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16.10.2005 Regional News

Chemu Secondary School honours two female journalists

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Tema, Oct. 16, GNA - Chemu Secondary School in Tema, on Saturday honoured two female journalists at her 23rd Speech and Prize-giving Day. The journalists, Ms Felicia Yeboah, Tema Municipal Manager of the Ghana News Agency, and Ms Kate Baaba Hudson, Education Editor of the Daily Graphic, were among 24 personalities, who had distinguished themselves in their various fields within society. They were presented with the school's highest honours-medal and sach, known as the "Order of Chemu."

The accompanying citation described them as hardworking journalists, who had over the years, made positive contributions towards the development of the school.

Some of the other honoured personalities were Dr Sylvia Deganus, Gynaecology/Obstetrician of Tema General Hospital, Dr Kwame Beecham of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Ms Mansa Bansan, Managing Director of the Tema Development Corporation and the Most Right Reverend Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, Catholic Archbishop of Accra.

The day, which also marked the launching of the school's silver jubilee, and the inauguration of the Naval Cadet Corps, was observed under the theme: "Discipline, Integrity and Hardwork-The Hope for Ghana's Future".

Speaking at the function, Mr Emmanuel Dei-Tumi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Foundation for Future Leaders International, called on Ghanaians, especially the youth to strive hard to achieve excellence to promote their growth and that of the nation as a whole.

Mr Dei-Tumi called for attitudinal change among Ghanaians, saying, they should eschew negative tendencies that inhibited their development in all sphere of lives.

Rather, he said, they should tackle their jobs with hard work and discipline, which involves self-denial by letting go off some physical appetites and passions.

Discipline, he said, was the "first step towards change and a trait we all needed to acquire, since in his view, Ghanaians should do away with unproductive activities, because nothing could be achieved without discipline".

Mr Dei-Tumi stressed the need for people to have focus and work hard towards achieving goals, without which, he said, to excel in life would always be a mirage.

The CEO pledged financial contributions towards the development of the school, which included 20 million cedis towards the upcoming silver jubilee celebration, two million cedis for the best female teacher, a scholarship for the school prefect, and the payment of the school fees of the most needy but brilliant student. In a welcoming address, Mr George Avorkliyah, headmaster of the school said in line with its motto: "Discipline and Hardwork", the tutors instil discipline in the students, and urged parents to co-operate with the administration in any disciplinary measure adopted by the school.

He appealed to the management of the GetFund to assist in constructing a science laboratory for the school, since the present one was in a deplorable state, adding that, the construction of the teachers' accommodation had come to a stand still. Master Zakaria Mashood was adjudged the best all-round student and was presented with prizes.

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