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•Clemence Jackson Honyenuga

• Dr Kelvin TackieTeikoTsuru II

•The official

opening of the

borehole

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Covid-19 Trust Fund

receives over GH¢44 Million

BY WILBERFORCE ASARE

THE COVID-19 National

Trust Fund set up by the government

to receive donations

from institutions and individuals

in the country to augment

the efforts of the state in the fight against

the spread of Covid-19 in Ghana, has so

far received about GH¢44, 900,000.00 in

donations since it was established by an

Act of Parliament (Act 1013).

The Chairperson of the Fund made the

disclosure when she addressed a brief ceremony

held at the forecourt of the offices

of the Fund at the Jubilee House, Point

Six, to release 12 vehicles donated to the

Fund to treatment centres and testing laboratories

which are at the forefront of the

country's fight against the Covid-19.

Chairperson of fund

Retired Lady Chief Justice Sophia

Akuffo stated that the trust had so far received

GH¢44,900,000.00 in donations and

that the Board of Trustees would ensure

the transparent use of same.

She urged the general public to respect

and adhere to all the social distancing and

prevention protocols announced by the

Ghana Health Service in order to ensure

that “we protect each other as a people.

"We are happy to announce that the

Fund has so far, in addition to generous

gifts in kind, the details of which we’re

more than willing to share with any interested

person, received an amount of GH¢

• Lady Chief Justice (Rtd) Sophia Akuffo

• Some of the donated vehicles for the Covid-19 Trust Fund

44,900,000.00). The Board of Trustees will

ensure the judicious and transparent application

of all monies and other resources

received for their intended purposes."

Request for vehicles

Justice Akuffo further called on other

automobile companies in Ghana to donate

more four wheeled vehicles to the Fund in

order to support its planned agenda to furnish

all regional hospitals with ‘4X4 cars.’

Minister in charge of SIGA

Minister of State in charge of State Interest

and Governance Authority, Kwaku

Afriyie, in his welcome remarks, urged the

receiving institutions to use the vehicles effectively

to support the country's battle

against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vehicles

The vehicles presented were 10 Cobalt

LTZ Chevrolet Cruize saloon cars, one

Mitsubishi L200 pick up and one NP 300

Hardbody Nissan pick-up.

Receiving institutions

The list of receiving institutions and

centres mentions Zinal Public Health Isolation

Centre Laboratory (ZPHL), Kumasi

Centre for Collaborative Research, Central

Care Management Team, University of

Health and Allied Sciences, Covid-19 Testing

Centre and the Pentecost Convention

Hospital Isolation Centre.

The rest are the Tamale National Public

Health Laboratory, University of Ghana

Medical Centre, LEKMA Hospital, Kumasi

South Regional Hospital, Veterinary

Division Laboratory, National Public

Health Reference Laboratory (NPHRL)

Korle-Bu and the Tema General Hospital.

Community gets borehole

• Stops drinking from bilharzia-infected river

RESIDENTS OF Baware, a farming

community in the Okere District

of the Eastern Region, now

have a GH₡90,000.00 mechanised

borehole facility automated to

pump and store water half a kilometer

to a basic school in the community.

The borehole is part of the

Rural Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

(RWASH) project being implemented

in 36 communities in

Eastern,Central and Volta regions

by Plan International Ghana.

The intervention by the nongovernmental

organisation has

come at a time access to safe water

supply to keep personal hygiene in

the wake of coronavirus pandemic


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I’m sorry

BY PHILIP ANTOH

philip.antoh@dailyheritage.com.gh

ASUPREME Court Justice

nominee, Clemence Jackson

Honyenuga, has apologised

for openly

endorsing President Nana

Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ahead of

the 2020 general election.

Justice Honyenuga came under serious

criticism for singing the praise of

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-

Addo during a durbar of chiefs and

people of the Afadjato South District

in the Volta Region in February 2020.

Justice Honyenuga, the Paramount

Chief of the Nyagbo Traditional Area,

at the durbar, reportedly said “with the

vision of the President and the gains

made in his first term, Ghanaians may

consider giving him another four

years.”

Appearing before Parliament’s Appointments

Committee yesterday, Justice

Honyenuga explained that the

remarks were not necessarily to endorse

the President but to wish him

well.

• Supreme Court judge

nominee apologises

• After being accused of

endorsing President

• Clemence Jackson Honyenuga

“In reading that statement, we didn’t intend

endorsing the President. Our understanding

was that we were wishing him

well…

If out of political dissatisfaction some

people are unhappy with whatever I am

supposed to have said then, I am sorry,” he

said.

Volta NDC reaction then

The National Democratic Congress

(NDC) Volta Regional Secretariat, at that

time, lambasted Justice Honyenuga for endorsing

the candidature of President

Akufo-Addo.

The Secretariat, in a statement signed

by the Volta Regional Chairman, Henry

Kwadzo Ametefe, said the endorsement

violates the judicial code of conduct.

“While taking due cognizance of the

fact that Justice Honyenuga may have

made those comments in his capacity as a

traditional ruler, it is reprehensible and regrettable,

especially for a man who is supposed

to know our laws better than any

ordinary man and to uphold and respect

same.”

“Not only is this conduct by the Appeals

Court Judge a blatant violation of

the Judicial Code of Conduct but it very

well sins against the very sanctity of the institution

of Judiciary as we know it.”

The Secretariat also called on the Judicial

Council and the General Legal Council,

the Chairman of which is the Chief

Justice himself, to take judicial notice of

his actions and “take appropriate action.”

Ga Traditional Council picks new Ga Mantse

BY MUNTALLA INUSAH

captainmut@yahoo.com

THE GA Traditional Council

and its relevant authorities have

held a ceremony in Accra to

make Dr Kelvin Tackie Teiko

Tsuru II the new Ga King.

King Teiko Tsuru's introduction

marked the end of the

process for the installation of a

new Ga Mantse.

This comes on the back of a

16-year-old dispute among various

factions who had laid claims

to the throne, which claims had

usually ended up in bad blood

among the feuding groups.

The new leader of the Ga

State will rule under the stool

name – King Tackie Teiko

Tsuru II.

In his acceptance remarks, he

called for a united front as the

only measure to forge forward.

He charged all to come on

board as he hoped to have an

open-door administration for

the development of the Ga

State.

The ceremony witnessed by

the DAILY HERITAGE's

Muntalla Inusah over the

weekend, was very serene and

peaceful.

Since there was a ban on

social gathering, the attendance

was not more than the

required 25 people allowed by

the President, while all social

distancing protocols were observed.

The Chairperson of the

Justice VCRAC Crabbe Committee

set up by the Gborbu

Wulomo to look into the

Chieftaincy matters, Justice

• Dr Kelvin TackieTeikoTsuru II

Naa Yarley Sarkordie-Mensah

expressed optimism about the

government’s commitment to

supporting the development

process of the area as the laiddown

chieftaincy protocols

had been applied.

“The government’s position

is that once the customs

and usages have been followed

and the people have declared

that ‘this is our king’, we will

work with him and support

him… I think they have done

the right thing and today it’s

been sealed,” she said.


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Stop enhanced contact tracing, focus

on mass testing – Global health expert

•Covid-19 is easily contracted moving around

ASENIOR Research

Fellow at the

Kwame Nkrumah

University of Science

and Technology’s

Global

Health Department is urging

health authorities to stop testing

people through enhanced contact

tracing methods and focus on testing

of the general population.

“We have been looking at

where we expect the cases to be.

Now what happens is that as the

infection spreads, you will not be

able to catch up with the rate of

the spread because the infection

can end up being almost everywhere

and not just being in specific

places,” Dr John Amuasi

explained on the Super Morning

Show, Monday.

The country’s health authorities

have been using enhanced contact

tracing methods to find potential

patients with Covid-19 since the

first two cases were reported in

March.

As of May 10, confirmed cases

were 4,700.

According to the President’s

national address on Sunday, a total

of 160,501 tests had been conducted

nationwide so far through

enhanced contact tracing methods

that had been adopted.

However, Dr Amuasi says that

enhanced contact tracing can no

longer be a method reliable

enough to keep up with the virus.

He explained that this is because

people are more likely to get

infected from moving around

rather than catching the virus from

someone who has been in contact

with another.

“If you go looking for a needle

in a haystack, it’s going to be pretty

hard to find the needle but if you

go looking for a needle in a sewing

box, you will find more than one

needle most likely.

“So this is why I say the number

of cases we have presently

should not be alarming because

we’ve been looking for needles in

the sewing box.

“We are at this juncture where

we need to wrap that and move to

mass testing because the strategy

of chasing to see where people

who are infected are and who they

could have had contact with cannot

hold any longer, given the rate

of spread that we anticipated,” Dr

Amuasi added.

He further explained that because

mass testing was not the

norm now, an actual rate of spread

could not be determined.

“We are not conducting a fixed

number of tests daily; we are not

testing in the general population

and therefore we cannot assess

with measure our actual rate of

spread.

“What we have now is the picture

of people who we expect to

have been exposed [to the virus]

and that is why we have such a

high number of people.”

“By the end of this week or

early next week, if we do not shift

our gears, we could end up in a situation

where we can no longer

catch up and this is worrying,” the

researcher added.

Article

Data used

BY ESTHER JOHNSON AIDOO

IN THIS modern day, journalism

has been doing massively

well concerning news

dissemination in the society.

Aside informing, the journalist's

mandate includes educating

and entertaining. The aspect

of journalism which has promoted

the profession is data journalism.

Data journalism is the use of text,

number, videos and audio in journalism

to uncover, better explain

or provide context to a news story.

in news must be simplified

Data journalism is not a preserve

of this modern age. It was

used as far back as in the nineteenth

century. At that time, the

streets of New York City proved

to be the perfect incubator for

cholera. The disease started from

1832 and 3000 people died within

few weeks. By 1849 about 5000

deaths had been recorded.

To show that the disease was

rampant that year, the New York

Tribune published a chat that compared

weekly cholera deaths to

total weekly deaths. This comparison

helped readers to know and

understand the havoc caused by

the disease. It also helped to understand

that actually cholera

deaths began to rise in June 1849.

In Ghana, data journalism is

used by almost all media houses

and journalists, but come to think

of it, do the citizens or laymen get

to understand the figures used to

illustrate the news story broadcast?

People are mostly interested in

news such as conflict, breaking

news, odd news and some aspects

of the figures but as to how those

figures came about, they seem not

to care about just because they are

not used to the statistical or numeric

data.

Data journalism, maybe, feed

only the literate class.

Way forward

Since it is the core mandate of

journalists to disseminate information

to the public for everyone,

both literates and illiterates, they

need to explain the data or numerical

aspect of the news. For instance

80% of the people in Osu

in Accra lack toilet facilities in their

homes. Also, public education on

the benefit of data journalism

should spread especially to the illiterates.

Lastly, journalists and students

of journalism should learn to appreciate

data journalism, learn and

use it appropriately for credibility.

In sum, data journalism is a

quicker and easier way of presenting

complex facts and figures to

the audience or view. It has to

serve both the literates and the illiterates.

Thus, it is very important

that journalists and journalism students

acquire the skills of appropriately

using data in their line of

work.

The writer is a Level 300

Journalism Student of the

Ghana Institute of Journalism


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Western Region schools get turn

of fumigation, disinfection

•Officials of Zoomlion conducting the disinfection and fumigation exercise

AMASSIVE disinfection

exercise meant to kill

bedbugs and other insects,

as well as bacterial,

virus, reptiles and

rodents, is currently

ongoing in all senior high, vocational

and special schools in the Western and

Western North regions.

The Ghana Education Service and

the Ministry of Education engaged

Zoomlion Ghana Limited to provide

specialised disinfestation and disinfection

exercise for all second circle (public

and private) schools across Ghana.

On the first day, schools in the

Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolis, including

the Ahantaman Girls', Archbishop

Porter's Girls, Adeamra , St. John's,

Fijai and Bompe Senior High and Diabene

Secondary Technical schools,

had their compounds, dormitories,

classrooms, dining halls, administration

blocks, staff common rooms, assembly

halls, security gates and and

other places fumigated and disinfected

successfully.

At the Ahantaman Girl's Senior

High School, the Headmistress, Ms

Ernestina Kankam, expressed gratitude

to the Director General and all

authorities of the Ghana Education

Service and the Minister of Education

for considering the challenges the students

and the school administrations

faced and, subsequently the commitment

of coming in to augment their

individual efforts to ameliorate their

situation.

She underscored the need for the

authorities to consistently ensure that

bedbugs, rodents and insects were expelled,

if not destroyed, for the

schools to experience a conducive environment

for academic work.

She said she was impressed by the

work Zoomlion Ghana had done in

Ahantaman and told the workers to

continue to open their

hearts and work for

mother Ghana in the

wake of the novel Coronavirus

pandemic.

Miss Kankam said her

school, in spite of their

inadequate funding, still

managed to disinfect the

school to give the students

incident free terms

for academic activity.

In a similar development,

the Headmistress

of Archbishop Porters

Girls' Senior High

School, Mrs Charlotte

Asiedu Musah, praised

the GES and the Education

Ministry for the innovation

and concern

shown to the staff and students of all

second circle schools.

She appealed to the authorities to

have the schools periodically fumigated

for the safety of staff and students

of the schools.

Mrs Musah expressed appreciation

for the zealous commitment that

Zoomlion workers had shown in the

work and prayed that the company

would grow into a multinational, recounting

the corporate social responsibility

services it had recently done

for the university community in

Ghana.

The General Manager of Zoomlion/Western

Waste Limited, Alhaji

Abdallah Abdulai, explained that the

chemical called Inesfly was used, targeting

insects and rodents while the

chlorine solution was to destroy all

viruses and bacteria, including the

Coronavirus, on the school campuses.

He said he was optimistic that

given the fact that schools had been

closed, the chemical would be allowed

to function properly before the students

would return, thus making it

safe for them to stay there..

On the second day, schools such as

Sekondi College, Takoradi Vocational,

Twin City Special, Catholic Special,

Catholic Vocational, Methodist and

Sekondi Senior High schools were fumigated

and disinfected.

The team was scheduled to attend

to other schools in the Western and

Western North regions from Sunday

through to this weekend.

Prez extends ban

on public gathering

• As Covid-19 cases rise to 4,700

PRESIDENT AKUFO-ADDO has extended

the ban on public gathering in the

country as confirmed cases of Coronavirus

in Ghana rise to 4,700.

The President, in a Sunday night address,

warned that people who would violate the directive

would be dealt with in accordance

with the law.

“Tonight I have come to your homes to

announce that the ban on public gathering

has been extended to the end of the month,

that is May 31, 2020,” he said.

The extension comes in the wake of reports

that religious leaders were persuading

the President to lift the ban on public gathering.

The President reiterated the order for the

closure of all borders to the country as a

means of containing the spread of the virus

in the country.

•President Nana Akufo-Addo

Meanwhile, confirmed cases of Covid-19

in the Ashanti Region had jumped from 252

to 453 as of Sunday, May 10, 2020, sources at

the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate have

told Starr News.

Starr News understands majority of the

cases were recorded at Obuasi, which has a

total of 261 positive cases.

Similarly, the Western Region has

recorded 14 new cases of Covid-19, raising

the regional figure from 38 to 52 as of Sunday.

The regional tally stood at 38 as of the

last update on Saturday evening.

The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis leads

with 16 positive cases while Tarkwa comes

second with 15 confirmed cases.

So far, 22 people have died of the virus in

Ghana with over 400 having recovered.

La Church of Pentecost,

Qodesh disinfected

.Together with GIS Hqrs, Entrance Pharmaceutical

ZOOMLION GHANA Limited

has disinfected the headquarters of

the Church of Pentecost at La,

Accra, and three other facilities belonging

to the church.

The facilities were Gbawe

Church of Pentecost Pension

House, Tesano Church of Pentecost

Transit Quarters and East

Legon Transit Quarters, — all in

Accra.

The exercise was part of the

corporate social responsibility

(CSR) of the waste management

organisation. It was aimed at fighting

the spread of the coronavirus

which has ravaged the country.

At the La Church of Pentecost,

the Zoomlion spraying team disinfected

the various office, restrooms,

parking lot, and the entire

church compound, including its entrance,

driveways and paths.

Speaking to journalists, the

Caretaker of the Gbawe quarters,

Mr Daniel Annor, indicated that

the church had been embarking on

such an exercise every year except

that this year's exercise had the

added objective of fighting following

the spread of the global pandemic—Covid-19.

According to him, it will help

ensure the safety of visitors since

the venue mostly host a number of

people for conferences and other

activities.

At the Tesano Church of Pentecost

Transit Quarters, the Caretaker

of the facility, Mr Dominic

Awah, said he was hopeful that the

exercise would go a long way to

help the facility, considering the

•Workers of Zoomlion are playing important role in fighting the

Coronavirus and disease-causing creatures

number of patrons who do transits

at the quarters either for meetings

or a sleepover assignment.

He expressed the hope that

being the first of its kind, the

venue would be safe from microorganisms

which may be injurious

to the lives of the users.

The spraying team then went to

the East Legon Transit Quarters

where they disinfected all its facilities.

These included the compound,

offices, restrooms, and balconies.

For his part, the Caretaker of

the East Legon Transit Quarters,

Mr Enock Ennin, noted that

though the exercise was the first of

its kind, there was the need for it to

become a periodic affair.

Also benefiting from Zoomlion’s

disinfection exercise was the

Qodesh Family Church Ghana

headquartered in the North Industrial

Area, Accra.

Assistant Pastor to the Resident

Bishop, The Qodesh Family

Church, Reverend Pius Worlanyo

K. Akator, expressed the church’s

gratitude to Zoomlion for the exercise.

“We want to thank Zoomlion

for this disinfection exercise, and

God bless the company,” Rev Akator

gladly expressed.

Other institutions that benefited

from the exercise were the

headquarters of the Ghana Immigration

Service (GIS) and Entrance

Pharmaceutical, a member of the

Tobinco Group at Spintex, Accra.

Following the Covid-19 pandemic,

Zoomlion has disinfected a

number of tertiary institutions

across the country, state agencies,

and churches among other facilities.

Significantly, this initiative

which is on-going forms part of

the company’s corporate social responsibility.

This initiative is aimed at supporting

the government’s efforts in

containing the coronavirus.


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DAILY HERITAGE TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020

ON APRIL 19, 2020 two civil society organisations,

the Institute of Liberty and

Policy Innovation (ILAPI) Ghana and Citizens

for Change and Accountable Governance

(CCAG), vehemently called on the

Board of the Covid-19 National Trust

Fund which had been established on

March 27, 2020 by President Nana Addo

Dankwa Akufo-Addo by an Act of Parliament

(Act 1013). and given the mandate to

assist in the welfare of the needy and the

vulnerable in the country with particular

reference to the fight against the coronavirus

and, for that matter, ensuring the

good health of these people.

The DAILY HERITAGE stated in

its Editorial of April 20 that it was not

against individuals or organizations calling

for accountability from the Covid-19 National

Trust Fund and any other public organization

or persons put in the position

of trust but the vehemence with which

ILAPI, Ghana and CCAG were calling for

accountability from the Covid-19 fund

board gave the impression that the two organisations

had no goodwill towards the

Editorial

Emulate example of Covid-19 fund Board

board members.

We said definitely some would have to

broach certain conversations and that such

a move should be done on the basis of

goodwill rather than suspicion.

All we were saying then was that we

need to venerate people who agree to take

up national assignments to seek the greater

good of the society rather than begin to

criticise them even before they get settled

in their seats.

We expressed our trust in the board

members, namely the country's immediate

past Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, the

Chairperson, Archbishop Justice Ofei

Akrofi, Mr. Jude Kofi Bucknor, Gifty

Afenyi-Dadzie, Mrs Elsie Addo-Awadzie,

Dr. Ernest Ofori-Sarpong, and Dr Tanko,

with Mr. Collins Asare acting as Secretary

to the Board.

Today, we reiterate that trust and add

that we are happy to hear of good signs of

the accountability some us believed would

come from these board members of integrity.

Yesterday, the Covid-19 National Trust

Fund announced that it had so far received

GH₡44,900,000.00 in donations. Former

Chief Justice Akuffo announced this when

she addressed a brief ceremony held at the

forecourt of the offices of the Fund at the

Jubilee House, Point Six, to release 12 vehicles

donated to the Fund to treatment

centres and testing laboratories which are

at the forefront of the country's fight

against the Covid-19.

Justice Akuffo further called on automobile

companies in Ghana to donate

more four-wheeled vehicles to the Fund in

order to support its planned agenda to furnish

all regional hospitals with ‘4X4 cars.’

Though others may say the announcement

of the amount is not an enough picture

of giving accountability, the DAILY

HERITAGE believes it is a very good

start because Justice Akuffo said something

profound: "We are happy to announce

that the Fund has so far, in

addition to generous gifts in kind, the details

of which we’re more than willing to

share with any interested person, received

an amount of GH₡ 44,900,000.00). The

Board of Trustees will ensure the judicious

and transparent application of all monies

and other resources received for their intended

purposes."

From the above statement, it is clear

that there is no need to speculate or conjecture

about activities of the Fund; its

doors are open to those who have doubts

to approach its board members to seek

clarity and transparency.

Considering the fact that the Fund has

not been in existence for even two months

but the Board has announced how much

money it has received and even begun giving

out vehicles to health facilities is a

pointer to the transparency and accountability

some wanted to see too early in the

life of the nascent Fund.

The example of the Board of the

Covid-19 fund should be emulated by all

public institutions in order for them to win

the trust of the public that has whittled

away because of the devious ways of some

people given the mandate to manage public

institutions and other public facilities.

Community gets borehole

• READ FROM PAGE 2

• Stops drinking from bilharzia-infected river

has become a daily necessity.

In the past, residents of Baware Community

had suffered acute water crisis for a

number of years. The GH₡90,000.00 mechanised

borehole has, therefore, relieved residents

of the stress of walking long distance

to fetch water from the river side since a

borehole provided some years ago had become

dysfunctional.

Schoolchildren in Baware say the water facility

extended to provide uninterrupted

water supply to their school would help in

improving hygiene among pupils when

school resumes.

"At first, when we come to school and we

need water to do something, we have to go

to the riverside to fetch water and by the

time you come back it will be too late, so this

water will help us stay in school, get water to

wash our hands, especially we, the girls, when

we have our menses. And it will also help us

prevent coronavirus when school reopens,”

Ms Esther Minta, a student, told Starr News.

Women in Baware, the worst affected by

the acute water stress situation endured over

the years, are now relieved.

"At first, we didn't get safe water here. We

used to fetch from the river but that river

had bilharzia parasites so it infected our children.

They used to urinate blood so we decided

to get a borehole but for years now it

doesn't function well and we still fetch from

the river so we are happy for the provision of

this water," Ms Florence Budu, a 60 year-old

farmer, said.

The Eastern Regional Manager of Plan

•The completed project

International Ghana, Mr Kofi Adade Debrah,

said the water facility is part of the

RWASH Project but also complementary

support by Plan International Ghana to help

the government contain the spread of coronavirus

pandemic.

"This project also tailors into that because

now the whole campaign is about prevention

in two ways. That is preventing self-contamination

and also ensuring social distancing

and making sure that people don't contaminate

those who don't have the desease.

“We have introduced this water facility

here to promote access to water so people

could wash their hands with soap under

running water so that they can stay clean

and minimize infection."

The DCE for Okere, Daniel Kenneth,

said the interventions by the NGO in the

district was impacting positively on education,

health and economic empowerment

with cumulative effect improvement in

the standard of living of the vulnerable.

"Since I took over, Plan Ghana has

been helpful not only to this community

but also six other communities. The impact

of their projects is great to the extent

that people were trekking long distances

to fetch very unwholesome water. They

have helped us achieved five open defaecation-free

communities as well. Their education

projects have also helped in

changing the narratives," he said.


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Students cry against Covid-19

BY JEANNETTE ADDO

SOME GHANAIAN tertiary

students have described the

pause in school attendance as

a major setback as the country

battles the coronavirus as it

takes its toll. Stuck at home

with lectures on hold, graduation plans

abandoned, many students fear the crisis

could have major implications for their

education. For students who have a few

months to complete school, being unable

to finish with their project work,

they say this will affect their completion

process, delaying the number of months

left to complete school.

Ghana had its first Covid-19 case announced

on Thursday, March 12, 2020,

by the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu.

The President; H.E Nana

Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, then addressed

the nation afterwards. In that address

and the subsequent one on Sunday

the 15th of March, he announced the

closure of all universities, secondary and

basic schools, beginning on the Monday,

March 16. The closure of schools, although

beneficial as a way of preventing

the spread, has had some sort of negative

impact mostly on the students. The

Ministry of Education, however, has introduced

other ways to facilitate learning

through traditional, social and online

media.

Addressing the press on Tuesday,

March 24, the Education Minister,

Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said almost

all the five universities to which the 46

Colleges of Education are affiliated have

many modern systems employed for the

benefit of all the colleges.

“In the tertiary space, we did invite

some of the universities that were in

close proximity to participate in the technical

discussions and we realized that almost

all the traditional universities have

functional learning management systems

which may require skill in order to make

the service available to students”.

This learning management system

has had its positives and negatives as well

as chilly experiences, this being the first

time Ghana has had to employ

a different strategy in

ensuring that students go

through effective learning

amidst a plague.

In an interview, a lecturer

at the Ghana Institute

of Journalism, Mr

Stephen Tindi, said his experience

with the online

learning had been fun but

challenging, especially

when he had to develop

the platform himself, migrating students

to a blog and creating, as well as sharing

videos. He also said his biggest challenge

was participation as some students didn’t

get to participate and even if they did,

due to the overflow of messages, the

platform got messy. Therefore, he lost

some of the responses.

He also spoke about complaints

from some students about data challenges,

where students could not be

available on time. He, however, suggested

that the online platform should

become a standard feature; the reason

being that nobody knows when this pandemic

would recur. He explained that if

there should be any recurrence, transitioning

would be much easier and without

challenges. He added that digital

literacy should be taken more seriously

to help students find better ways of

learning through the use online platforms,

should there be challenges like

the pandemic or similar situation, so that

the transition to online media would be

smooth.

He advised that it is important for us

to bridge the infrastructure gap in terms

“It has put my life on a standstill. I think

when we get back to school, we will

rush things because time is already

wasted and that is going to put pressure

on us, the students, since my

school is not doing anything online”.

of digital inequality in the country so

that regardless of where students are,

they can participate in digital learning.

He cited an instance where some of his

students had to be excused because of

movement to new locations on the outskirts

of Accra, where they have data

challenges.

Unhappy with the closure of schools,

some students have expressed their displeasure

concerning online studies. A

student of the University of Education,

Winneba, Dennis Koomson, said the effectiveness

of online studies was not as

effective as being in the class itself.

“In the lecture hall, lecturers get time

to explain things vividly unlike on the

online portal where lecturers only put

slides for us to discuss.

“How can one contribute towards

something he or she doesn't understand?

“In fact the environment in the

house is not conducive for learning.”

He added that network providers

should ensure effective internet provision

to enhance online studies. When

asked about how the present situation

was going to affect him, he said, “I think

it’s going to affect my internship

badly in the sense that

since the schools’ calendar is

going to change, I won’t get

enough time to train before

internship. Therefore, I’m not

sure if I’ll be able to get

enough skills as I desire”.

A student of the technical

university of Cape Coast; preferred

to be called Mary, has

expressed her displeasure

about her school not starting

this exercise despite meetings held on it.

However, she thinks the online media

strategy wouldn’t help much due to technical

difficulties like being phoneless and

running out of data, and considering

some courses her school offers, she

deems it impossible for online learning

to be efficient. She also thinks that there

wouldn’t be a deeper understanding of

lecture notes as compared to being in the

lecture hall.

A student of the Ghana Institute of

Journalism; Abdul- Lahie Abdul- Rahim

NaaNinche, voiced his difficulty adjusting

with the situation due to technical issues,

watching videos online and considering

the bad internet connectivity in his

community.

From Pentecost University College,

Linda Yirenkyi says her project work had

been put to halt due to this effect.

“It has put my life on a standstill. I

think when we get back to school, we

will rush things because time is already

wasted and that is going to put pressure

on us, the students, since my school is

not doing anything online”.

With fears of graduation late from

school, a final year student of the Accra

Technical University, Kelvin Abban,

thinks the directive will delay his graduation,

as his project work had been held at

a standstill due to his inability to get

through with practical work.

“I think the school has put measures

in place already but the problem here is

Covid-19 restriction measures are going

to delay me graduating, I learnt a new

curriculum will be posted after the situation

the country is in.”

Like the President of Ghana said,

these are not ordinary times and things

are difficult for us all. Therefore, I wish

to commend all the telecommunication

networks which have helped the situation

by providing access to educationrelated

research, and individuals and

NGOs who have in one way or another

helped by distributing learning materials

or providing other means of helping students

in their studies.

The writer is a Level 300 Journalism

student of the Ghana Institute of

Journalism

Jayana gives Dome market women face

masks on Mother’s Day • To fight Covid-19

AGHANAIAN Gospel

Artiste, Jayana, has donated

a number of locally-manufactured

face masks to women

at Dome market to

combat Covid-19.

The gesture was part of the

artiste’s annual Mothers’ Day project

to honour the contribution of mothers

and acknowledge their efforts.

According to Jayana, mothers are

relentless in their efforts to combine

work with caregiving and ensuring

safety at home in this Covid-19 era.

Sharing the face masks to the market

women, the ‘Victory’ hit maker educated

them to wash their hands often

with soap and under running water.

Jayana also urged them to leave a

distance between themselves and other

people at the market place, wear their

face masks and also observe all other

approved precautionary measures to

protect themselves against the coronavirus

disease (Covid-19).

“As we all know, Mother’s Day is an

occasion celebrated to express respect,

honour, and love towards our dear

mothers. Our mothers at the various

markets go through a lot and as a way

of saying thank you to all mothers for

their care and love, I gave out some

face masks to mothers at the Dome

•Jayana distributing face mask to market women

market to protect them from the coronavirus

pandemic.

“We [Jayana Music team] also educated

them to frequently wash their

hands, keep their homes and environment

clean, wear their

face masks, sanitize

their hands often and

observe social distancing,”

Jayana added.

The donation was

also made possible by

the kind support of Joe

Nick Fashion Design,

located at Dome Pillar 2

in Accra.

Ghana’s Covid-19

case count hits 4,700

with 22 deaths and 378

recoveries.

President Akufo-

Addo on April 19 lifted

restrictions imposed on

the movement of persons

in Greater Accra

and Greater Kumasi

and surrounding towns

as part of efforts to

control the spread of

the coronavirus.

About Jayana

Jayana’s singing is exciting and

breathtaking. She is noted for her mesmerizing

and captivating vocal.

She is a musician who uses the

voice as her instrument, displaying precision

and agility, mixed with heartfelt

emotion.

Born Jemima Annor-Yeboah,

Jayana spent her formative years soaking

up the contemporary gospel, and

praise and worship.

She is the second daughter of the

late Bishop Dr AnnorYeboah, a former

Chairman of the Christ Apostolic

Church (CAC).

She participated in the maiden edition

of the Stars of the Future talent

show, competing with the likes of

Irene Logan, Jean, now Efya, Ramzy,

and Prince Amui.

Jayana announced her comeback

into the music space when she was

signed on by DAVEJOY Music

Records in December 2018 [Record

label owned by Joyce Blessing’s husband]

and released a new song titled

‘Victory’ in 2019, featuring Joyce

Blessing.

The promising gospel minstrel is

currently not signed to any music

record label.


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TUESDAY, MAY 12, 2020

No professional sport in England

until June 1 at earliest

NO PROFESSIONAL sport,

even behind closed doors,

will be staged in England

until June 1 at the earliest,

the UK government has announced.

The government has published a 50-

page guidance document detailing how

England will begin to ease lockdown measures.

Step two of that plan -- which will not

be allowed to start before June 1 -- includes

"permitting cultural and sporting events to

take place behind closed doors for broadcast,

while avoiding the risk of large-scale

social contact".

The document states that reopening

venues that attract large crowds such as

sports grounds "may only be fully possible

significantly later depending on the reduction

in numbers of infections".

Premier League clubs were meeting on

Monday (yesterday) to continue discussions

on Project Restart.

The top flight has been suspended since

March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic

but is aiming to resume in June, with

92 of its 380 fixtures left to play.

There will be no cricket played in England

and Wales until at least July 1, following

a decision by the England and Wales

Cricket Board.

British horse racing had hoped to resume

behind closed doors later this month,

having been on hold since March 17.

Premiership Rugby is aiming for a resumption

in early July, with nine rounds of

matches remaining.

Formula 1 is hoping to race at Silverstone

on July 19 and 26.

Under proposed rules for boxing to resume

behind closed doors in July, fighters

at British shows will wear protective masks

during ring walks and could be banned

from using a spit bucket between rounds.

The government's current aim is to introduce

step two of its plan on June 1 but

only if sufficient progress is made in "successfully

controlling the spread of the

virus" and the lifting of restrictions could

be delayed.

Sporting events involving international

travel could be affected by the government's

planned requirement for all international

arrivals "not on a short list of

exemptions" to self-isolate for 14 days after

arrival in the UK.

Four English teams remain in European

football competitions this year - Chelsea

and Manchester City in the Champions

League and Manchester United and Wolves

in the Europa League. BBC

• There will be no competitive sport until at least 1 June

FIFA announces temporary increase

of substitutions in football games

• Following IFAB approval

INTERNATIONAL FOOT-

BALL Association Board (IFAB)

have accepted FIFA’s suggestions

on increase in the number of players

substituted in a game from

three to five.

As football begins to consider

resumption of competitions across

the world following the Covid-19

pandemic, the International Football

Association Board ( IFAB) has

agreed to make a

temporary amendment to the Laws

of the Game based on a proposal

received from FIFA seeking to

protect player welfare.

The IFAB has approved FIFA’s

proposal to introduce a temporary

amendment to Law 3 – The Players,

which will allow for a maximum

of five substitutes to be

made per team. For competitions

which have either started or are intended

to

start, but are

scheduled to

be completed

by December

31, 2020.

For the

avoidance of

disruption,

teams will

only have

three opportunities

to

make substitutions;

substitutions

may also be

made at halftime.

The temporary

amendment takes place

with immediate effect, and was introduced

due to matches taking

place in condensed period in different

weather conditions, both of

which could have impacts on

player welfare.

The decision on whether to

apply this temporary amendment

will remain at the discretion of

each individual competition organiser,

while the IFAB and FIFA will

determine at a later stage whether

this temporary amendment would

need to be extended further (e.g.

for competitions due to be completed

in 2021).

The amendment to Law 3 affects

both the 2019/20 and

2020/21 Laws of the Game, with

the latter coming into effect as

from June 1, 2020.

In relation to competitions in

which the video assistant referee

(VAR) system is implemented,

these competitions are permitted

to cease its use upon restart at the

discretion of each individual competition

organiser. However, where

VAR is used, all aspects of the

Laws of the Game and, by extension,

the VAR protocol will remain

in place.

Stephen Appiah picks Michael

Essien as best midfielder

FORMER BLACK Stars skipper

Stephen Appiah has picked Michael

Essien as the best midfielder he has

ever played with.

Essien and Appiah featured for

the senior national team, the Black

Stars, for over a decade.

The pair played together during

the 2006 FIFA World Cup and they

were key players during the tournament

as Ghana reached the last 16

in Germany.

Appiah was speaking on a live

Instagram chat put together by Betway

on Saturday, May 9.

The former Juventus and Fenerbache

midfielder recounted the various

midfield partners he worked

with in his time in the national

team in response to questions he

was asked by fans who had joined

the live chat.

“I played with Michael Essien a

lot and sometimes with Derek

Boateng. In that very popular

match against South Africa in Kumasi

in which we won 3-0, William

Tiero (who played for Liberty Professionals

at the time) was in that

match and I must say that he played

very well that day. I even think he

was the best player on that day.

"I enjoyed playing with a lot of

midfielders in the national team but

the Bison (in reference to Essien)

was the Bison.

"He was the general,” he added.

Essien currently plays in Azaberjan.

• Stephen Appiah and Michael Essien

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