Student Leaders Advised Against Demonstrations And Vandalism
The Volta Regional Deputy Director of Ghana Education Service (GES), Rev. Samuel Sevor, has appealed to student leaders not to employ unproductive techniques and activities such as vandalism, demonstrations and other forms of riots as tools for registering their grievances against authorities.
Rather, he urged them to adopt better forms of consultative engagement with authorities. He said, they can also broaden their consultative horizon to include other stakeholders who might help in proffering solutions to the challenges facing students.
“Unproductive techniques and activities such as vandalism, demonstrations, strike, hooliganism, student riots, just to mention a few, as tools for registering their grievances against authorities should be consigned to the past,” he said, at a ceremony to inaugurate and induct the first executives of the Volta Regional Bloc of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) at the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) on Friday, 17th March, 2017.
Rev. Sevor, who represented the Volta Regional Minister, stated that, the time has come for students leaders to use dialogue and the three Cs: Co-operation, Collaboration and Consultation in their routine administrative activities to address the needs and aspirations of members of their associations or unions.
In his inaugural speech, the president of Volta Regional Bloc of NUGS, Mr Divine Kporxa expressed his appreciation to Jullian Cobinna’s led administration for working towards the establishment of the Volta Regional Bloc as mandated by the constitution of NUGS.
He said, although it has been stipulated in the constitution to have regional blocs all over the country, the union has not been able to fulfil this constitutional requirement over the years. He thanked the National executives of NUGS and the current president, Mr Jullian Cobbina for their contributions towards the setting up of the Volta bloc.
The president used the opportunity to outline his plans for the region, saying the union will embark on community-based volunteerism projects and also organize empowerment seminars and programs to offer vital information to today’s graduates on how to survive in this 21st century.
He decried the rising cases of suicide among students in the country saying, “Taking our lives should not be considered an option when we are found guilty of an act, angry, in despair, when stigmatized, lonely or depressed”.
The guest speaker, Dr Eyram Asinyo observed that, often when the discussion arises about re-structuring the educational system, reference is made only to formal education.
She said the aspect of emotional intelligence should not be lost in the discussion. This, she said will enhance self-mastery.
She stated that systems should be created to help individuals and families to identify their strengths and competencies in order to choose appropriate programs to study and subsequently the profession or career to practice.
On the content of the educational curriculum, Dr Asinyo intimated that recommended reforms must be based on sound scientific evidences. She added that the mode of delivery and examinations must also be looked at holistically.
She spoke on the theme: ‘redefining education in the Volta region: The fulcrum to our development’.
The Volta Regional Bloc of NUGS becomes the principal and legitimate mouthpiece of all students in the region and it comprises of all public and private universities, university colleges, colleges of education, colleges of nursing and midwifery and second cycle institutions.
Below are the names of newly elected Executives:
Kporha Divine – President
Baba Abdul Hakim- General Secretary
Hatekah Kennedy- Treasurer
Gbediame Mac-Evanson- Coordinating Secretary
Ameleke Kwadzo Bless- Education and Democratization Secretary
Gidigasu Israel E. K. – Programmes and Projects Secretary
Kuapah Evans Dzidula- Press and Information Secretary
Keku Matella E- Women’s commissioner
Gokah Saviour- Chief Justice
Asare Derrick- Justice of the Court
Sappor Catherine Adzo- Finance Committee Chairperson
Agboni Nicholas Kelvin- Finance Committee Deputy Chairperson