MTN Ghana Foundation has presented the final batch of scholarships to 100 students under its Bright Scholarship programme. With this presentation, MTN Ghana has now fully honored its promise of providing scholarships to 300 students within three years.
The MTN Bright Scholarship, which was initiated in 2018 was in fulfillment of a commitment MTN made to Ghanaians during the commemoration of its 20th Anniversary in 2016. During the celebrations, MTN, through the MTN Ghana Foundation promised to award a total of 300 scholarships over a period of three years. Already, 200 scholarships have been awarded to students in 2018 and 2019. The final batch of 100 scholarships have been presented for the 2020 edition of the Bright Scholarship scheme.
The MTN Bright Scholarship provides badly needed financial assistance to needy and brilliant students in public tertiary institutions. The scholarship covers the cost of tuition, accommodation, a stipend for books and other relevant reading materials for the entire duration of their studies.
The MTN Ghana Foundation has over a 12-year period awarded over 1300 scholarships to students from basic school to the tertiary level.
Speaking at a ceremony to present the scholarships to the students at MTN House in Accra, the MTN General Manager for Capital Projects, Mr. William Tetteh who represented the CEO of MTN Ghana at the ceremony said “Today’s event is a special one. Three years ago, the MTN Ghana Foundation committed to transforming the lives of 300 students through the MTN Bright Scholarship, and today we are here with the last set of students. I’m glad that MTN has fulfilled its commitment and in the cause of the three year period, we have relieved a lot of parents who had the burden of looking for funds to support their children.”
Mr. William Tetteh advised the beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity granted them. “This scholarship offers a turning point in your education and you need to guard it by working hard to achieve your goals. As you may be aware, this scholarship does not only give you funding, it gives you peace of mind to pursue your studies. It also connects you to a bigger family – the MTN network. You are connected to an ecosystem of mentors and coaches who can help you achieve your goal. Use these contacts profitably, he concluded.”
The Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education Prof. Kwesi Yankah, who was the Special Guest of honor thanked MTN Ghana for initiating the MTN Bright Scholarship to support brilliant students further their education at the tertiary level. He said “The scheme is even more appreciated as it is directed towards supporting the vulnerable and the deprived. We indeed urge the entire private sector to emulate MTN’s gesture in partnering government to fund tertiary education.”
MTN Bright Scholarship presentation ceremonies were held in Accra and Kumasi and was attended by various dignitaries including Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education, MTN Foundation Board member Mrs. Nabila Williams, representatives of Vice Chancellors of University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, University of Mines and Technology, Takoradi Technical University, University of Professional Studies, Accra Technical University and the MTN Bright Scholarship Jury.
Twellium Industrial Ltd. And GNFS Work In Unified Command To Manage Fire Outbreak
A major fire broke out in a heap of dried wooden pallets at the Medie Junction in the Ga West District of the Greater Accra Region on February 22. The incident was said to have occurred at around 4:45pm. The fire subsequently spread to one woman’s Tilapia Stall.
Speaking to an eye witness, she said they tried to call the Ghana Fire Service who could not arrive at the scene early enough. Fortunately, one of the neighbouring factories, Twellium Industrial Company, which is about 1.0km away from the junction sent over their Fire Truck to save the situation.
Onlookers say the Twellium Fire engine worked tirelessly to bring the fire under control till the Ghana National Fire Service. Luckily there were no casualties reported.
Residents and Witnesses have commended the Twellium Industrial Company Limited greatly for their act of benevolence and Professionalism to help stop the fire and have encouraged other companies to do same as it has turned out to be important to have a fire truck at the factory.
Reason behind this fire disaster has not been known so far. Enquiry is under process.
Uganda Military Gives Jail Sentence To Soldiers For Assaulting Journalists
According to reports by the BBC, the Ugandan military has confirmed seven soldiers who assaulted journalists outside the United Nations Human rights office on Wednesday have been given jail sentences of between two to three months at a military detention facility by the disciplinary committee.
The reports added that, the trial of the four privates, a lance corporal and two captains was not open to the public, however; Uganda’s army chief apologised for the violence that left six reporters injured. The incident happened as the opposition MP and musician Bobi Wine was delivering a petition over human rights abuses to the UN.
The journalists were covering Wine, a pop star and lawmaker, as he delivered a petition to the office asking the United Nations to investigate human rights violations on the country including torture, abductions, illegal detentions and others.
The Reuters also reported that, NTV Uganda television showed the journalists running for safety and screaming as the security personnel struck them with batons. Four of those assaulted sustained serious injuries including to the head.
The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) said in a statement that a military disciplinary committee had tried the seven soldiers, who included a captain, convicted and given them varying sentences ranging from a severe reprimand to 90 days in jail.
National Chief Imam Names Clemence Gyato As Peace Ambassador
National Chief Imam Osman Nuhu Sharubutu on 28 November named Clemence Gyato as Peace Ambassador. Gyato, a master’s degree holder in Conflict, Peace and Security who is currently a PhD student, is widely renowned among the country’s Zongo youth and lauded for his efforts in conflict resolution, notably in the Alavanyo-Nkonya dispute as well as discord between Hohoe natives and Zongo youth.
Announcing Gyato’s appointment, Sharubutu said his office has “monitored Mr Gyato’s involvement in peacebuilding efforts in various parts of the country,” for which reason he was selected.
In his acceptance speech, Gyato cited a life-changing interaction with a victim of the Somali war. The account led him to the understanding that “no one is safe within a community or society riddled with insecurity. And no one filled with conflict, despair, and anxiety rises to the zenith of any godly profession. So, I set out to do this one thing: be at peace with myself and with all.”
The maxim, Gyato said, has been pivotal to his vision. He also observed that his appointment is testament to the fact that his efforts are being keenly observed by leadership. “This honour bestowed on me for my little, submarine operations within the peace space is something I will cherish considerably.
“Election-related violence has destroyed many African countries. Ghana has escaped this unfortunate conundrum and it is my expectation that the 2020 elections will be no different,” he said.
“It is time we saw peace neither as a prelude to, nor an addendum to elections. It is an ever-constant pre-requisite for personal, familial, and national progress. Insofar as each person values their peace of mind, it then behooves on us to value the peace of our brother, friend, relative, colleague, political opponents, and/ or even perceived enemies.”
Gyato also pledged to continue his mission to be at peace with all as well as “speak and act peacefully to all men.
“I undertake to accept diversity as a strength and use diversity to build a peaceful society. I undertake to do more towards building a peaceful Ghana,” he added.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Ibrahim Cudjoe Quaye, who chaired Gyato’s investiture, Madina MP Hon. Abu-Bakar Saddique Boniface, as well as NDC aspiring Member for Parliament for Madina, Lawyer Francis-Xavier Sosu also pledged peace before and after election 2020.
“Rawlings Was A Great African Leader”, Stonebwoy Pays Tribute To The Former Statesman
On Thursday’s edition of special interview on Max TV, multiple award-winning Ghanaian reggae & dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy, called on all Ghanaians, including political leaders to acknowledge and recognize the role former president Ft. Lt. Jerry John Rawlings and other African leaders have played as far as Ghana’s democracy is concerned.
According to musician, the former Flight Lieutenant, whose tragic demise occured on Thursday, 12th November 2020 at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, where he was receiving treatment after a short illness, has been a pivotal, absolutely central, figure in the country’s political and economic fortunes, and his lingering political influence on Ghana may be second only to Kwame Nkrumah.
When asked if he has composed a tribute song to honor the late state’s man, Stonebwoy who is known for inspirational songs, focusing on good governance, poverty eradication, and spreading good cheer through positive messages with even more delightful melodies revealed that, though he has no tribute song in his catalogue, he’s recorded songs that revealed his admiration and respect for late president and other notable African leaders.
In 2013, the Ghanaian Dancehall finest act, Stonebwoy delivered a conscious reggae/dancehall on a Beatz Dakay’s Last Breathe Riddim titled “Real Warrior”. The tune talks about acknowledging great African leaders for setting policies the coushined the their electorates. The lyrics of song according to Stonebwoy was inspired by the Heroes and Heroines across the globe.
“Big up… Kwame Nkrumah, Nelson Azumah, Yaa Asantewa, Madeba Mandela, Patrice Lumumba, Muama Gadafe, Okomfo Anokye, Robert Mugabe, Marcos Garvey, Julius Nyerere, Rawlings JJ, Seko Toure, yes Bob Marley, Shaka Zulu, Hailey Selase blessing thing”, Stonebwoy is quoted saying.
“Live like a warrior and die like a soldier, this is the battle of de fittest. Live like a warrior and die like a soldier, de race is not for de swift”
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