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Faure Gnassingbe Treads In Father’s Steps, Wins Fourth Term In landslide

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LOME, TOGO, Monday February 24, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Togo’s electoral commission has released the preliminary results of the first round of the presidential election. President Faure Gnassingbé reportedly secured 72 percent of the vote while his main opposition and former Prime Minister Agbeyome Kodjo who straddled behind with just 18 percent of the vote, according to Aljazeera.

Last month, President Gnassingbé confirmed that he would be running for a fourth presidential term despite several anti-government protests in the past which have called for his resignation. As with the Guinean protests of last year, the Togolese people were also attempting to prevent proposed amendments to the country’s constitution that would allow President Gnassingbe to run for another term.

However, those same constitutional amendments were passed and it appears President Gnassingbé is intent on extending his family’s largely unrivalled rule over the small West African country. The statesman, who has been in power for 15 years now, took over from his own father Gnassingbé Eyadéma who had ruled Togo since 1967 following a successful military coup.

While the election results are still to be announced by the Supreme Court this week, there have been numerous allegations of fraud from Kodjo. Following the completion of voting this past Saturday, Kodjo’s home was allegedly surrounded by military troops, the BBC reports. While it is alleged that Kodjo was at risk of being attacked by “unruly individuals”, the opposition leader believes it was a tactic used to facilitate the rigging of votes instead.

DispatchLIVE reports that Kodjo has since vowed to form his own “inclusive government in the coming days” while accusing authorities of “using ballot stuffing and fake polling stations to skew the results in the incumbent’s favour.”

Interestingly, Aljazeera also reports that just days before the recent election took place, Togo’s national election commission revoked the accreditation of the main independent observer who was supposed to monitor the presidential election for the sake of fairness and transparency.

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Dr. Bawumia Launches The Online Scholarship Application and Administration System

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GREATER ACCRA, GHANA, Friday April 3, 2020/www.gabfrica.net/ – In line with President Akufo-Addo’s vision to digitize and formalize government service delivery processes, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia has launched the Online Scholarship Application and Administration System under the auspices of the National Scholarship Secretariat.

This new system will ensure further transparency in the award of scholarships and reduce the risk of corruption as all workflow regarding scholarship applications will be streamlined. Again, the new system will provide accurate and reliable data on scholarship beneficiaries as well as tracking their academic progress. Under the new system, applicants can apply from the comfort of their homes, take an aptitude test and be interviewed in their own districts without coming to Accra as in the past.

Dr. Bawumia commended the leadership at the Secretariat for overseeing the massive improvements which have positively rebranded the outfit, especially the decentralization of the procedure of awarding scholarships nationwide. Today, every Ghanaian child, irrespective of their social, religious, ethnic background or political affiliation, can have the opportunity of enjoying a Government of Ghana scholarship.

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COVID-19/ Virtual learning On TV For SHS, JHS Students Begins April 3

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The Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service (GES) has secured an agreement with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) for a free-to-air 24-hour dedicated channel for the broadcast of educational materials beginning April 3, 2020.

The channel, known as Ghana Learning TV, will initially broadcast educational materials for senior high school (SHS) students, while content for the Junior High School (JHS ) and basic school students follow in due course.

Memorandum of understanding

Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU), the GES is expected to produce educational materials for the GBC to broadcast nationwide on a free-to-air channel for the purpose of learning for students while they are home.

The Director-General of the GES, Prof. Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, in an interview with the Daily Graphic on Tuesday, March 31, said in addition to the television, the ministry and the GES, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications, was finalising discussions with the GBC for a dedicated nationwide broadcast on radio.

“So, we now have an arrangement with the GBC to broadcast nationwide on a 24-hour free-to-air dedicated channel,” Prof. Opoku-Amankwa explained that the content for the JHS and basic, as well as the pre-school was being finalised.

Radio broadcast

He explained that the arrangement was that whatever was broadcast on the television “is also made available on radio for a wider reach to the students.”

He added: “In doing this, we have selected a number of master trainers and master teachers to support in delivery and production; we are working closely with our teachers to produce the content for both television and radio,” he explained.

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa added that the content was based on the new curriculum produced by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NaCCA) and content from other sources including scholastic in literacy and numeracy for the KG pupils.

Online platform

Touching on the online version, he said the ministry and the Centre for Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS) had created an online study platform for all SHS students via the icampusgh.com, which was already in use and as of this morning, 22,000 plus students had logged-on to the website.

He said to access the site, students would be required to enter their BECE index number as the username and suffix it with the year they wrote the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

“For instance, SHS Three students will be required to add 17 to the index number E.g. 309074025 then 17 to read 30907402517, SHS Two students will add 18 and SHS one students will add 19” he said, adding that the student would be required to enter ghana@12345 as their default password and click on log-in.

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa added that individual students would be required to change the default password before they could continue using the platform.

“The students will have to click on ‘view all courses’ to see the subjects available,” he further stated and asked the students to click on any of the courses available to enrol.

Parallel Online learning system

Prof. Opoku-Amankwa explained that in addition to the iCampus platform, “we are also creating an online parallel learning system to ensure that eventually, every class in this country from the lower primary to the SHS had an online parallel classroom.”

He said the online parallel classroom allowed the setting up of a learning space for students and teachers such that all the lessons teachers were teaching in the classroom were also available online.

“This connects to all the learning resources with the Ghana Library Authority and so when students get online, they are able to immediately get access to all the contents with the Ghana Library Authority,” Prof. Opoku-Amankwa explained.

Announcement by minister

Last week Tuesday, the Ministry of Education announced that it had started the implementation of distance and remote learning programmes to enable students to have access to learning resources while at home in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The sector Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, said the learning programmes would be rolled out on all mediums — radio, television and online — with support from the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Information.

(Source: www.graphic.com.gh)

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COV!D-19/ Former President of Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango, Dies Of The Global Pandemic

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KINSHASHA, DR CONGO, Tuesday March 31, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Former Congolese President Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango passed away yesterday, according to reports by the AFP. The former statesman succumbed to health complications related to the coronavirus in a hospital in France.

The 81-year-old politician rose to power in 1977 following the assassination of then President Marien Ngouabi. Yhombi-Opango was then ousted by the Republic of Congo’s current President Denis Sassou Nguesso. After having been accused of participating in a plot to overthrow Sassou Nguesso, Yhombi-Opango was jailed from 1987 for three years.

Shortly after his release, he then founded the Rally for Democracy and Development (RDD) party during a time when the country had introduced multi-party politics. However, he lost to Sassou Nguesso in the 1992 presidential election. Yhombi-Opango, however, became the prime minister in 1994 and then fled to France three years later after civil war broke out in the country.

Yhombi-Opango now becomes part of the many Africans who have since tested positive for the coronavirus including Burkina Faso’s Vice-President of Parliament, Rose-Marie Compaore, Idris Elba, Davido’s fiancé Chioma Rowland and the late Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Ndaba Mandela. More recently, Cameroonian jazz legend Manu Dibango passed away after battling the coronavirus during his hospitalisation in France.

The total number of confirmed cases in Africa has now surpassed 2400 cases with at least 60 reported deaths. Congo has confirmed 19 cases of coronavirus thus far. Read our rolling coverage of coronavirus presence in Africa here.

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President Nana Akufo-Addo Hailed For Quote Made During His Last Speech To The Nation

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ACCRA, GHANA, March 30th, 2020/www.gbafrica.net/ – Ghanaian President, Nana AkufoAddo has all of a sudden become one of the world’s favourite men after his speech to address the nation of Ghana about the new Corona Virus update. The president stated “We know how to bring the economy back to life. What we do not know is how to bring the people back to life”.

After his speech, his team tweeted an image of the quote on his twitter page and since then he has received many applause from dignitaries all over the world.

This morning, Nana’s tweet was one of the things discussed on “Good Morning Britain” and host Piers Morgan stated that “I keep saying this, you’ve got to have a simple message that gets to the people……….. Now that to me right there! is what we are talking about.”

However, there are people who have bashed the president too, for plagiarism. This is because the quote was said earlier by one “Daniel W. Snare” on 29th March but I guess because of the way the president’s team went about with the tweet has got him all the credit.

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