The University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG) in its mission to contribute its quota, as an academic and intellectual community, to the national development agenda through constructive engagement with the people, agencies and organizations which have a stake in the socio-cultural, economic growth, in collaboration with Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) has paid an official visit to the University for Development Studies – Navrongo Campus to discuss the SSNIT Info Shop.
The campaign is targeted at educating students on their rights to social security and preparing them to take interest in their retirement planning even before they start working.
The union, seeks to throw more light on its activities as an Insurance company, with joy. The union would elaborate more on its operations and the benefits one would accrue as a registered member.
Personalities scheduled to talk under the program dated on Saturday, 6th of April 2019 at the school’s auditorium, 9:00 am prompt includes;
The Director General of SSNIT Ghana; Dr. John Ofori-Tenkorang, Prof. Albert Luguterah (Principal, UDS Navrongo campus), President of USAG, Kingsley Sarpong Akowuah and the Central SRC president, Emmanuel Kofi Abotsi. You should not miss out on the program because; there’s going to be one-on-one interaction with SSNIT Director General (to enable you broaden your network. The key to business, and a successful job hunt, is building strong relationships over time with people), there would be free SSNIT Biometric Registration, Universal E-Zwich registration, free USAG/SNNIT branded lacoste T-shirt and item 13 is your right, it would be in abundance.
Let’s get ourselves educated and secure our tomorrow.
By: Mark Abakah Amoah
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UG: Beyond the Pen- A new direction in secretaryship.
Beyond the Pen, Redefining the Role of the Secretary was organised by the Secretary Consortium under the auspices of the Office of the 61st General Secretary of the UGSRC, Cornelia Djordjormey (LadyCornelia).
Beyond the Pen was to enlighten secretaries about the importance of their role in the organisation they find themselves and that their role transcends just taking minutes and keeping accounts of meetings. This program was to redefine their role and let them understand that they have much to contribute in the shaping of the institutions or groups they represent.
Some of the participants were, Secretaries of Junior Common Rooms (JCRs), Departmental Associations, Clubs and Organisations and Religious groups.
Secretaries of UG- Accra City Campus GIJ, GIMPA, UCC, UPSA were in attendance.
Invited Student leaders and most aspiring student leaders were present as well.
The Dean of Students Secretary Joyce Bentil Annan, spoke first, perhaps, because she had other equally important things to do.
She touched on the duties of a Secretary, and amongst them are that:
• they’re responsible for the management of data in the office.
• they are to uphold confidentiality, thus keep private info from the public.
• they help to keep the organization’s projects on strict timelines.
• they scrutinise budgets to make sure that they conform to statutes of the organization.
Secretaries are expected to:
• read extensively, in order to provide more services;
• resolve to improve their output seasonally/annually; and
• know the temperaments of their senior colleagues and co-workers, so they can cooperate, amongst others.
Derrick Schandorf Ayirebi Acquah was the MC, and he spoke on minutes writing.
He defined a minute as a document that reflects the highlights of salient details in a meeting.
He gave the features of a minute. He said it captures the:
• Matters Arising
• Acceptance of Order Paper
• Suggestions, Resolutions
He mentioned that, in a meeting, opiners names are supposed to be attached to their opinions.
He answered a question which sought the difference between a resolutionary and a procedural minute.
His answer was, with a resolutionary minute, on decisions arrived at are recorded, but with a procedural minute, all key events, including the deliberative and decision aspects are captured.
Dr Alidu Seidu, a senior lecturer at the Political Science department spoke on building strong networks . His was an interactive session.
During the interaction, some stumbling blocks to networking were highlighted. Some are:
• Bad follow-up methods
• Incompatibility of fields
• Low development/branding
Significance of networking:
• A form of investment
• Makes one visible
• A source of knowledge/information
He mentioned that networking can be done in both formal and informal ways.
How networking is done:
• People selection
• Proving ones worth
• It should be a win-win outcome
• Credibility should be established
• Using social Media
He mentioned that “we’re to quit networks that influence us negatively.”
Dorcas Aboraa Sika Marfo, former UGSRC Secretary spoke on personal branding.
She said “personal branding is how we’re perceived by others. It goes beyond physical appearance.”
She mentioned that the most of our work toward personal branding should go into our:
• Soft Skills
• Belief System
She mentioned that we should not be selective in dealing with people, and do the right things at all times.
Honourable Oppong Nkrumah (Minister for Communications) was the guest speaker, but could not make it due to the road accident at Kintampo which demanded his presence.
Derek Sage – Mensah Sarbah Hall JCR Secretary- Comment
“It was a very insightful program. I got to learn of revolutionary and procedural minutes on the day.”
He further said, “I also liked the fact that it wasn’t a UG-only thing; Secretaries from other schools were invited.”
This is another milestone for the promising Lady Cornelia, a seminar of this sort is worth the purse of the SRC. We hope subsequent leaders will make it an annual event.
GTUC Wocom in collaboration with Extraordinary Women presents Womentrepreneur.
Miss Irene Selina Owusu through her office as the Women’s Commissioner at Ghana Technology University College Kumasi Campus partnered with Extraordinary Women to organise Womentrepreneur.
Womentrepreneur is a program unlike any other that focuses on the exposure and training of women in entrepreneurship.
The program brought a seasoned entrepreneur and speakers to train the ladies and gentlemen of GTUC -Kumasi Campus.
Mrs. Marilyn Owusu is the Chief Executive Officer of ACE Consult Ltd which is a
Management and Educational Consultancy. She has over 16 years of
experience as a Management Consultant and Public Speaker and established
ACE Consult Ltd 12 years ago. ACE Consult has worked with over 100
companies and institutions, offering management and educational
consultancy, training and recruitment services.
She was the speaker at the seminar.
From her wealth of experience as an entrepreneurship guru, she said basically anyone can start a business with as little money as possible. Her opinion was that no one has to wait to get more money before starting a business because that will only delay the process. With that little amount, you can come up with something and never relent on your dedication and determination on your idea for that is the surest way to make the dream a reality.
The participants had a lot to learn from the speaker and sought to have more of her some other time.
Miss Peggy Josephine Oblim, the MC for the seminar had the view that women need to be liberated and that must come in line with them being set on a solid foundation. She believes that can only work through entrepreneurship.
Miss Theresa Nyame shared similar belief with Miss Peggy but she believed what had been the missing part in such seminars was its practicality. She said for the first time, this is one seminar that gave participants a clear practical approach to entrepreneurship and for that she was happy to have sat under the tutelage of Mrs Marilyn Owusu.
Miss Irene Selina Owusu said the motive was to direct the ladies on the most practical path to entrepreneurship and she was glad the participants were not disappointed.
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