The General Assembly of the University of Ghana SRC has expunged the proposal to charge ¢100 for nomination forms and an accompanying ¢1000 as filing fee for aspirants in the 2019 SRC elections.
This was part of its scrutiny of the Constitutional Instrument tabled before the house of by the Electoral Commission.
At the third sitting of the General Assembly , the house was divided on the issue of filing fee for this year’s elections.
A section of the house argued in favor of the stipulated GH¢1100 for picking up forms and filing of same opined that the move would help cushion the electoral commission in its expenses and ultimately aid in cutting out the possibilities of electoral excesses owing to financial constraints.
‘It is hereby stated that, nomination forms for the 2019 SRC elections shall be obtained at a cost of GHC100.00 for each available portfolio.
In this regard, all Presidential aspirants together with their Vice Presidential aspirants and all other aspirants shall also submit their nomination forms at a non-negotiable fee of GHC1000.00 constituting filing fees’, Rule 1(c) of the proposed CI read.
The CI further read, ‘the essence of the above financial obligations is to help supplement the coffers and expenses of the Electoral Commission in the performance of its roles in a manner that does not overburden the Student fund when contingencies arise.
Additionally, the Commission intends to increase the level of respectability and accord attached to the SRC portfolios hence this measure. For the avoidance of doubts, all such monies accrued; together with other expenses of the commission shall be duly audited in pursuance of article 61, clause 2 of the SRC constitution’.
Though the Electoral Commission defended its intent for including that provision in the CI, some other members of the house believed that such a clause only unduly burdened the average student and ultimately rendered the leadership of the SRC a birthright of the rich.
Adding to that, they argued that the constitutional provisions in that regard were clear as it directs the expenditure of the Electoral Commission to be charged on the SRC account.
Article 39 of the SRC constitution which talks about the expenses of the Electoral Commission succinctly captures and charges the funding of the activities of the commission on the Student Fund.
According to article 39, ‘the administrative expenses of the electoral commission shall be charged on the students fund’.
In previous years, the norm had been to allow for aspirants to pick forms at no cost.
By a resolution of the General Assembly, the House unanimously agreed to expunge that clause which sought for aspirants to pick forms for the available UG SRC portfolios at a cost of GH¢1100 before the CI was approved.
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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.