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The Deputy Minister for Information, Hon. Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, has tasked journalists and media practitioners, to publicise the good works of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and also constructively criticise the court, as excellence and perfection in international criminal justice is pursued.

The Deputy Minister for Information, Hon. Nana Ama Dokua Asiamah-Adjei, has tasked journalists and media practitioners, to publicise the good works of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and also constructively criticise the court, as excellence and perfection in international criminal justice is pursued.

She said this at the opening ceremony of the African Centre for International Criminal Justice’s (ACICJ) training programme for journalists and media practitioners, at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), in Accra.

The Deputy Minister noted that the goal of International Criminal Justice is to bring justice to victims of these various unlawful and criminal acts of individuals in society, adding that the ‘masses must know the ICC is our court.’

She reiterated that the court was created through the demand, and with overwhelming support, of African states and civil society alike, to overcome legacies of massive human rights violations, genocide and multiple civil conflicts.

She stated that the masses must know that the issue of the ICC targeting Africa is without any basis but rather it is African victims who are accessing their Court in pursuit of justice, adding that the mandate of the ICC is hinged on the principle of complementarity.

The Deputy Minister also said that the ICC is a court of last resort which only intervenes where states are either unwilling or unable to investigate and prosecute serious crimes.

She observed that public engagement is key if international justice is to have any significant effect beyond The Hague, adding that the courts must do more than speak, stressing that they must be heard. She added that media engagement is an obvious way to inform and educate the public about the work of the courts.

She charged the media to search and provide the right information to the various communities for whom the Court was created.

The training programme, themed, “International Criminal Law & Justice: An Overview”, aims at building legal capacity across the continent through innovative international criminal law education programmes and workshops for African journalists.

The ACICJ seeks to pursue research and scholarship, to develop international criminal law curricula and to provide training and short programmes for Ghanaians and the people of the African continent. It also provides a research and scholarly unit for deliberations on key issues affecting international criminal justice.

Source Ghana Justice.

Ms Kate Addo, the acting director of Public Affairs at Ghana’s Parliament and an alumnus of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, has returned to campus to mentor the current level 300 journalism students.

Ms Kate Addo, the acting director of Public Affairs at Ghana’s Parliament and an alumnus of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, has returned to campus to mentor the current level 300 journalism students.

For two consecutive days, Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 4, Ms Addo interacted with up to 300 hundred students as part of the Alumni Mentoring Program introduced by Peter Agbeko, the course lecturer, and fellow GIJ alumnus.

Ms Kate Addo, acting Director of Public Affairs at Ghana’s Parliament

Ms Kate Addo, the acting director of Public Affairs at Ghana’s Parliament and an alumnus of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, has returned to campus to mentor the current level 300 journalism students.

For two consecutive days, Tuesday, November 3 and Wednesday, November 4, Ms Addo interacted with up to 300 hundred students as part of the Alumni Mentoring Program introduced by Peter Agbeko, the course lecturer, and fellow GIJ alumnus.

The program is a new initiative aimed at developing and complementing GIJ students’ classroom education with practical and professional workplace experiences and career advice from mentors with first-hand appreciation of GIJ’s learning objectives.

The mentorship program promotes and supports a structured and formalized relationship between alumni and students during which alumni share their professional experiences, personal insights and also pass on career advice to the students. Student-journalists benefit from practical advice provided by top-notch professionals giving them an opportunity to not only get career advice from people who have been in their shoes but also by providing them life advice.

Both days kicked off with opening remarks by the course lecturer followed by a live tutorial during which Addo took the students through the steps involved in writing good feature articles. She noted that feature articles, also referred to as human interest stories differ from news stories in that they allow for creativity, provide a more relaxed pace and allow for greater detail, research and in-depth analysis.

Ms. Addo shared the following key points; “Stay focused – don’t bounce around between topics; be a storyteller- tell the tale you would like to read; if it doesn’t interest you, it won’t interest the reader; vary the pace – follow long sentences with short, punchy ones; use simple sentences to convey complex information.”

She focused on technique and also used the occasion to deliver some practical advice about life as a communication practitioner.

As expected, she fielded questions from students on both days.

Agbeko said the initiative also is advantageous to students because of their increased access to alumni, which can facilitate meaningful exchanges about career choices, key introductions, and job searches.

On feature writing, he said: “At the heart of all feature stories is human interest. Features differ in style, pace and structure from news stories. The writer can often have more freedom – and sometimes space – to analyse a subject.”

Columns, comment and editorials are all types of opinion writing, which also differ from news reports and have more emphasis on the views of the writer. Often the writer is an expert on their subject, or has personal experience which gives them a unique perspective. Columns can be highly personal, or may be on a specific subject.

The course lecturer added that “The five Features of Effective Writing are focus, organization, support and elaboration, style, and conventions”. He went on to explain that;

“Focus is the topic/subject established by the writer in response to the writing task; Organization is the progression, relatedness, and completeness of ideas. The writer establishes for the reader a well-organized composition, which exhibits a constancy of purpose through the development of elements forming an effective beginning, middle, and end.”

Other key writing characteristics are, “Style, the control of language that is appropriate to the purpose, audience, and context of the writing task. The writer’s style is evident through word choice and sentence fluency. Skilful use of precise, purposeful vocabulary enhances the effectiveness of the composition through the use of appropriate words, phrases and descriptions that engage the audience. Sentence fluency involves using a variety of sentence styles to establish effective relationships between and among ideas, causes, and/or statements appropriate to the task; Conventions involve correctness in sentence formation, usage, and mechanics. The writer has control of grammatical conventions that are appropriate to the writing task”.

On a final note, Addo urged the alumni to return to mentor and inspire existing students.

Thus far, three other alumnus, Messrs. Kobby Asmah, William Nyarko and Isaac Yeboah have interacted with the students, and we look forward to many more such engagements. By Peter Agbeko.

Eschew diversionary actions that derail good government programmes- Joe Osei Owusu

The first Deputy Speaker , Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu is at the head of a seven member delegation to Burkina Faso, attending the opening of the second ordinary session of their National Assembly.

The opening follows the sudden death of their previous President of the National Assembly, Dr. Salifu Diallo and the subsequent election of the current Speaker Bala Alhasane Sankade. In his maiden speech, H.E Sankade pledged to continue with the policies of the late Dr. Diallo that sought to bring development to Burkina Faso.

It also comes after the October 2014 rioting that led to the burning of the previous parliament. Referring to that incident, the President of the Assembly sated that it was an indication that the youth will take matters into their hands if they felt that those in authority are not seeking their best interest. He also spoke about the need to strengthen social dialogue and work to encourage social responsibility.

The opening is occurring at a time when there is tension all over the world, Threats of nuclear war is real and present. The President of the Assembly called on countries to discourage the proliferation of nuclear weapons and asked countries to protect their borders to avoid terrorist attacks. Special mention was made of women and children and other vulnerable groups and a call was made on government to protect them.

The 1st Deputy Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Hon Joseph Osei Owusu in a special address to the Assembly, urged the Burkina Faso legislators to ensure that laws passed reflect the needs and aspirations of the people they represent. This he said, requires the strengthening of the structures of governance to allow more citizen participation and to promote accountability.

Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu the 1st Deputy Speaker indicated that like Ghana, Burkina Faso needs to eschew actions that will the good programmes of government.

He called on the two countries to take advantage of their close proximity and form closer trade and political ties that will inure to their mutual benefit. The Ghanaian delegation is expected to hold further discussions on similar issues with their Burkinabe counterparts on Thursday before their return to Ghana.

Ghana Institutions of Surveyors,led by it’s president,Mr.Edwin Addo-Tawiah donate to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

The Ghana Institutions of Surveyors today donated items of Brand new three projectors and one computer which cost a total sum of GHC10,000 ten thousand Ghana Cedis to enhance learning at the institutions.
They also set up GHC15,000 fifteen thousand Ghana Cedis aside as fund to support students research.

This came up when the GHANA Institutions of Surveyors went to the KNUST to ‘re-afairm a memorandum of understanding they already have with the school.

Ghana Institutions of Surveyors to allow its students who want to understudy surveying can equally register with KNUST. Mr.Addo-Tawiah used the occasion to mention some of the affiliates The institutions of Surveyors have across the world to the vice-chancellor of KNUST.

The vice chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah Science and Technology Prof, Kwasi Obiri Danso,also used the occasion to explain some of problems that confront students who take up the Surveying course goes through,after successful completion of the course and finished with their national service.

He also pleaded with the Ghana Institutions of Surveyors,if there could be a way to assist these students in their research.

JEALOUSLY GUARD YOUR LEGISLATURE, Joe Osei Owusu URGES BURKINABES

The first Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Joseph Osei Owusu has expressed dismay at the attack that led to the burning of the Burkinabe Parliament.

Speaking at an interaction with the President and some selected Members of the Burkina Faso National Assembly, Hon. Osei Owusu Said it is rather sad that the organization that represents the people should be attacked by the very people they seek to serve.

He called on media partitioners and the various interest groups in the country to jealously guard the legislature which is the fulcrum of democracy for any society.

The 1st Deputy Speaker assured the Burkina Faso Parliament of Ghana’s preparedness to assist the country in its efforts to strengthen democratic structures. This , he said is imperative because of the common fortunes and close relations between the two countries, which he said, predates colonialism. The Ashanti’s of Ghana and the Mossis in Burkina Faso have long standing historical ties and remain closely associated.

The Speaker of the Burkina Faso National Assembly, H.E Alhassane Sakande emphasized the need for a concerted effort for the development of south cooperation. He expressed his country’s gratitude for Ghana’s continued support.

The opening ceremony of the General Assembly this afternoon is expected to be somber, and reflective of the sad events that led to burning of the Burkinabe Parliament.

The 1st Deputy Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament is expected to address Members of the Assembly at the Opening Ceremony.

GHANA INSTITUTIONS OF SURVEYORS SIGN (MOU) WITH KUMASI TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY.

Mr. Edwin Addo-Tawiah the president of Ghana Institution of Surveyors leads a delegations to sign memorandum of understanding (MOU). Today with Kumasi Technical University.

This MOU took place at the premises of kumasi Technical University to give a professional training and Award a degree and HND certificate instead of previous Diploma certificate.

The Acting Vice Chancellor of Kumasi Technical University Mr.Agbesi,explains some of the benefits and the importance of these collaboration that the students and the nation as large Will get.

The president of Ghana Institution of Surveyors Mr. Addo-Tawiah address the media explain their reason for taken such a decision and what they are looking forward to achieve for this collaboration between these two institutions.

First deputy Speaker leads Ghanaian parliamentary delegation to Burkinabe Assembly

The first deputy speaker of parliament the hon Joe Osei Wusu is in Burkina Faso at the head of a seven member delegation to attend the opening of the burkinabe Assembly on Wednesday the 27th of September.

The delegation was met on arrival by the president of the assembly. Discussions between the two focused on bilateral relations between Ghana and Burkina Faso, as well as ways of improving power supply in the two countries.

At the moment the Akosombo dam produces only about 35% of power consumed in the country.

Ghana therefore depends mostly on thermal sources for our energy supply.
At the moment, burkina fasso imports power from Côte d’Ivoire.

*More Exposure of Massive Corruption*

We need to protect our resources against these criminals parading as political leaders.

Lordina Mahama is a major shareholder of Heritage Bank with Agongo.

John Dramani Mahama has investments in Chad, Niger, Burkina Faso, Dubai, fishing vessels in Senegal, hotels and a gambling center in Mauritius.
($400,000 000) was diverted from cocoa proceeds to fund a first class housing project in Dubai christened “Dubai United Nation”

Diversion of funds from Ghana Gas and inflation of a turn key project from an initial cost of $90,000,000) to ($ 600,000 000.00)six hundred million dollars.

Lordina’s younger sister exported $1 billion dollars worth of gold ( within 4yrs- 2012-2016) to major Arab markets in the Emirates without paying relevant taxes by using proxy and dubious front men in Togo and Liberia.

It’s mindless to think of the rape that these people perpetrated on the very citizens of this country.

President Nana Addo will not be forgiven if there is not a COMPLETE PUBLIC EXPOSURE of what has been uncovered.

Lordina Mahama, and her husband have been begging the King of Ashanti, Otumfo Osei Tutu to plead on her behalf. …There should be no mercy for anyone who has stolen the taxes of the poor Ghanaian in the past!

They stole with impunity, believing they would be protected by political power and must face the law to prove their innocence.

($52,000,000) fifty two million dollars transferred from Bank of Ghana to an Indian security firm linked to Alfred Mahama .

The same Alfred supplied high speed boats to marine police for one million dollars each which turns out to be unused equipment from Poland which currently are not functioning and the company of origin can not be traced.
More, and more and the list is endless.

The family of John Mahama who have stolen millions from the country must be made to refund every cedi stolen plus accrued interest and prosecuted to serve as deterrent to others!

Forwarded as received.