Moghalu advocates re-alignment of education curriculum

A political economist, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, says Nigeria must re-align its education curriculum in line with the rapidly-evolving global landscape. Moghalu, a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, also said that increasing importance of technology, science, entrepreneurship and teacher training in driving economic growth and innovation had also made the realignment compelling. He spoke at the Fifth Arthur Mbanefo Lecture in Lagos on Tuesday. The lecture was organised by the Arthur Mbanefo Digital Research Centre (AMDRC), University of Lagos. It had the theme: 'Education and National Development: Meeting Nigeria's Challenge in the 21st Century'. The lecture was part of activities to celebrate the 94th birthday anniversary of Chief Arthur Mbanefo, the donor of the centre. According to Moghalu, Nigeria is urgently in need of educational policy that can enhance human capital development and bolster its standing within the global community. Moghalu, also the President of the Institute fo r Governance and Economic Transformation, said the realignment must prioritise access and quality education by emphasising literacy, skills and national values. According to Moghalu, the strength or failure of any nation depends on the strength of its education system. He added that education remained the only pathway to development. 'This is the foundational truth. We must prioritise our education by allocating 70 per cent of the curriculum to technology, science, entrepreneurship and teacher training. 'Nigeria can better equip its youth with the skills and knowledge needed to compete in the 21st Century economy, foster entrepreneurship and improve the quality of education across board. See also FG lauds FGGC Sagamu on development of robots 'I also recommend that ethics becomes a compulsory subject in the education curriculum in Nigeria at both primary (in a simplified and elementary form) and secondary schools in a more comprehensive form. 'This will help to achieve the educational objective of creat ing good and responsible citizens,' he said. Moghalu also said that there was the need to shift the pedagogical practices of the Nigerian classroom from one that emphasised rote memorisation to a more intellectual engagement, creative thinking and experiential learning. He said that it was imperative to foster a connection between the academia and industry to improve the socio-economic impact of education. According to him, tertiary students require exposure to real-world challenges which their education is designed to help them to address. 'A well-educated populace not only enhances personal fulfillment, but also addresses local challenges, elevates societal well-being and fosters social cohesion. 'However, the current Nigerian education landscape grapples with many challenges, undermining the nation's human capital potential. 'As of 2020, Nigeria's human capital index, as assessed by the World Bank, stood at 0.36, positioning it 168th out of 173 countries. 'This is a marginal improvement from 0.34 in 2018, where it ranked 152nd out of 157 nations surveyed,' he said. The political economist said that the sluggish growth underscored the persistent obstacles hindering effective education of Nigeria's populace. 'For Nigeria to play a significant role on the global stage in the years ahead, it must effectively develop and deploy its human capital to propel national advancement. 'Given its central role as the primary purveyor of human capital development, the education sector assumes heightened significance in Nigeria's developmental agenda,' he said. See also Ex-Oyo Milad Gen. Popoola, others laud Maths bee According to him, understanding the intricacies of Nigeria's educational challenges is vital for devising effective solutions. He listed the challenges to include hindrances to access to quality education, erosion of education quality and inadequate financing. 'Investing in education, training, research and development. and supportive policies can help develop a skilled workforce equipped to drive in novation and create value, while also providing adequate monitoring and evaluation. ' The National Education Policy suffers from implementation challenges. Innovative policy reforms are sometimes crippled at the implementation stages due to factors such as lack of adequate human capacity, inadequate funding, and corruption,' he said. Earlier, the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Folasade Ogunshola, lauded Mbanefo, a former Pro-Chancellor of the university, for demonstrating love for advancement of education through support for the centre. According to her, AMDRC which began full operations in 2018, is a digital research hub where students and relevant stakeholders can have access to digital resource learning to advance research and post-graduate studies. She said that the centre had brought to fruition, Mbanefo's dream. The vice-chancellor said that the annual lecture series had since become the flagship event of the centre. 'The university of Lagos has been in the forefront of Artificial Intel ligence and digital learning. 'We have over 23 research centres and four innovation and technology hubs,' she said. In his remarks, Mbanefo, who turned 94 on Tuesday, expressed satisfaction at the operations of the centre. He urged the Federal Government to seek appropriate ways to encourage members of the academia. 'There is the need to recognise the role that members of the academia play in nation building,' he said. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Minimum Wage: Don’t violate human rights-PLAC tells FG, Labour

The Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC), a Civil Society Organisation (CSO), has urged organised labour and the Federal Government to respect human rights in their face off over a new minimum wage for workers. Both parties are yet to agree on a new minimum wage with labour insisting on N250,000 while the federal government has offered to pay N62, 000. The Executive Director of PLAC, Clement Nwankwo, said in Abuja on Monday during a Dialogue Session on Exploring Remedies for Human Rights Abuses that on no account should the face-off lead to human rights violation. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event, organised by PLAC, is in partnership with the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). He said the course of negations and even in the face of an industrial action respect for the human rights should be uppermost in the minds of the leaders of both parties. 'There is a struggle about minimum wage, whether labour is getting government to pay about N200, 000 to the least person or not. 'I t's going to be a turmoil and we must all prepare because it will come with challenges of human rights abuses. 'The struggle for human rights is an important struggle to entrench democracy. We have several instances today where people are detained without been tried'', he said. He urged security agencies to see human rights activists and CSOs as partners in progress rather than as detractors. 'It is important to understand that our work as human rights activists is we can use the agencies and NGOs we represent to advance the cause of human rights to better the conditions of living in the country,' he said. See also Edun to chair South-West public hearing on minimum wage Mr Simon Musa, who represented the Ministry of Police Affairs, said the police working to ensure that human rights violation by police personnel did not go unpunished. He spoke as a panellist on `Assess to Recourse for Victims of Human Rights Violation`. 'Any member of the public who feels that a police personnel has violated his or her right can approach us. We have handled so many of those cases and come out with results,' he said. Also, Mr Okoro Obioha, who represented National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said the commission was ready to provide assistance to those whose rights had been abused. 'If a person's right is violated and you go to the police, if the state is not able to prosecute and the victim gets access to justice, the state is seen as the violator. 'If a matter comes to us for instance, and it has to do with criminal prosecutions. 'And the commission does not have power to prosecute, we ensure that such victim gets the needed service from the relevant agencies of government,' he said. Mr Maurice Chukwu, of Amnesty International, said in many instance, some state security agency do not want to collaborate with the CSOs on matters of human rights abuse. 'The bottom line is that 90 per cent of the human rights abuses that we document are caused by the security agencies and the government and we ask them to be accountab le', Chukwu said. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Tinubu among heroes of Nigeria democracy – Benue NASS caucus

The National Assembly members, Benue caucus has described President Bola Tinubu as one of the country's living heroes of democracy and an exemplary leader committed to democratic values Rep. Philip Agbese, spokesperson of the group praised Tinubu's efforts in promoting economic growth, good governance and social justice, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday to mark Democracy Day. He said the president's dedication to the nation's progress is a testament to his statesmanship and vision. He also commended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Sen. George Akume, for his crucial role in supporting the president's agenda and ensuring effective implementation of policies. 'On this auspicious occasion of Democracy Day, the Benue caucus in the national assembly salutes and celebrates Tinubu, a shining exemplar of democratic values and a champion of the Nigerian people. 'We are honoured to extol the virtues of the president, who has consistently demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the grow th and development of our beloved country, Nigeria', he said. He said that Tinubu's leadership and vision had rekindled hope and inspired a new generation of Nigerians to embrace democracy as a way of life. 'We also commend the SGF for his love and dedication to the people of Benue and Nigeria at large. 'His selfless service and contributions to our nation's progress are duly acknowledged and appreciated. 'We pledge our continued support, loyalty and collaboration with this administration to ensure the realisation of our shared vision for a prosperous and united Nigeria', he said. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Support Marine Conservation efforts – Minister

Madam Ophelia Mensah Hayford, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI), today called on Ghanaians to support marine conservation efforts to ensure food security. Ghanaians, she explained, could do so by providing support to groups and projects that saved marine life, preserved marine environments, and advanced environmentally friendly fishing methods. Such actions would preserve biodiversity, ensure ecosystem services, maintain food security, regulate climate, and preserve cultural heritage, all of which were essential for the health of the planet and the well-being of both current and future generations. The Minister of MESTI was speaking at the World Oceans Day (WOD) Celebration in Ghana, under the theme, 'Awaken New Depth.' The United Nations General Assembly designated June 8, as the WOD to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean and promote public awareness on the importance of the ocean for all life forms on earth and actions for a sustainable oc eans management. Madam Hayford said Ghana adopted the same theme with the focus on exploring deeper understanding and collaboration among various stakeholders to significantly address the challenges facing the oceans and renew its commitments to attain positive ocean health. She said the ocean played a vital role in the planet's health and well-being, covering 70 per cent of the planet and 97 per cent of earth's water, and is vital for human life, providing food, shelter, livelihoods, and medicines. The Minister said it also mitigated climate change, absorbing 30 per cent of carbon emissions and 90 per cent of heat generated by rising emissions, adding that its estimated contribution to the global economy was USD 2.5 trillion annually. She said the ocean was enormous, and that we depended entirely on it, but had only explored about 10 per cent, with limited knowledge about its health and the greater implications and ramifications of human activities on the oceans which were still largely unknown. Madam H ayford said ocean pollution, overfishing, illegal fishing and piracy, coastal erosion, lack of education and awareness, limited infrastructure, funds, and enforcement, and Climate change and ocean acidification were some notable threats faced by the Ocean. She said the ocean's relationship with humans needed a shift to awaken new depths and focus on research, conservation, and sustainable practices. 'Collaboration between governments, scientific, regulatory, and non-governmental organisations is therefore necessary to restore its balance and vitality,' she added. The Minister said globally, there were noteworthy efforts across various initiatives to 'Awaken New Depth' to advance sustainability and ocean conservation, which included the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 14, among others. She noted there was the need to adequately conduct ocean awareness campaigns through events, social media, and stories to raise public awareness about ocean conservation and human activities' impact on marine ecosystems. 'We must also adequately implement eco-friendly innovations, encourage sustainable tourism, inspire individual action, support policy change, celebrate and support ocean champions,' she added. The Minister for MESTI called on all and sundry to unite in exploring new depths towards managing, protecting, and sustaining the ocean health towards achieving a bluer, safer, and better ocean lifestyle. Mr Ransford Sekyi, Deputy Executive Director, Environmental Protection Agency, said the oceans, with their vast blue expanse and diverse marine life were important to the existence on earth as it provided vast benefits to billions of people and supported a wealth of biodiversity. He said though the ocean was incredibly huge, and the complete reliance was on it for livelihoods, we had only investigated about 10 per cent, thus very little was known about it in totality. 'The impacts or effects of anthropogenic actions still remain a concern and it's well known that the ocean is in grave danger.' 'As we come together to mark this important day, let us reflect on and commit to a shared responsibility of safeguarding and conserving these invaluable resources for current and future generations,' he added. Source: Ghana News Agency

NDF commends Abass over Police Act amendment Bill

The National Democratic Front (NDF), has lauded the House of Representatives Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas for considering the Bill for an Act to amend the Nigeria Police Act 2020. In a statement by its Secretary General, Dr Abdulkadir Musa in Abuja on Wednesday, the group also commended the Chairman, House Committee on Police Affairs, Rep. Abubakar Yalleman. Yalleman was commended for his dedication to addressing security challenges in the country at all levels. It would be recalled that the Police Act Amendment Bill recently passed second reading in the House of Representatives. Among other things, the bill seeks to review the service years of police personnel to improve the experience and expertise of the police workforce. It also seeks to improve morale performance and job satisfaction, and address the shortage of experienced police personnel in the country. Musa described the legislation as timely in the quest for a more robust, responsive and people-friendly police. He said the amendment would not only improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Nigerian Police Force but would also lead to enhanced performance of personnel. 'This amendment bill, which seeks to improve effectiveness and efficiency of the Nigerian Police Force, is a milestone in the quest for a more robust, responsive, and people-friendly policing system. 'The bill's provisions include extension of police officers' retirement age and service years, will undoubtedly lead to improved morale, retention of experienced personnel, and enhanced overall performance of the force'', he said. He urged the Senate to concur with the House and for President Bola Tinubu to assent to it without delay when passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly. See also President Tinubu signs Student Loans bill into law 'We believe that this amendment will significantly contribute to the improvement of security and safety in Nigeria', he said. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Beige-Bank trial: prosecution demands proof to National Blood Service’s consent to investment transfer

State prosecutors have demanded proof of the National Blood Service's consent to investment in the trial of Michael Nyinaku, Chief Executive Officer of the collapsed Beige Bank. Ms Hilda Craig, a principal state attorney, asked a defence witness to produce documents to support the claim that the National Blood Service (NBS) gave its consent to the alleged siphoning of its investment from the Beige Bank to the Beige Capital Asset Management (BCAM). She insisted that just as the defence could not provide evidence to the 200 other customers' investments at his branch as a manager when their investments were allegedly moved to the account of the BCAM, a subsidiary of the Beige Group, it could not prove same for the NBS' own. The 200 customers at the witness' branch are part of the over 10,000 customers alleged to have had their funds transferred into a different account without their consent. The prosecution made the demand during the cross-examination of Mr Seth Adu Afram, a witness in the ongoing trial of M ichael Nyinaku. The cross examination followed the witness' evidence-in-Chief, debunking his witness' statement that it is not in bank practice to move a customer's fund without his or her consent. Though witness told the High Court presided over by Mrs Afia Serwah Asare-Botwe, a Court of Appeal Judge with additional responsibility at the High Court, that he could not provide it because it is an internal document and he did not have access to the documents because he resigned a month after the receivership, an assertion the prosecution did not agree with. He explained that his duty as a Manager started from where customers had agreed to the investment, then he would assist them to fill and their Internal Advisory Form (IAF), then, he would forward it to the Operations Department where the investment would be established. From there a certificate was issued and 'in this case,' he personally delivered the NBS certificate. 'In respect of the NBS, you have not brought any document to show that it agreed for its account to be debited,' prosecution said but witness disagreed and said,' the entity agreed that the investment be established, thus a certificate was issued which he personally delivered and it had no objection.' Prosecution challenged witness that if the documents existed, he would have presented just as he presented the other documents as his evidence. The witness prayed the Court to call the over 10,000 customers who prosecution claimed had been deceived to present their certificates because they had been issued with certificates, indicating that they were aware of their funds being transferred to BCAM. Ms Craig put it to him that the customers placed their investment with the Beige Bank not BCAM but witness disagreed and said after the Bank was upgraded to a Universal bank from a Savings and Loans facility, it could not offer an interest rate the Savings and Loans offered therefore instead of losing them to competitors, they were advised to sell BCAM, a FD product, to them which he described as no t being strange. He cited Ecobank's EDC's product which was not sold all over Ghana but was sold through Ecobank, thus, the Beige Group (TBG) also sold BCAM to its subsidiaries who were ready to accept. Prosecution pointed out that Ecobank in selling EDC product showed on the certificate that it sold that product to its customers but it was not so with TBG selling BCAM. Mr Afram answered that the bank after transition, rebranded to become a one stop financial institution, thus customers knew where their investments were, adding that none of them had complained after being issued with certificates. Prosecution again challenged the defence witness that there was no agreement between the Bank and BCAM in respect of the transfer of funds but witness could not speak to it because that decision, he said was taken at the management level. 'You are aware that CBG paid all the affected customers with funds provided by government,' Ms Craig asked but witness said he was not aware as he resigned a month after the r eceivership. Prosecution also questioned why during the receivership, defence did not raise any issue with CBG that some of the customers had issues with the BCAM's investment not the Bank so they should not be paid whatever investment they asked for. Mr Afram said no customer whose investment had matured at that time was not paid. Witness was queried as to why he was not a staff of BCAM yet he issued customers with certificates but he said he was only a facilitator to the investment processes. Source: Ghana News Agency

FG working to improve health well-being of citizens – Mahmoud

The Minister of State Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Dr Mariya Mahmoud, says President Tinubu-led administration is working to improve the health and nutrition well-being of citizens. Mahmoud stated this during the roll out of 'Renewed Hope Medical Outreach' in Kuje on Wednesday, to celebrate Tinubu's one year in office. The minister, who was represented by Dr Adedolapo Fasawe, Mandate Secretary, Health Services and Environment Secretariat, FCT Administration, said that Tinubu was putting measures in place to improve the country's health indices. She explained that the outreach was designed to provide free healthcare services to all residents of Kuje as a pilot area council. She commended the turnout of the residents to access the services, adding that service would continue at health facilities and would be extended to other area councils and rural communities. 'Today we have six different departments - antenatal care for pregnant women, general outpatients care, paediatrics, eye and dental care, nutr ition services, HIV, hepatitis tests and follow-up care among other services. 'We also have health insurance for pregnant women to guarantee continued access to health services for the next one year. 'We have more than 1000 people here to access various health services for free. 'We are assuring them that our doctors will see all of them and no one will be left behind. 'This government does not care about your party affiliation, age, sex or religion. It is a renewed hope for all,' she said. Mahmoud assured the residents of the commitment of the Minister of the FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike, to implement Tinubu's life-changing programmes in line with Tinubu's renewed hope agenda. See also Financial Times rating excites Neveah Ltd Also, Dr Babagana Adam, Permanent Secretary in the FCTA's Health Services and Environment Secretariat, assured FCT residents of improved and sustained access to quality healthcare services. Adam said that FCTA would continue to work with other relevant stakeholders to reach more FCT res idents with quality health services, particularly the poor and vulnerable. The Chairman of Kuje Area Council, Mr Abdullahi Sabo, who was represented by his Chief of Staff with same name, described the outreach as life changing. Sabo said that the council would continue to complement FCTA's efforts to improve the health and nutrition well-being of the people. Also speaking, the Gomo of Kuje, Alhaji Haruna Jibrin, who is the traditional head of the area, described the medical outreach as the first of its kind in the council. 'The whole place is really filled with people seeking all kinds of healthcare. 'This is a demonstration of Tinubu's Renewed Hope Agenda,' he said. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 500 gas cookers were distributed to women to promote clean air and healthy cooking. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Opuni Trial: Standards Authority does not determine the suitability of fertiliser on Cocoa plants

Mrs Genevieve Ofosuhemaa Mantey, Head of Material Science Department of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), says the Standards Authority does not determine the suitability of fertiliser on Cocoa plants. She said Authority had an office at the port and it was possible fertilisers had been analyzed and tested at their lab, but they would not know it was going been tested for COCOBOD.  Mrs Mantey, a subpoenaed witness for Mr Seidu Agongo, was speaking in his evidence-in-Chief in the trial involving Dr Stephen Opuni, a former Chief Executive of COCOBOD, led by Mr Benson Nutsukpui, Counsel for Agongo.  Dr Opuni and Mr Agongo are facing 27 charges, including defrauding by false pretences, willfully causing financial loss to the State, money laundering, and corruption by a public officer in contravention of the Public Procurement Act.  They have both pleaded not guilty to the charges and are on a GHS300,000.00 self-recognizance bail each.  She said there was no standard use of fertiliser on Cocoa at the Author ity and its catalog had only three standards on fertiliser. These standards were developed after June 2017. She said prior to 2017, the Authority used several international standards for testing fertiliser. The witness said K.K Amoah, a former Executive Director of EOCO, called a meeting and wanted to know why GSA produced two conflicting reports and it was the first time she had seen the Peter Papafio report. She said during the meeting, she explained the GSA report on testing of lithovit to them and she agreed that the two reports were conflicting. The witness told the court that from there, she was asked to write her statement and after the meeting, there was a second meeting held at Osafo Maafo Office around Ridge in Accra. Asked whether she could remember the names of the people, who attended the meeting, the witness said she could not remember the names but said she recalled Officials from COCOBOD and two officers from the Chemistry Department of the University of Ghana and EOCO. She said Mr Maaf o at the meeting wanted to know why the reports were different and conflicting; two reports from GSA and one from the Chemistry Department.  'So, we spoke about the different methods used in the analysis and the way the sampling was done, the probable batch numbers sent to the different institutions and the environmental conditions the testing was done,' she added. Mrs Mantey told the court that the samples were voluminous, so picking one sample was not representative enough.  She said at the meeting the analysts from GSA and the Chemistry Department also recommended that the samples could be flown outside to a credited laboratory for testing. She said they did not give any directive concerning the confirmatory testing by the two institutions, adding that she was not aware GSA received any sample for confirmation testing.   'GSA was not contacted to conduct a confirmatory test to resolve the conflicts in the two reports,' the witness said.  The witness said there was no agreement on any standard for fut ure testing of fertiliser in Ghana  She said the two institutions, who tested the fertiliser separately did not agree on the nutrients and elements in the sample and the sample size was different, and while the GSA received a liquid sample, the Chemistry Department received a powdery sample for the testing.  Source: Ghana News Agency

Democracy: NGO tasks citizens on being change makers

A Non-Governmental Organisation, the Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation (BOF), on Wednesday urged Nigerians to be the change they desired in their sphere of influence to birth a better and prosperous country. Dr Benjamin Olowojebutu, the Founder of BOF and also the first Vice-President, Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), made the appeal in a message in commemoration of Nigeria's Democracy Day Celebration. Olowojebutu said that growing needs and urgent demands made it imperative for citizens to become the change they sought. 'Can we genuinely itemise the changes we seek in the various constituencies of human endeavours we currently represent - academia, medicine, technology, military, sport, religion, business, politics. 'We have a long list of changes compiled in our minds, with strong expectations that someday the government and other revered people will make those changes and correct the aged errors. 'Pathetically, we have lived in the cocoon of such expectations for decades; hoping, trusting, assuming, a nd waiting, sadly wasting our precious time in anticipation of a nonexistent saviour to calm our frayed nerves and turn the tide of things,' he said. According to him, mere prayers and faith for a better society without a corresponding work will produce futile and inept results. The NGO founder said: 'I had a foretaste of this in the most profound and life-changing manner. 'For years, I have dutifully dispensed my medical expertise to people of all ages and classes. I have diligently observed certain lacuna and inefficiencies that I expected the government to address in our healthcare system. 'But a single event changed my paradigm. One fateful day in 2016, a drunk driver recklessly hit my car. This head-on collision resulted in a fatal accident. See also American Business Council, CIPE unveil forum to strengthen democracy 'I broke my right femur and was assisted to the hospital by some good Samaritans. I was not attended to for hours at the hospital - my vital signs were not taken, nor was I assigned a bed. 'Gradually, life was seeping out of me. Strangely, the doctors were ready to refer me to another medical facility until my wife and colleagues intervened by wielding their influence and connections. 'This swung the CMD into action, and graciously, I was attended to. 'However, this encounter spurred an unanswered question, 'What would have happened if I was just a peasant farmer?' Olowojebutu noted that the experience made him reevaluate his expectations and contributions to humanity, leading to the birth of the Benjamin Olowojebutu Foundation (BOF). 'As a non-profit organisation, BOF has conducted over 10,000 surgeries for indigent people free of charge. Giving hope to helpless people across the six geo-political zones of our nation. 'Previously, I never thought that was possible. Until I dared to start it alone. As an individual, we are more powerful and capable than we thought. 'However, to harness this inherent power, we must see things differently - seeing ourselves as the change we seek is a game changer while seeing ourselves as victims or mere commentators is a ship-sinker,' he said. Olowojebutu emphasised that to become nation-builders, citizens must improve their thought patterns, level of participation and commitment to achieve a better and prosperous Nigeria and Africa. BOF is a NGO which gives the less- privileged in Africa access to healthcare. It intervenes in fibroid treatment and removal; breast lump screening and removal; lipoma treatment and removal, hernia screening and removal, among others. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Work together to achieve the Agency’s greatness – General Manager

Mr. Kofi Owusu, the General Manager of the Ghana News Agency (GNA), has called on staff in the Bono Region to unite and work together to achieve the Agency's greatness. 'Teamwork would enhance performance and productivity,' he said and emphasized the importance of collaboration in achieving individuals as well as the Agency's objectives. The General Manager made the call when he addressed staff of the Bono Region in Sunyani during his working visit to the area. Mr. Owusu encouraged the workers to recognize and appreciate each other's strengths to create a positive working atmosphere that fostered growth and success. Everything could be achieved with a sense of unity and purpose among the staff, he said and urged them to be ready to build an ardent team by working together to achieve their full potential. He asked the staff to maintain joint efforts as one of their core values to help put the Agency ahead of its competitors and pave the way for a brighter future for the organization. Mr. Owusu acknowledg ed the individual's strength and talent, saying everybody's role was important and must be ready to support the organization's vision to move it a step higher since the Agency could not function properly without teamwork. He encouraged the staff to team up as groups to share ideas and views to achieve the vision and mission of the Agency by constantly organizing meetings to bring individuals together as a group to openly discuss issues among staff and the Agency. Mr Owusu entreated the staff to regularly be aware of new developments of the Agency to build on the capabilities of the team since it was prudent to take an interest in both individual and group achievement to produce perfect results. He said coordination would help manage, reduce, and solve all internal conflicts that could affect the performance of individuals and the Agency. The General Manager gave assurance that the Agency was putting things together to organize workshops to build the capacities of the workers and to solve some of the chall enges in the various Regions to help promote the organizations work. Source: Ghana News Agency