The Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana has declared that it is moving to sanitize what has become a divided and an overly politicized front of the National Union of Ghana students. The position of the hall follows the current struggles within the rank and file of the union which has led to the break-away and formation of three (3) different bodies, all claiming legitimacy in the name of the association.
Speaking on Campus Exclusive today [December 17], Prosper Smith Boahene, the immediate past President of the Junior Common Room (JCR) of the Commonwealth Hall maintained that the Vandal City is the only legitimate body that can facilitate the unification of the National Union of Ghana Students. He justified this by saying that, being the place of formation of NUGS, it wields enough authority to move in to call the various factions to order.
‘By far, we remain the only legitimate body which can unify the divided front of NUGS. The union was birthed in the Commonwealth Hall and that is why we are moving to bring them back to order’, he noted.
Corroborating the position of the former JCR President, Prince Lumor, the substantive JCR President of the hall maintained that, the current status of NUGS calls for a strong force to mediate and negotiate for the resolution of the lingering feud. This assertion follows a recent communique issued by the hall announcing its intention to initiate a peace accord in the coming weeks.
‘We are just trying to solve some of the issues which bedevil students and by that we expect everyone to get on board. The SRC’s have tried to achieve results but haven’t been successful. Knowing that the union was birthed in the Commonwealth hall, we can’t sit for things to continue being like this’, he highlighted.
They both stressed that if the attempt to get the different sides to sit and iron out the issues, they will go ahead to form a new union which will spearhead student advocacy until a unified NUGS is established.
For sometime now, the leadership of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has been polarized and divided on partisan lines, giving room for the birth of different factions, all claiming and parading themselves as the true leadership of NUGS. As a point, there were three different leaderships with Mohammed Gombilla and Richmond Tinkaro leading two of the factions believed to be NDC and NPP.
In November, the Students Representative Council of the University of Ghana stressed that it is committed to withdrawing from the National Union of Ghana students in accordance with a resolution of the General Assembly to the effect of an immediate exit of the UG SRC from NUGS. The SRC of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology also hinted of moving out of NUGS if there was no amicable resolution of the ongoing fracas.
Subsequently, a number of other member unions on the various blocs of NUGS have hinted of their withdrawal from the mother union of all students in Ghana mainly because the Union appears to be failing on the cause for which it was formed.
By: Manuel Koranteng/universnewsroom.com