (PPMC), of P. O. Box AF 1701, Adenta, Accra, after examining the bids of all the tenderers for the construction of the Lecturers' Office Complex at the north campus, disqualified all the six (6) tenderers.

All the tenderers failed to meet the set criteria in subsection (1) of Act 663 as amended, as captured in the Tender Documents.

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The tenderers are: Sparkx (SM) Ghana Ltd, Ghc 13,276,721.52; Donajos Co. Ltd, Ghc 16,974,650.50; Wilkado Construction Co. Ltd, Ghc 19,807,292.95; Paabadu Construction Ltd, 20,989,507.62; Western Logistics, Construction & Supplies Ltd, Ghc 18,685,019.64; and Antarctic Contract Works Ltd, Ghc 19,315,468.16. All disqualified!!

The Consultants (PPMC), per the provisions of Act 663, duly recommended that the said contract, be re-advertised.

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However, this was fragrantly ignored by the interdicted VC. He went ahead in clear breach of Act 663 to award that particular contract to Sparkx (SM) Ghana Ltd. See attached for reasons why Sparkx (SM) Gh Ltd was disqualified.

​Nana Addo in Togo to mediate in political crisis

President Nana Akuffo-Addo is currently in Togo to hold talks with all relevant stakeholders in the ongoing political crisis in that country.
He will be meeting his Togolese counterpart, Faure Gnassingbe, and leaders of the main opposition parties pushing for the President’s resignation.

Togo, in recent times, has witnessed a series of protests by opposition parties who are calling for a return to the country’s constitution which imposes limits on presidential terms.

The President’s visit comes days after General Secretary for the People’s National Convention [PNC], Bernard Mornah, had expressed concerns over President Nana Addo’s seeming silence over the political crisis in that country.

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‘26 Togolese nationals arrested’

In October 2017, 26 Togolese nationals were arrested in Ghana for attempting to stage an unlawful demonstration over the political situation in their country.

According to the Accra Regional Police Operations Officer, Chief Superintendent Kwasi Ofori, about 300 Togolese had to be dispersed lawfully at the Kawukudi Park because their intended action was in clear breach of Ghana’s public order act.

That was the second time Togolese in Ghana had tried demonstrating in solidarity with efforts back home by the opposition to have presidential term limits.

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‘We’ll bring political crisis to an end’

The agitation has led to a public outcry, with some persons including the MP for North-Tongu and former Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, calling on the President of Ghana to intervene.

President Akufo-Addo, in response to these concerns had stated that his administration has been working behind closed-doors in an attempt to bring the political crisis to a closure.

The President had said his government was in talks with Togolese officials to address the crisis in that country.

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“The events that have taken place next door in Togo, are disturbing for all of us and especially for you, I know what it means. I remember vividly in 2005 when the former President Eyadema died, there were problems over the succession. Over 100,000 refugees stringed across the border. Many of them I think are still there. They have not gone back to Togo, so I know that anything that happens in Togo is a matter of very great concern and it is a concern to me and the people of Ghana.

“The Togolese President came to see me in Tamale ten days ago, and we are talking to see how we can bring this crisis to a closure and bring stability back to Togo. It is in our interest to do so. The appeal we are making are falling on very sympathetic ears. I am not staying idle on this matter . We are acting. Let us pray for the blessing of the Almighty, and we can find a solution that will be in the interest of the people of Togo and by implication the people of Ghana,” the President said.

Closed door meeting

In October 2017, President Nana Addo held a closed door meeting with Gnassingbe over the development in Togo.

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The President had at the time revealed that the meeting was aimed at bringing the crisis to an end.

Source: citifmonline.com

​Mo Ibrahim prize: Liberia’s Sirleaf wins African leadership prize

Mrs Sirleaf is the first woman Ibrahim Laureate

Liberia's ex-president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has won the $5m (£3.6m) Mo Ibrahim prize for African Leadership.

Mrs Sirleaf, who stepped down last month, became Africa's first elected female president in 2006.

She was praised for her work rebuilding the nation after civil war and leading a process of reconciliation.

The prize committee admitted that while Ms Sirleaf was accused of tolerating corruption, she had shown exceptional leadership in difficult circumstances.

It added that Liberia was the only country out of 54 to improve in every category and sub-category of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance.

Mrs Sirleaf served two terms as president, but could not run again in recent polls, which were won by former footballer George Weah.

Her own party has expelled her, alleging she had campaigned for Mr Weah rather than her party's candidate.

The legacy of Africa's first elected female president

She is the fifth recipient of the prize since 2007, which celebrates African leaders who governed well, raised living standards and then left office.

The $5m prize is spread over 10 years and is followed by $200,000 a year for life.

But it is not always awarded. On six occasions, no leader was considered worthy of it.

Mo Ibrahim prize timeline:

2007: Mozambique's former President Joaquim Chissano

2008: Botswana's former President Festus Mogae

2009: No award given

2010: No award given

2011: Cape Verde's former President Pedro Verona Pires

2012: No award given

2013: No award given

2014: Namibia's former President Hifikipunye Pohamba

2015: No award given

2016: No award given

Source: BBC.com

Strange snake in Nigeria swallows N36 million cash in JAMB office.

The snake was reportedly used by the sales clerk to spiritually steal money from the JAMB account
A mystery snake is said to have sneaked into the accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, in Makurdi, the Benue State capital and made away with N36 million cash.

Before now, JAMB candidates purchased scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centers, to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to check their admission status but the reforms introduced by JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, recommended an end to the use of scratch cards.

A team of auditors was dispatched to different state offices of JAMB to take inventory of the sold and unsold scratch cards and recover whatever money that might have either been generated or mismanaged during the period of the sale of scratch cards.

On their visit to Makurdi office of JAMB, a sales clerk, Philomina Chieshe, told JAMB registrar and his team that she could not account for N36 million she made in previous years before the abolition of scratch cards.

In the course of interrogation, Philomena confessed that it was her housemaid that connived with another JAMB staff, Joan Asen, to “spiritually” steal the money from the vault in the accounts office.

She said: “I was one of the four sales clerks attached to JAMB office in Makurdi. My responsibility was to sell scratch cards to candidates and not involved in handling the revenues. It was the responsibility of Joan Asen and my other senior colleagues. I only remit money when am done selling the cards.

“Few months ago, there was issue of fraud in the Makurdi office. Auditors were sent from Abuja to carefully flip the record books of the office, to perhaps, ascertain the current state of affairs.

“The state Coordinator, Obilo, was not around when the audit team came. But in the course of the audit, N36 million was discovered to have been missing from the account. An investigation was launched. In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that Joan Asen, who is account staff and a lady outside JAMB have connived to steal the money.”

Philomina in her confessional statement said that Joan Asen and her accomplices confessed that they have been stealing the money “spiritually” through a mysterious snake that always sneak into the office to swallow the money from the vault.

According to her “It was a mystery to me too. I have been saving the money in the bank, but I found it difficult to account for it. So I started saving it in a vault in the office. But each time I open the vault, I will find nothing. I became worried and surprised how the millions of Naira could be disappearing from the vault. I began to interrogate everybody in the house and office, and no one could agree on what might have happened to the money. I continued to press until my housemaid confessed. She said that the money disappeared “spiritually”.

She said that a “mysterious snake” sneaked into the house and swallowed the money in the vault"

Source: myjoyonline.com