The UDS SRC DEBATE AND LITERARY SOCIETY of Navrongo campus organized its annual Fresher’s debate competition. This is an annual event used to usher these freshmen into the world of British Parliamentary Debate and Public Speaking. The audience were awed for they got more than what they expected. These young debaters challenged themselves, portrayed a sense of teamwork coupled with the art of debate and public speaking.
Ing. Maxwell Gyampo chaired the occassion with Hon. Kwame Jnr. Essumang, the president of the club as his co-chair. There were five teams in all and they were named after some senior officers of the institution;
Team Luguterah made up of Mr. Nuru Ahmed Mohammed and Miss Annan Deborah was named after the Principal of UDS Navrongo Campus.
Team Sackey consisted of Miss Bagni Tampuri Edith and Mr. Sa-ad Sufyan Bala and was named after the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
Team Gala, named after the Dean of Students was made up of Mr. Atinga Nsobila Joel and Miss Bagonluri Wendy.
Team Boansi named after the Vice Dean of Students consisted of Miss Adulum Hafsha Ismail and Mr. Nuoseg Philemon and finally Team Gyampo made up of Miss Atindaana Lillian and Miss Ali Hanifa was named after the Former Vice Dean of Students who is currently the patron of the society.
At the first round four teams debated whiles the spectators cheered on not only because of the splendid performances by the competitors but also to motivate and ginger them to give off their best.
After the first round, Team Gyampo was knocked out of the competition.The other four teams progressed to the finals. The contest became tougher and tougher for all teams were determined and prepared to be crowned as the gold medalists.
After series of arguments and counter arguments, POI’s and speeches amongst the finalists the time was due for the winners to be crowned.
Some contestants were mopping the tons of perspiration on their brow, others were brimming with excitement while others had anxiety written all over their faces while awaiting the results.
At the end of the day, Team Sackey became third, Team Luguterah- second and Team Boansi first.
The competition took an exciting turn when nine out of the ten contestants engaged in spoken word. The audience were marveled for the competitors were challenged to prepare their spoken word in a minute after they were given the topic.
This turn of the competition saw the combination of carefully arranged punch lines, drama and vast knowledge put to good use by these young talents all in a minute.Miss Serwaa Danquah Rowena carried the day as the gold medalist of the spoken word competition, Mr. Nuru Ahmed as the silver medalist and Miss Adulum Hafsha Ismail as the bronze medalist. These competitors put up a splendid performance as they talked about “music”, “words are powerful” and “mathematics” respectively.
Speaking to the President of the society, he said gradually the sport of debate and spoken word was finding it’s way into the hearts of students in the institution. He added that more time and resources need to be pushed into the sport to make it more attractive to the students. Lastly, he said with the National Ghana Universities Debate Championship and World Universities Debate Championship ahead, the society needs a professional trainer to handle the training sessions and surely with the vast number of talents in spoken word and debating, the institution will surely clock some laurels.
By: Adulum Hafsha Ismail
FORMER ARSRC PRESIDENT CONTESTS FOR KUMASI METRO NASPA PRESIDENT.
Former Ashanti Regional Students’ Representative Council(ARSRC) President, for the 2013/2014 academic year submits forms at the desk of the National Service Secretariat(NSS) concerning his intentions of running for NASPA President(Kumasi Metro).
Kwame Jnr. Essumang is a selfless, dedicated and determined young man who seeks nothing save working harder in making our world better in any way he can. His altruistic attitude can be traced way back to the time he was the house prefect in Prempeh College through to the time he became the President of the ARSRC.
He became the first house prefect at the local SRC level to contest and also win the seat of Presidency at the Regional level. His unparalleled style of selfless leadership earned him an award as the Outstanding Regional Executive of the 2013/2014 year group.
Following up to he gaining admission at the University, he established himself as one of the best wordsmith, public speaker and debater. The university still celebrates his skills. As a member of the Debate Society, Kwame Jnr showcased an unflagging zeal as member of the Debate Society of the UDS-Navrongo Campus. His drive to work wholeheartedly won him the affection of many as he was voted for as the Public Relations Officer and later President of the Debate Society in two different administrations.
He dreams of a nation and a world that is not deficient of the power of a better synergy; people forgoing race, tribe, religion, culture and other forms of differences, working hand in hand to move the nation and the world as a whole to a better level. A scaffolding approach where everyone achieves more for being part of the team.
He believes that his dream is achievable and sees his aspiration to being the NASPA President a steppingstone in making it a reality.
With the kind of experience he has under his sleeves in leadership, Kumasi Metro NASPA will be the beacon of Ashanti Region and Ghana should the good people of NASPA Kumasi Metro vote him into power.
Soon we will follow up on this story and bring you more information about who he is and achievements as a leader and what he has to offer at the Kumasi Metro should he win.
UDS 22ND MATRICULATION CEREMONY
The joyous moment, knowing you will be officially admitted into a university. This was written boldly on the faces of all freshers as the gravitated towards the school auditorium with high speed (laughter).
On the 12th of October, 2019, the class of 2023 were officially matriculated.
This ceremony has actually taken place on all UDS campuses.
Before the ceremony began, Ecowas Hall and Savannah hall were with full energy as they walk the resident freshers of the hall. As a matter of fact, it was the first time seeing Ecowas Hall and Savannah Hall having ” JAMA” together. It was all love.
As early as 8am the Principal together with his subordinates processed in. After the procession the school anthem was sung
A prayer was offered by the various religious groups on campus, the Christians and the Muslims.
The Deans and their associates were also introduced.
Meanwhile, the registrar was represented by the campus officer.
Before the matriculants sworn the oath, the principal delivered a speech.
Upon his delivery, he congratulates the matriculants on the day.
He stated that, the matriculation marks the end of admission and the formal admission into the school.
You need to know the reason for coming to school and the need to achieve that purpose. He said.
In his submission, all admitted candidates were admitted upon certain merits. Addressing the congregation, this year had an increase in application, a total of 19,183 of which 9, 479 was admitted.
Prof. Luguterah, the Navrongo Campus principal went on further that, out of the total 9,479, 51.9% were males and 48.26% were females. This has shown a significant increase in female applicants and admission.
This admission include student into the faculty of mathematical sciences, faculty of applied sciences and faculty of earth and environmental sciences.
Furthermore, he ensured the matriculants that, security and safety on campus will be regulated to ensure the safety and lives of students on campus. Addressing the issue of the campus’ lighting system.
On the issue of sex for grades which was aired few days ago, showing some lecturers indulging in the acts, of which he the principal strongly stand against. He stated clearly that the management of the school will not take it lightly with any senior member of the university seen or caught indulging in such act. We further cautioned the matriculants to be very careful,as not to fall victim.
Before ending his speech, he announced that, the school would be renamed very soon as it attain autonomy.
He advises the matriculants to be good students and welcomes them to the UNIVERSITY FOR DEVELOPMENT STUDIES.
As at 11am the matriculation ceremony was brought to an end after which the campus officer sworn every faculty into the school.
Another journey for the freshers, and we wish them all the best!
UG VANDALS THREATEN TO STAGE DEMO
Students of the University of Ghana’s Commonwealth Hall have threatened to embark on an intellectual walk should government fail to take action on their demands on issues of accommodation in the university.
Addressing the press on the perennial accommodation challenges facing the University, the JCR President of the hall, Prince Lumor acknowledged the Vice-Chancellor and the Government of Ghana’s response to their petitions, but demanded that further actions should be taken to address the issues raised in the document.
“We the members of the commonwealth hall Junior Common Room will be forced to go on an intellectual walk to drum home our concerns which otherwise should be the concerns of government and other relevant stakeholders. The passion to serve is accompanied by the desire to resolve issues and we shall implore every means to attain a positive result”.
Plans by Management of the University of Ghana to reintroduce a fresher’s first residential policy have also been met with stiff opposition by students of the Hall.
The JCR president urged the University to rather focus on partnering with private investors to construct hostels to augment existing ones.
“This proposal is intended to address the accommodation crisis on campus, we want to believe that this is just a mere rumor and does not contain any iota of truth but if it does then we humbly appeal that it should be aborted at its embryonic stage. This is because we do not understand why management will be tempted to think that when there are accommodation issues on campus, the best alternative solution is to displace the current students who are bonafide stakeholders of the university and make provision for those who are yet to become members of the University. We want to strongly suggest that the University of Ghana management discard such a thought from the very conception stage”
UG Accommodation woes
The University of Ghana has been battling with accommodation crisis in recent years with the situation getting worse each year.
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