Not long ago, Campusradar reported on the controversies happening on the soil of Valley View University, Techiman campus, pertaining to the recent past election that took off on the 7th of April, 2019, which a dead lock was kept on the declaration of Presidential results by HON. EZEKIEL TETTEH. In our previous story, Campusradar reported that, after going through a long day of voting to elect leaders (SRC) for VALLEY VIEW UNIVERSITY, TECHIMAN CAMPUS, the EC could not declare the winner after voting due to some alleged irregularities during the election.
But now the information gathered shows that, finally the dead lock is broken, in addressing the issues, Hon. Ezekiel Tetteh and his team posted on social media via various WhatsApp platforms of the institution, declaring his decision to accept discomfit and to step down for the EC to declare HON. AKURUGU PAUL as the winner and the next SRC President of the University. This was what Hon. Ezekiel Tetteh posted at exactly 10:37pm which was Wednesday,
“Good morning fellow students, with a heartfelt decision, we would want to announce our resignation of aspiring for the SRC Presidency position which we were vying for. We certainly know that there were valid inconsistencies during the elections making the result invalid but we thereby opt to step down in other to maintain stability here In VVU -TC.
We want to take this opportunity and thank everyone who subscribed to our dreams. God bless VVU
Long live VVU-TC
Long live SRC
Diving more into the story, yesterday, at exactly 2:15pm the EC and her fraternity finally called for a General Assemble Meeting to announce finally thier verdict and also declare the winner for VVU-TC SRC general election. At the end of the meeting HON. AKURUGU PAUL and his Vice, HON. OWUSU THOMAS were declared the winners for the 2019/2020 academic year SRC Presidency. Below were the outcome of the Vetting and the General election results.
From the (SRC) Electoral Commission, the following are the vetting results of the various portfolios for the (SRC) General Election 2019/2020.
AKURUGU PAUL (MAIN)
Vetting result- 86%
Numbers of votes 188
TETTEH EZEKIEL (MAIN)
Vetting result – 77%
Number of votes 177
Vetting result – 79%
Number of Votes 320
KYEI BAFFOUR EMMANUEL
Vetting result – 70%
Number of votes 340
TAHIDU ISSIFU WIDUMAH
Vetting result – 71%
Number of votes 305
DEPUTY ORGANIZING SECRETARY
Vetting result – 61%
Number of 320
FOOD SERVICE OFFICER
ASARE GYAMBEA SARAH
Vetting result – 64%
Number of votes 332
ANIMA ABENA ABIGAIL
Vetting result – 63%
Number of votes 305
Vetting result – 61%
Number of votes 335
BOATENG KWADWO FRIMPONG
Vetting result – 63%
Number of vote ——–
MIS. SAAKA MARIAM
Vetting result – 71%
Number of votes 367
NOTE: THE PASS MARK IS 60%.
Just after the declaration we had the chance to talk to the EC in the person of Ms. Nnaah Bintu Alhassan about the election and she said;
Declaring of results
Reporter: We heard two of the candidates namely Hon. Lordfred Baffour who was aspiring for the organizing secretary and Hon. Akologo Pascal who was also aspiring for the public relation office (PRO) were dropped from the competition at the vetting level, can you please tell us what accounted for that?
EC: “The process was done with due diligence and we had competent and unbiased 21 members on the vetting committee, who worked assiduously to make sure the process was successfully done and the outcome was the true reflection of all the candidates performance, and if I must say, we had our pass mark which was 60%. In fact, it was very sad seeing two of the candidates dropping out of the competition after vetting them due to one or two lapses, but as I said, they felt below belt and had to be dropped and it was a collective decision by the committee”
Reporter: What were some of the challenges you accounted during and after, as far as this election is concern?
EC: “We faced challenges like, EC executives whispering to electorates to vote for their preferred candidates, Alleged, issuance of already thumb printed ballots, Alleged issuance of more than the required number of ballots to students. However, all the above were addressed as soon as I was noticed”.
Reporter: What contributed to the delay of declaration of results?
EC: “what actually caused the delay in declaration was that, there were issues we needed to clear in other to ensure peace and tranquility after declaration. It’s obvious that, when elections are conducted without declaration, then, it means there are issues. However, the aftermath of elections matters most than the elections itself. These were some of the things that delayed the declaration of the results. Thank you”.
After our interruption with the E.C, We also came in contact with one of the candidate who was disqualified at the vetting level by name HON. LORDFRED BAFFOUR and he said:
Reporter: How was the feeling like when you first heard about the result from the EC?
HON. BAFFOUR: As human, sometimes, things like this happens to us for us to learn from our mistake, just that sometimes we do learn that in the hard way, notwithstanding,
Reporter: Were you surprised?
HON. BAFFOUR: I was very much surprised when I saw the notice myself and for the first time, it was some of my friends who called to informed me about the outcome of the vetting, upon hearing that, I was very disappointed, because, I do not know where I went wrong, but at the end of the day I was disqualified anyway, but still gives thanks to God.
Reporter: Do you believe someone was behind your eviction?
HON. BAFFOUR: If I should answer you, I can’t best tell but whatever the case is, or whoever was behind that, to me, does not matter again because life still goes on, what I know is they can’t stop my shine.
Though the jubilation on the side of the elected President and his fraternity was very high, we still had the opportunity to talk to him and he said;
Reporter: finally, how do you feel after hearing the declaration?
Presidents elect “As you can see am so excited, in fact, it has not been easy, we have really come a long way, we have waited over 48 hours after voting just to declare results, because my opponent and his team felt like there were some IRREGULARITIES AND INCONSISTENCIES, which have never happened in the history of the university before, but as you can see we are finally here.
I (we) will like to take this privilege to say Glory and adoration bee unto the Highest, God, for calming any storm of misunderstanding and disunity. May His name be praised now and forever for making His will known to the good people of VVU-TC community especially the student body.
My next appreciation goes to all our supporters from all modes (Regular, Weekend, Distance and Access). I humbly thank them so much for the trust you had in us to vote us as the next generation of the SRC Executives. In a special way, I also want to thank all our campaign members’ for the effort you made towards our victory.
I (we) continue to thank all those who didn’t vote for us as well, for we don’t believe you voted against us but rather it was a nice and legal way for you to express your franchise or opinion in a different dimension.
I(we) believe that, the success of every government depends on both the supporters and those who express their views in different forms (opposes). As the supporters support the leader to lead the way, others criticize and make sure the way is straightened. As we know good governance is the resultant of the forces from the supporting team and the forces from the other side.
Our thanksgiving would be anemic without mentioning Hon. Ezekiel Tetteh and Hon. Kwaku Boakye-Yiadom. Brothers, thank you so much for adding positive meaning to democracy. You made the beauty of democracy clear and bright to the entire community and beyond. God bless you brothers and I and my team wishes you better luck next time.
Finally, we find it difficult to settle on the exact word to express our sincere gratitude to you all. All that we can say is GOD BLESS YOU ALL for your time spent to vote us to power”.
We also got closer to Hon. Ezekiel Tetteh, and these were his comments:
First of all, I will thank u for the opportunity given to me to air my view.
On the 7th of this month VVU-TC decided who to lead them. The E.C chair tried all her best to make it free and fair, but upon all that, there were some foul plays that made the election to me not successful. I say this to the fact that; Some ballot papers were already thumb-printed from the table of the E.C, Some voters were given more than one ballot paper to vote, Some portfolio ballot papers got finished even before we got the end of the election. Before and after election, E.C is known to be the neutral body but in our case some of the E.C members were not able to play this role and even went to the extra mile of given directions to voters on whom they should vote for.
The challenges where uncountable, and it consumed our precious time and finances, and the rules were not followed by some of the E.C members, my brother these where some of the few things I can say for now.
We decided to step down for the sake of peace. Stepping down does not necessary mean that I have accepted defeat. I stood down for him just to give way to maintain peace, if I had not stood down by now, who knows what would have happened? From the intel that I received, some of the school authorities are supporting him to make him the President if I like it or not, some lecturers were attacking (verbally) students who they believe were on our side. And among students too, there were issues rising up that if care is not taking something else might happen. So stepping down is basically for peace and nothing more.
My brother, my opponent cannot bribe me because he doesn’t have what it takes. My integrity is not for sale and he knows that. I stand for what is right and that is what I am known for.
I wish him well in everything that he will do but I pray for him to have the spirit of leadership.
By: EMMANUEL GIDEON MAWUTOR.
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.
MASSIVE DEMONSTRATION HITS UDS NAVRONGO CAMPUS
At 10pm yesterday, the SRC President of UDS Navrongo campus, H.E Raymond Otivi declared a state of emergency, stating that there will be a demonstration the next morning.
As it stands now, there is a massive heat on UDS Navrongo campus. The Ultimum ECOWAS HALL gave the administration is due and currently, demonstration is ongoing.
As a matter of fact, every lecture hall has been blocked including all entries to the school campus.
Addressing the group demonstration this morning, the SRC President stated that, UDS WA campus did the same demonstration and thier power has been restored. Hence the need to follow the same procedures.
For the past 3hours now, no lecturer or administrators of the school appeared. This clearly shows that, voices has been heard and results will materialize soon.
So far, the SRC President is positive of an immediate response. Atinka TV is the only media house reporting so far.
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