Final year Students of the 3 schools of hygiene not to write their end of semester exams due to the government @NAkufoAddo failure to pay them their Allawa from 2017 till date.
The SRC of the 3 schools of hygiene together with the final year students of the Schools of Hygiene yesterday in a letter wrote to inform the public about their decision to suspend the end of semester examination scheduled for today 20th July, 2020 to 25th July, 2020 until they receive their due allowance from the appropriate authority.
Their decision together with other ongoing actions has been taken by the entire final year students of the various institutions to propel the decisions of the government to attend to the cry of students of the Schools of Hygiene.
This decision is not in any way intended to undermine the authorities of the noble institutions but they believe the aftermath when successful, will inure to the benefit of the Schools of Hygiene.
They hope to achieve their intended objective in due course so as they can successfully write their exams and complete successfully.
This was in a letter sent across the 3 schools of hygiene.
The Electoral Commission (EC) will soon roll out a special programme under the mass voters registration exercise to register qualified senior high school (SHS) students currently in school and inmates of prison establishments.
The Director of Electoral Services at the commission, Dr Serebour Quarcoo, who disclosed this, said a tentative date for that special registration exercise would be announced in the coming days.
“We are finalising arrangements to go to SHSs and prisons across the country to register qualified Ghanaians there, and the two exercises will be rolled out together,” he told the Daily Graphic in an interview yesterday.
Throwing more light on how the exercise would be conducted, he said EC officials would move to the schools and prison establishments on specific days to register eligible people.
“There will not be permanent registration centres there; what will happen is that our officials will go to those places, and based on the numbers, register the people and leave,” he stressed.
The Daily Graphic sought the interview to clear the air on whether or not the EC would register students on SHS compounds and prison establishments.
Following the phase-out easing of restrictions by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo last month, final-year students in basic schools, final-year students and second-year Gold Track students in SHSs and final-year students in tertiary institutions have returned to school to complete their courses.
Since the EC started the mass registration exercise last Tuesday, there have been concerns over how SHS students who are 18 years and above will get the opportunity to register.
This is especially so when the Ghana Education Service (GES), as a measure to curb the spread of the COVID-19, has directed heads of SHSs to send home any final-year student who leaves the school compound.
The Upper East Regional Director of the EC, Mr William Obeng Adarkwa, was reported to have said the commission had been unable to register eligible SHS students in the region.
He had indicated that all registration centres being used for the ongoing mass registration exercise had been gazetted and so there was no room for extra centres that could accommodate students in their schools.
Window of hope
However, Dr Serebour said the EC had decided to do special registration on SHS compounds in order not to disenfranchise qualified students.
“The students will get an opportunity to register and get their names on the electoral roll when our officials go to the schools. But it must be noted that those centres will not be permanent,” he stressed.
Touching on the registration of prisoners, Dr Serebour said the law required that qualified Ghanaian prisoners be allowed to register and vote during elections.
“In 2012, the EC registered prisoners. We will go there this year again and register prisoners because the law mandates us to do so,” he said.
Under Article 42 of the 1992 Constitution, the Supreme Court, in 2010, upheld the rights of prison inmates to vote in general elections in Ghana.
That was after the Centre for Human Rights and Civil Liberties(CHURCIL), an organisation dedicated to the promotion of human rights and the protection of civil liberties, and Mr Ahuma-Ocansey, a private legal practitioner, had, in a consolidated suit, sought the court’s interpretation on the right of remand prisoners to vote.
“The EC, in 2016, registered 2,276 prison inmates throughout the country to participate in that year’s general election,” he said.
Dr Serebour gave an assurance that the EC would go all out to ensure that no eligible Ghanaian willing to get his or her name on the electoral roll was disenfranchised.
He called on stakeholders in the electoral process, especially the political parties, to collaborate with the commission to ensure that the registration exercise was conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.
The EC director reiterated the need for persons who turn up at the registration centres to adhere strictly to the safety protocols.
The Dinka people are a Nilotic tribe from South Sudan, but they do have a significant community in the diaspora. They live mostly along the Nile, from Mangalla to Renk, in Bahr el Ghazal, Upper Nile (formerly two out of three Sudanese Southern Provinces), and Dinka Ngok of Abyei Area in South Sudan.
The Dinka originated from the Gezira, in what is now Sudan, according to oral traditions. The area was controlled in ancient times by the Kingdom of Alodia, a multicultural Christian kingdom governed by Nubians. Living in its southern region and connecting with the Nubians, the Dinka learned the Nubian syntax in a significant amount. Around the 13th century, the Dinka began to move from the Gezira with the disintegration of Alodia, escaping slave raids and other military conflicts, and also droughts.
The Dinka people live mostly on traditional farming and herding, depending on livestock as a cultural pride not for trade or meat, but cultural presentations, ceremonies, dowries, and milk products for all ages.
Food and cash crops are cultivated on the Dinka. Grains, primarily sorghum and millet are grown in food crops. Groundnuts, sesame, and gum-Arabs are among the cash crops. Cattle are confined in the dry season to wetland areas, the sudd and grass fields, but are taken to high grounds in the rainy season to prevent flooding and mud.
According to the 2008 Sudanese census Dinka number around 4.5 million people, making up about 18% of the country’s population and South Sudan ‘s biggest ethnic group.
They called themselves Muonyjang (singular) or jieng (plural), they make up one of the branches of the Nilotes River Lake (a mainly sedentary agri-pastoral ethnic group of the Nile Valley and African Great Lakes that speak Nilotic languages, which include Nuer and Luo).
Investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, will today premiere a 30-minute documentary in which he goes undercover to expose an underworld of quack doctors in the country, shedding light on a coronavirus (COVID-19) scam said to be worth tens of thousands of dollars
The film, which is a collaborative effort with BBC Africa, and has been exclusively shown to the Daily Graphic, reveals how some local drug manufacturers extort huge sums of money from unsuspecting victims by selling to them concoctions portrayed as having the potency to cure COVID-19.
Posing as the brother of a man infected with the virus, Mr Anas sets out to find so-called cures, some of which were advertised on radio, and expose the men who manufacture and sell them.
The investigation focuses on scammers known as the “Abdellah brothers.”
Mr Anas told the Daily Graphic last Sunday that the undercover investigation was in two parts, and exposes both fake cures and corruption in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said the first part of the documentary, which would be premiered tonight, focused on the illegal manufacture and sale of ‘fake cures’ for COVID-19, and added that the second part, which dealt with corruption and stealing, would be aired in two weeks.
In the film, an undercover footage of the marketing activities of COA FS drugs exposes how they allegedly exploited the pandemic for profit, and how agents of the company misled their customers into believing that their product was a cure for COVID-19.
The film exposes how two samples of COA FS that were tested by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) as part of the investigation, revealed additional signs of product contamination, beyond those already revealed by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
Manufacturers of COA FS, the Centre of Awareness Global Peace Mission (COA GPM), on March 19, emphatically said the drug was an immune booster and a viral load suppressing drug and not a cure for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The Abdellah brothers
On the other hand, the illegal activities of two self-acclaimed doctors known as Dr Abdellah Jnr and Dr Abdellah Snr, who masterminded the lucrative COVID-19 scam, were also exposed and their makeshift factory raided by the FDA.
The documentary exposes how the two individuals produced hundreds of bottles of a product labelled “Covid Cure” with fake FDA numbers on its labels during the lockdown period.
Undercover videos in the film exposed how they bragged and lied to potential customers just to portray themselves as geniuses who had achieved a major breakthrough.
They claimed people took their children out of hospital quarantine to take their drug. They also claimed to be actively treating a number of coronavirus patients, and to be cutting deals with prominent people in Ghana.
In the film, they attempted to sell 100 bottles of their concoction to the undercover team for GH¢150,000. They had stockpiled almost GH¢433,875 worth of fake cure products in total.
When samples of the product were tested by the GSA, they failed to meet the standards for human consumption because they were contaminated with bacteria, mould and traces of phosphine.
The 30 minutes’ undercover documentary will premiere at 8p.m. tonight on the BBC EYE Channel on BBC Africa YouTube page and TV3 concurrently. Graphic Online [www.graphic.com.gh] will later broadcast it on graphic.com at 9p.m.