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WAPCo presents scholarship to 142 students

WAPCo presents scholarship to 142 students

The acting President of the Shama Traditional Area, Nana Kwamena Wieno II, who is also the Chief of Yabiw, has commended the West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCo) for consistently supporting the education, skills training and health needs of residents in its host communities.

The commendation was after WAPCo had presented scholarship awards to 142 students from a total of five communities in the Shama District of the Western Region and Tema in the Greater Accra Region.

The beneficiaries have been given full scholarship to enable them pursue their education at the tertiary level.

A significant number of them, 104, are from the Aboadze area (Aboadze, Abuesi, Dwomo, Lower Inchaban and Shama communities) while the rest are from Tema Manhean and Kpone.

Nana Wieno II said the scholarship package from WAPCo has always come as a great relief to parents who have difficulties funding the education of their ward especially at the tertiary level.

The beneficiary students are currently pursuing Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Law, Social Sciences, Actuarial Science and Mathematics while a few others have already completed their first-degree programmes.

Speaking at the ceremony, the General Manager Corporate Affairs of the WAPCo, Dr Isaac Adjei Doku, said the company has invested over GH¢4 million on scholarship programme for the past 9 years.

“We believe that in the not-distant future, our host communities will have a number of professionals who would contribute to the development of their communities.”

Dr. Agyei Doku explained that the decision to keep investing in its host communities was premised on the conviction that through such initiatives the communities will have the needed human resources to address emerging development challenges in the future.

The company used the opportunity to also introduced the Community Youth Enterprise Scheme (CYES), which is a skills acquisition programme where beneficiaries upon completion are given start-up tools to enable them set up their own businesses.

Each year, WAPCo supports ten young people from each of their seven host communities in Ghana to pursue their education.

Five of the beneficiaries are selected under the Scholarship Scheme while the remaining five are drawn from the CYES.

The CYES provides youth who have completed basic education but could not pursue further studies due to financial constraints the opportunity to learn a trade of their choice in a recognized vocational and technical institutions.

“As a result, we have constructed a number of school projects in the district; key amongst them were the Abuesi Methodist Primary School, Shama Model School Junior High School and Kindergarten school blocks, and renovated the Dwomo Methodist Junior High School,” he said.

Dr Doku said after the introduction of the Free Senior High School Policy, the company reviewed the programme to support brilliant but needy students to pursue tertiary education in Ghana.

He said so far, “we have supported 447 students made up of 339 students in the mainstream scholarship scheme and 108 students under the skills acquisition programme”.

Shama District Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) Afia Anoakoah-Quansah noted that WAPCo has continued to invest in the communities in which they operated and they must be commended.

Source: Eric Yaw Adjei||Ghana

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KsTU students stranded as TUTAG embarks on strike

Students of the Kumasi Technical University (KsTU), are disappointed as they found empty classrooms, following an industrial action by the Technical University Teachers’ Association of Ghana (TUTAG).

The frustrated students, who were taken aback by the Teachers’ strike, had no option than to go back to their hostels and homes, deserting most of the faculties and departments on the Campus.

Members of the TUTAG officially laid down their tools on Monday, commencing a nationwide strike to register their protest against what they described as poor conditions of service.

According to the Association, the members had been marginalized for far too long, as they were denied due recognition, especially in the wake of the upgrading of polytechnics to university status.

“We want equal measure for the work we are doing as university lecturers just as our colleagues in the traditional universities are enjoying,” Dr. Collins Ameyaw, the KsTU Chapter Chairman of TUTAG, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi.

He said the leadership of the Association had tasked the members “not to teach, invigilate, mark examination papers and submit results, and also attend meetings of any of the Technical Universities.”

Dr. Ameyaw expressed worry at the cumbersome promotion processes TUTAG members were made to undergo, saying the difficulty in a lecturer at the Technical University being promoted needed a review.

The Association is also demanding payment of members’ research arrears, which had been pending since the 2018/19 academic year.

“Though the government has agreed in writing that we are to enjoy the same conditions of service comparable to the traditional universities, this is yet to be implemented,” he told the GNA.

He cited how the ‘Tier-Two’ pension payment for TUTAG members going on retirement had still not commenced, despite repeated promises by the government.

“TUTAG members are currently made to use a Scheme of Service that is harsh, compared to those existing in analogous institutions, thus slowing down the academic progression of members,” Dr Ameyaw lamented.

In his estimation, Technical Universities faced numerous frustrations in getting accreditation for their academic programmes, thus hindering their academic growth, and this required drastic changes for quality tertiary educational delivery.


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Lecturers of Technical Unis meet gov’t as negotiations for conditions start June 29

Technical university teachers begin strike today

The President of the Technical University Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG), Dr. Akurugu Bingana says negotiations with government on their conditions of service will begin on June 29, 2021.

According to him, the association was able to secure a letter to this effect after a meeting with the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations amidst their ongoing strike action.

Members of TUTAG are currently on strike, which kicked off on Monday, June 14, 2021. They are protesting against poor working conditions and the frustration technical universities encounter in getting accreditation for academic programmes.

The National Labour Commission had earlier ordered the leadership of TUTAG to appear before it on June 16 to be heard and possibly have their concerns addressed.

Speaking on Eyewitness News, the president of TUTAG said they had a positive response after a meeting with representatives of the Employment Ministry, which had the Ministry of Education and Finance in attendance.

“The new development is that at the end of the meeting with the Employment Ministry and Labour Relations in which we had Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance and Fair Wages all representing, we have at least secured a letter indicating that we will be starting negotiations on our conditions of service on the 29th of June. This has been one of our issues, and it is good that we have been heard.”

On when the industrial action would be called off, Dr. Bingana said such a directive can only be taken at the association’s congress.

Academic work in the various technical universities nationwide came to a standstill following the strike by TUTAG.

Some students of technical universities, interviewed by Citi News on Monday, urged the government to have TUTAG’s issues resolved immediately so academic work could continue.


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Lecturers of Technical Universities declare nationwide strike

Takoradi Technical University - Ghana Education Center

The Technical Universities Teachers Association of Ghana (TUTAG) has commenced a nationwide strike today, Monday, June 14, 2021.

Members of the association have been urged not to teach, invigilate or mark scripts. 

The strike came off despite a directive from the National Labour Commission (NLC) for members of TUTAG to call off the industrial action and come to the negotiation table.

The Association is protesting the poor conditions of service and the frustrations the technical Universities go through in attaining accreditation for academic programmes.

In an interview with Accra based radio station, Joy FM, the National President of TUTAG, Dr. Michael Akurugu, said the strike is in force pending the meeting with the Labour Commission on Wednesday, June 16, 2021

According to him, their expectation will strictly be based on a permanent solution to their condition of service.

“We’ve had an invitation from the National Labour Commission to appear on Wednesday together with the various parties that are more or less in charge of addressing the issues that we’ve raised”, he said

“TUTAG as a Union is expecting nothing more than the practical commencement of the solution of our problems. TUTAG is not interested in long meetings, TUTAG is not interested in promises, because we’ve gone past promises. We have a lot of documents to show that we have been doing the same thing over and over and yet yielding no results”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Senior Staff Association of Universities has resumed work today after a strike for almost three weeks over similar concerns.


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