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Heavy police presence on UEW campus; students shut out



Heavy police presence on UEW campus; students shut out

here is a heavy police presence at the University of Education, Winneba following the closure of the school.

Although students have adhered to the directive by the Central Regional Security Council to leave the campus, some returned after Member of Parliament for the area, Alex Afenyo Markin sent bulk messages telling to return because the situation has been brought under control.

The school was indefinitely shut down yesterday after days of protest by students demanding the reinstatement of some lecturers who were sacked.

Citi News can confirm that although the campus is virtually empty, there is still heavy police presence with only the administrative staff and students from the Sports College on the campus.

Some students preparing to leave spoke tell Citi News, the police officers have been driving them away from the school.

“I was about to leave when I received a message from Afenyo Markin that we should come back because they have finished settling everything. Now, I come here to use the WiFi to download my messages for an assignment but the policeman has stopped us from entering campus. So, now they are not allowing us entry, I have to go home.”

“I was going into the campus but the police is preventing me asking if I am a student here. I answered in the affirmative but he has I have no right to enter this moment. He said the school has been closed now so we have to go home. I was shocked so I told him that our MP has asked us to ask to come back but he said I should tell the MP that he is not the one who runs the school,” another student said.

UEW: Two students arrested for failing to vacate premises

Two students of the University of Education Winneba have been arrested for defying a directive to vacate campus.

After the school was shut down, students were given up to 6:00 pm on Thursday to vacate the school.

According to DSP Irene Oppong, the Central Regional Police PRO the two male students were arrested in the halls after Police went for routine checks.

She explained that the two were arrested because there were some activities going on after the six pm deadline which could be linked to these two individuals.

“We went round to close the lecture and also their halls [of residence] and in the process, two people were still there after 6 pm and there were some activities going on that we think they could be linked to so that is why they were picked.”

They have been handed over to the Winneba Police Command while investigations continue.

UEW shut down indefinitely after students’ protests turn chaotic

The University of Education, Winneba was on Thursday shut down indefinitely following three-day student protests against the school’s Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Prof. Anthony Afful-Broni.

The Central Regional Security Council announced the closure of the school after visiting the campus on Thursday morning.

The Central Regional Minister, Kwamina Duncan told the media “on the advice of the Regional Security Council, we cannot allow the university to be in session.”

“Our report is this: every passing day, the level of insecurity increases or escalates,” the minister added.

In the course of the three days of protests, buildings and vehicles have had their windows shattered.

Students also blocked roads and burned tiers amid the protests.

The students say there is a leadership crisis at the school have been demonstrating demanding the reinstatement of some sacked lecturers

The Police were forced to use tear gas to disperse protesting students this morning.

The students in retaliation pelted stones at the police leaving at least one officer injured.

A police reinforcement team was sent from Accra this morning to restore calm on campus.

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Tumu residents demand good roads ahead of Nana Addo’s visit



Tumu residents demand good roads ahead of Nana Addo’s visit

For the first time since the revival of Paaregbielle festival celebrated by the Sissala people 10 years ago, a sitting President will attend the occasion which comes with excitement among citizens of the Sissala East Municipality.

The Ghana News Agency went into the Tumu Township to gauge the mood of residents about their expectations of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s maiden visit on Saturday, March 23.

Many want the President’s assurance on fixing the bad roads network of Wa-Tumu-Bolga as its deplorable state hindered economic activities, particularly with their francophone West African neighbours with huge market potential.

Many unemployed youths also appealed for jobs and want to remind the President of his promise to give them a district factory, citing as an example, the Tumu Cotton Ginnery yet to be made operational.

Others want the President to make a pronouncement on the employment of graduate teachers and community nurses, with some saying: “If our development needs are not addressed, we will hold our immediate leaders responsible”.

Mr Sani Jebuuni, a political activist of the National Democratic Congress, praised the President for the implementation of the planting for food and jobs programme and encouraged him to do more.

The Member of Parliament of Sissala East Constituency, Mr Ridwan Abbas Dauda, said the festival would offer an opportunity to the President to make a commitment and “once they are made they will be done for the people”.

“Saturday, we will all get a good package from the President from his visit and speech”.

Source. GNA

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35 passengers burnt beyond recognition in Kintampo accident given mass burial



35 passengers burnt beyond recognition in Kintampo accident given mass burial

At least 35 persons who were burnt to death on Friday when two high occupancy commercial vehicles crashed head-on near Kintampo in the Bono East Region have been given mass burial.

Fifty-six persons have been confirmed dead in the accident involving the two buses which were carrying a total of 108 passengers. Fifty-two others, including three children, suffered varied degrees of injuries.

Police and local government authorities say most of them were burnt beyond recognition, something that necessitated the mass burial at the Jema cemetery Saturday morning.

The burial supervised by the police, chiefs, sanitation and other local government officials, was attended by persons whose relatives were involved in the gory accident but could identify their bodies.

Most of the deceased who were in the bus that went up in flames when it collided, are said to be residents of Garu and its environs in the Upper East Region.

They were travelling from Garu to Kumasi in a GPRTU managed bus registered GT5694-18 when their bus collided head-on with a VVIP bus registered GT-3916-17 at Ampomakurom near Jema at about 2:00am Friday.

The intensity of the collision caused the Kumasi-bound bus to spark fire killing the occupants.

District Chief Executive for Garu, Emmanuel Asore who witnessed the mass burial Saturday told “it’s a dark day for us all,” noting he lost a family member while his presiding member lost five relatives in the accident.

He said the whole of the Upper East region is morning with the families of the deceased, noting a memorial service and a vigil will be organised for the dead.

Mr Asore said “close to 35 of the victims were burnt beyond recognition”.

However, he revealed seven persons who were among those burnt to death have as of Saturday morning been identified by their relatives and have been released the bodies to them for burial.

“We believe it is designed by God so we accept it,” Mr Asore said, adding the latest ghastly accident should be a wakeup call to government, the police and the people of Ghanaian to take steps to prevent some of these carnage on our roads.

He underscored the need for vehicles to undergo proper checks before being released to ply on the roads and also asked transport operators to always ensure they have two drivers on a bus for long distances to avoid driver fatigue.


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Ask violent politicians to recruit relatives – Mustapha Hamid to Zongo youth



Ask violent politicians to recruit relatives - Mustapha Hamid to

Ask violent politicians to recruit relatives – Mustapha Hamid to Zongo youth

The Minister for Inner Cities and Zongo Development, Dr Mustapha Abdul Hamid, has advised politicians, who are in the habit of using Zongo youth to foment political violence, to rather use their relatives for that purpose.

He said the youth should engage in violence if those asking them to do so have their relatives at the forefront.

Speaking at the formal launch of the Zongo Sensitisation Programme on Peace, Non-Violence and Development, the minister said the time had come for leaders in the various Zongo communities to rise up and stop politicians from using their places as recruitment centres for thugs or vigilantes for political violence.

He advised that the youth should not be blinded by party loyalty and take the law into their own hands, saying “when they come to you, ask the politicians to bring their sons and their daughters too. In fact, the politician’s son should lead the attack since it’s a good thing for them.”

He also stressed the need to do away with all narcotic dens in the communities with the support of opinion leaders and security agencies.

The CHRAJ Boss, Joseph Whittal, who was at the event, said that the opinion leaders can lead the effort to stop the Zongo youth from becoming vigilantes.

He urged the youth to be more development-oriented and empower themselves towards good education, improved sanitation, among others.

Mr Whittal also advised stakeholders to shun early marriages which, according to him, are prevalent in Zongo communities. “We cannot continue the age-old practice of neglecting the education of the girl-child. We don’t have to marry her off too early,” he stressed.

Lt Col Umar Sanda Ahmed (Rtd), a former Ambassador to Egypt, on his part, attributed vigilantism to ‘improper parenting’ – a situation where children at an early stage are not provided with proper education and family support.

The children, he said, become vulnerable and are easily recruited to engage in deviant behaviours when they grow up.

The stakeholders’ forum, which was organised by the Greater Accra Council of Zongo Chiefs, was attended by some prominent Zongo chiefs and personalities.

Also present was the National Imam of the Ahlussuna Wal Jamaa’a (ASWAJ), Hajj Umar Ibrahim.


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