Daily Graphic – Help fight corruption, galamsey.

…Prez tells Bench, Bar.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has called for the formation of a grand alliance among the Executive, the Bench and the Bar to fight the scourge of illegal mining and corruption in the supreme interest of the country.
“We all know that if we do not get a hand on corruption, we will not be able to develop our nation….if we do not win the fight against environmental hazards, especially the battle against the galamsey phenomenon, we will have no nation to speak of.
“I am faithfully committed, as the President of the Republic, to doing all in my power to confront these twin challenges,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo made the call when he addressed the opening session of the 2017/2018 annual general conference of the Ghana Bar Association (GBA) which is currently underway in Sunyani.

Free SHS takes off
…with excitement, challenges
…But minority says it’s unsustainable

Parents and guardians of first-year students benefiting from the free senior high school (SHS) policy on Monday thronged the various SHSs across the country to register their children and wards.
The first day of registration, which also coincided with the take-off of the government’s flagship educational programme, was not without challenges.
Challenges with network, lack of prospectus and large numbers of students created some scenes in some of the schools, while other schools went through the registration exercise smoothly.
Under the free SHS policy, about 400,000 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates who qualified for admission to SHS are expected to enjoy free tuition, textbooks, meals, library usage, admission, examination, uniforms and Students Representative Council (SRC) dues.

Initiative to resolve Dagbon dispute launched
The Dagbon peace and progress now, initiative to rekindle efforts towards ensuring lasting peace and progress in the Dagbon Traditional Area, has been launchyed with a call on all stakeholders to help resolve the 15 year old Dagbon chieftaincy dispute.
The Northern Regional Minister, Mr Salifu Sa-eed, and the Minister of chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Mr Kofi Dzamesi, jointly launched the initiative at a durbar held at the Jubilee Park in Tamale yesterday.

Winners Chapel holds homecoming
More than 20,000 people have attended a grand annual homecoming celebration of Winners Chapel International at the El-Wak Sports Stadium in Accra.

The colourful celebration, which drew thousands of members and non-members of the church to participate in singing, prayers, games and other activities, was observed in all the various regions where the church has a presence in the country.
According to the National Pastor, Pastor James Muyiwa, the purpose of the homecoming event was for the various branches to fellowship together, adding that it was a reunion of thanksgiving to God.

He said the celebrations were being held in Accra, Cape Coast, Takoradi, Tamale and other regional capitals in the country.

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