Unity: Ebonyi State Commends Labour Unions

The Government of Ebonyi State Southeast Nigeria has commended the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress NLC and Trade Union Congress for their Unity in the State.

The Special Assistant to the Governor of the State, Janifer Nwafor disclosed this in an interview with Journalists in Abakaliki the State Capital.

The Special Assistant said the Unity would help the unions to achieve a lot for the workers.

“Before now, Ebonyi State used to have two factions of NLC and since then, workers have never celebrated in this grand style. But thank God that during the last NLC State Congress, they were able to elect professor Oguguo Egwu to be their State Chairman and I believe that this union will achieve a lot for Ebonyi workers.“ She said.

Mrs Adibe also commended the efforts of the state Governor, David Umahi in ensuring the regular payment of salaries and other entitlements.

She informed them that Umahi has just approved the payment of Pension and Gratuity for retirees.

The Special Assistant further informed that the state has also empowered the workers in various capacities.

She solicited workers’ continuous support to enable the State Government to do more for them.

Source: Voice of Nigeria

Abuja Residents Hail Approval Of Infrastructure Projects In Maitama

There was excitement among residents of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT) following the Federal Executive Council’s (FEC) approval for infrastructure projects at the newly created Maitama II District, estimated to cost over N180 billion.

The approval for the projects, followed a presentation made before FEC recently by the FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Musa Bello who was accompanied by the management of the Federal Capital Development Authority ( FCDA).

Our reporter gathered that infrastructure development in the new district had long been expected by both allottees and the neighbouring original inhabitants villages.

It was gathered the construction works in the Maitama II, were important, as it would bring improved livelihood to Mpape community and environs while opening up access roads to rural farmers in the area.

The memo presented by the Federal capital development Authority revealed that the contract for the project has been awarded to Dantata and Sawoe Company.

It was also revealed that the project is expected to be completed with 4 years period.

The document, titled “Brief on the Final Engineering Design and Development of Maitama II District, Cadastral Zone A10, Abuja,” also revealed that the Bureau of Public Procurement had given its nod for the project.

It stated that, “Accordingly, BPP has granted no objection to FCTA to proceed with Restrictive / Selective tendering method for the procurement.

“At conclusion of the evaluation exercise, the Bid of Messrs Dantata and Sawoe Construction Company Nigeria Limited with a total tender sum of N180, 990, 976, 836.60 only , inclusive of 5% VAT with a completion period of 48 months was recommended as the lowest responsive.“

Source: Voice of Nigeria

Nasarawa Speaker Promises Legislative Support On Improved Welfare

As Nigerian workers mark this year’s Workers Day, the Speaker of Nasarawa State House of Assembly in North Central Nigeria, Balarabe Abdullahi, has identified with workers in the State and acknowledged their contributions towards administration and governance in the state.

A statement by Press Secretary to the Speaker, Jibrin Gwamna, quotes the Speaker Balarabe Abdullahi as congratulating Nasarawa workers by describing them as hardworking, understanding and patriotic citizens.

The speaker assured them of full legislative support and partnership towards encouraging and supporting the government to better their welfare at all times.

Mr Abdullahi also commended the state Governor, Abdullahi Sule on workers’ implementation of workshops, prompt payment of salaries, pension, and gratuity for retirees, and the ongoing employment of casual workers in the State among others.

He also congratulated the new State NLC Chairman, Comrade Ismaila Yakubu Okoh and his executive members for their successful election and emergence.

He called for a sustained and effective working relationship between the Labour Union and government for smooth administration in the state.

Source: Voice of Nigeria

Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons key in preventing brain drain in Ghana

The Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons has been acknowledged as a key institution that has aided in preventing the brain drain of specialists in medical professionals in Ghana.

The college, established in 2003 by an act of parliament, has been a leading college for training specialists in medicine, surgery, and related disciplines in the country.

Dr. Nkrumah Mills, the former President of the College, made this known at a press soiree to announce the College’s upcoming 20th-anniversary activities.

The 20th anniversary is on the theme; ‘Two Decades of Medical Post Graduate Training in Ghana’ and activities for the celebration start in April to December.

He said since there was no specialist school for medical professionals in Ghana, they were compelled to travel overseas for training after their post-graduate studies in the country.

‘The trend changed considerably when the college was established in 2003, to provide specialist education for health professionals in the country,’ Dr Mills stated.

‘So, if you look at the figures the number of people who were leaving the country was high but as soon as the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons was established, the numbers went down considerably so that is the situation,” he said.

Dr Mills noted that the trend could have resulted in brain drain, which could have negatively impacted the health sector significantly by widening the doctor-patient ratio in the country.

Professor Paul Nyame, the Chairman of the Ghana Medical and Dental Council and former Rector of the College, indicated that the college had considerably contributed to the training of medical specialists in Ghana.

He said since its establishment it has produced 1,690 members and 200 fellows in 16 facilities across the divisions of physicians and surgeons.

‘The college has also contributed to policy discussions within the health sector, by presenting policy recommendations on how to improve the sector to the Ministry of Health,’ he stated.

Professor Richard M.K. Adanu, the Rector of the College, said although the institution had chalked successes, it was currently facing some challenges.

He mentioned some of the challenges as logistical constraints, and lack of materials to undertake the necessary training of medical professionals, adding that the mismatch between the number of specialists trained vis-à-vis the ever-increasing population was of grave concern to the college.

Dr Justina Ansah, the Anniversary Planning Committee Chairperson, noted that in celebrating the milestone several activities have been outlined including sensitization of fellows, members, residents of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and a press soiree.

She said in May 2023 there would be an official launch of the 20th anniversary and a public lecture.

‘In June there would be media rounds, a health walk and medical screening in July in Accra and Kumasi, a second public lecture and fundraising dinner in August.

In October there will be a museum exhibition in some secondary schools, a donation to the Leprosarium, a third public lecture in November, and in December an annual general scientific meeting will be held, poster presentations/exhibition and a Thanksgiving service, Dr Ansah started.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GCT, IIPGH commemorate the Coding Caravan 2023 for Girls

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GCT), in collaboration with the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana (IIPGH) and the International Girls in ICT Day 2023, have commemorated the Coding Caravan 2023, branded ‘Digital Skills for Life.’

The Coding Caravan is a digital skills education campaign that aims to raise young children’s attention to the benefits of ICT and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

Mrs. Esther Quaye-Sowah, Director of Education for Birim Central Municipality, addressed the session, and?expressed?their determination and desire to collaborate with entities whose goal was to promote the competencies of the girl child in STEM.

She emphasised the importance of ICT as an important aspect of STEM and stated that 200 basic?schoolgirls from different institutions were chosen for the activity.

‘The entire world is seeking to embrace transformation to better their socio-economic development through STEM education, and Ghana cannot be left behind,’ she said.

The Ministry of Communication and Digitization is driving the coding caravan initiative to expedite Ghana’s digitization efforts towards STEM education, with a focus on the female child.

According to Mrs. Quaye-Sowah, the action has the potential to help reduce gender disparity in Ghanaian society.

She advised young girls and other participants to work hard to get the necessary skills that would help in addressing current social problems as well as creating job prospects for females at the technological centre.

Mrs. Ruth Kyere Fekaah, Deputy Director of Finance and Administration at the Ministry of Communication and Digitalization, speaking on behalf of Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the substantive minister, stated that the ministry intends to provide basic computer literacy training to 5000 girls by the end of 2023.

She further said?it was critical for girls and women to take advantage of today’s pace of innovation in ICT by pursuing a career in ICT, which is why the ministry launched the Girls in ICT project to boost their interest in ICT education.

In addition, the ministry is developing a rural telephone and digital inclusion initiative that will link three million Ghanaians.

Mr. Kenneth Ashigbey, CEO of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, stated that starting on the Coding Caravan, an exercise that teaches young people how to utilise ICT to tackle social challenges, is critical.

He added?that the number of women participating in ICT in the nation was?quite low, and that encouraging girls’ engagement from an early age is necessary to overcome the gender gap in the ICT field.

He recommended that basic schoolchildren seize the chance to use ICT tools in an equitable and beneficial manner, while avoiding the negative effects linked to ICT.

Mr. Ashigbey urged societies to invest in ICT education to find solutions to the?current challenges.

Mrs. Juliana Ametorwogo, Women’s Lead for the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana, told Ghana News Agency that the Coding Caravan 2023 seeks to raise the interest of young children at their tender age.

She said the IIPGH was collaborating with Vodafone Ghana to teach over a thousand females coding throughout the year to increase education and visibility about ICT and STEM.

The IIPGH has taken several measures to contribute to ICT education but believes that it is a significant duty to provide ICT education to every Ghanaian.

Source: Ghana News Agency