Conference on light source research opens in Accra (Jan 30)

Ghana is courting the international scientific community to have Africa’s first-ever Pan African synchrotron light source research facility on the continent. The facility allows detailed studies of objects ranging in size from human cells, through viruses down to atoms, with a precision that is not possible by other means. The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Prof. Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, made a case for Ghana when he opened a five-day joint Africa Light Source and Pan African Conference on Crystallography in Accra, where scientists from across the world are meeting to deliberate on the future establishment of a Pan African synchrotron light source research facility in Africa. The conference, which is on the theme: “Crystallography: a tool for sustainable development in Africa, attracted 300 participants from Ghana and other countries, including South Africa, the United States of America and Australia. Delivering a speech on behalf of President N…

Students Loan Trust disburses GH¢20.4m to applicants (Jan 14)

The Students Loan Trust Fund (SLTF) has disbursed about GH¢20.4 million to 16,637 students in the country's tertiary institutions for the 2018/2019 academic year. The beneficiaries include 1,500 fresh applicants whose applications have been validated by the fund.
The loans, which represent disbursement for last year, are meant to defray personal expenses, including fees, the cost of boarding, lodging, books and equipment and for other purposes that may be necessary for borrowers’ courses of study.

According to the SLTF, it received an average of 15,000 new borrowers in the 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 academic years.

The Head of Communications at the SLTF, Mr George Laing, told the Daily Graphic that the only applicants yet to receive their money were those in 49 institutions which were yet to present their lists of registered students to the fund.

He explained that the institutions were mostly small private institutions, adding: “This means students from those ins…

Working but starving; Informal jobs pay GH¢150 monthly (July 31)

The payment of low wages to employees in the informal sector in Accra and other parts of the country is making it difficult for them to lead decent lives.The low wages make it difficult for that category of workers to live on their wages beyond two weeks.

Even some public sector workers find themselves in a similar circumstance.
Wages in the informal sector in the capital vary from as low as GH¢150 to about GH¢450 a month, according to Daily Graphic checks.

Kitchen assistants at chop bars, shop attendants, private car drivers, house helps, seamstresses, hairdressers, watchmen, food vendors and traders are stretched to the limit, yet they earn incomes below the minimum wage, which is currently pegged at GH¢9.68.

The minimum wage was increased to GH¢9.68 in July in 2017 and further increased on July 26, 2018 to GH¢10.65.

The new wage, which represents a 10 per cent upward review, will take effect from January 1, 2019.

Ministry reacts
When contacted, a Deputy Minister of Employmen…

Moans of a people; villages named after genitals cry of neglect (August 4)

Their names evoke laughter, and for many conservative Ghanaians, such names are better mentioned in the bedroom or in whispers. So Members of Parliament (MPs) were beside themselves with laughter when the MP for Abirem, Mr John Frimpong Osei, mentioned three villages in his constituencies that needed electricity during question time with the Energy Minister.

Mr Osei sought to find out when those villages and many others in his constituency would join the national grid.His enquiries went this way. “Mr Speaker, I rise to ask the Energy Minister whether the Ministry has plans to provide electricity for the following communities in the Abirem Constituency, which are difficult to connect to the national grid. Kyiri Ahantan, Twe nyui su, Etwe nim Nyansa, Koti Ye Aboa, Hyoa Ye Mmobo… Kasabrofo, Asarekrom, Alhajikrom and Yaw Broni.”

The road leading to the cottages are hilly, bumpy and undulating

The House erupted into laughter, with some holding their ribs because they had not held tho…

SHS graduate admitted to Medical School can't afford fees (September 4, 2018)

A 21-year old senior high school science(SHS) graduate who has gained admission to the University of Ghana Medical School is struggling to pay his fees. Mr Joseph Doe Kumedzro, a product of the Keta Senior High School who completed SHS in 2016, and scored 7A1s in the West Africa Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE), said his mother, a petty trader who sold fruits to take care of his education from the basic to the SHS level, could no longer help him further his education.

Joseph who had A1 in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Elective Mathematics, Integrated Science, Core Mathematics, Social Studies and B3 in English, said he taught at a remedial school to save money to buy his admission form.

In 2016, he initially applied for admission to the Medical School at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) but was offered Biochemistry.

Fee paying
Luck smiled at him and he was admitted to study Bachelor of Dental Surgery at the University of Ghana, …

Night market booms on Graphic Road

A night market has sprung up on a section of the Graphic Road where some traders, including pregnant women and nursing mothers, have taken to sleeping on the streets of Accra  in order to sell their wares before daybreak.

Some of the traders doing brisk business on the Graphic Road in the early hours of Saturday also ‘Early birds’ operating around 2 a.m. at the entrance of the Graphic Press House.
The traders, some of whom are fishmongers, come from coastal communities outside Accra, including Senya Bereku, Winneba, Biriwa, Mankessim, Takoradi as well as parts of the Eastern Region, including Nsawam and Suhum, begin to line up under the traffic light leading to Kantamanto as well as the entrances to the Graphic Press House from 10 p.m.

Numbering more than 200, the traders sell wares such as fish, second-hand clothes, electronic gadgets, fruits and vegetables.

Some of them are accompanied by children, some as young as 12 years whose parents claimed they had no one to leave …