The University of Ghana Student Representative Council President, Esinam Afi Seade has been touting her administration’s achievement since taking over the reins of power as the SRC President for the 2016/2017 academic year.
According to her, all the programs organised by her administration so far, has seen the highest student patronage in recent times, citing the Akwaaba brunch, the ‘dare2start’ challenge, and exit strategy as evidence to back her claim.
Responding to questions from some sections of students and journalists during a press briefing and an open forum organized at the SRC Union building, she mentioned that most programs organized by her administration saw a lot more student patronage as compared to previous administrations.
However, the SRC President, Ms. Esinam Seade says that majority of students have not been candid enough with her administration and criticized unnecessarily in the early days of her administration. According to her, for any administration to succeed, students must rather support initiatives by the SRC and avoid badmouthing SRC executives. She went on to cite the manner in which some SRC general assembly members unduly scrutinized the budgets of her administration when they didn’t bother to find out why some components criticized was captured in the budget.
Despite an hour delay in the commencement of the event, The SRC President, flanked by her executives did very well to address all the concerns raised by students at the event, and went on to list what they called the legacy their administration will be leaving behind.
Disappointment in New Executives- Elect
The SRC President, Esinam Seade before she addressed students and journalists gathered, mentioned that she was disappointed not to have seen any of the new executives set to take over from her administration at the open forum. According to her, the new executives were the ones to benefit directly from the event.
Esinam didn’t mince words, she did not act diplomatic, In her very usual self she went on to state emphatically that she will not prepare any “additional proper handing-over notes for the next administration” aside the usual SRC documents the constitution mandates her to hand-over.
Less than 45 minutes later, The winning “TESCON-Sponsored” candidates in this year’s SRC election, led by the President-elect Daniel Otting Awuah showed up at the Union building for the event, but didn’t stay through the program.
Case of misplaced priorities ?
The SRC President, Esinam Afi Seade refuted allegations from such sections of students who had accused her administration of being selective in addressing the challenges of students. According to her, each program and policy her administration undertook was in the interest of students citing the newly launched Medicare Project as a testament.
However, SRC Vice-President Richmond Dompreh in explaining the progress made so far with regards to the the Legtube policy, mentioned that the administration was confronted with a lot of challenges at the initial stages with regards to its implementation and copy rights issues, but was however quick to add that all is set for a smooth take-over for the policy if the new administration wants to pursue it.
The SRC President also revealed that the office of the PRO-VC is yet to receive support from the various departments for the implementation of the policy. She however remained optimistic about the policy saying “Some years later, I will look back and be happy to say, I pioneered it”
The SRC and Commonwealth hall. Love lost ?
“To say the SRC has not been considerate with students at the commonwealth hall will not be fair to the SRC”- These are the words of SRC President when asked about the perceived rift between the SRC and the student leadership of Commonwealth hall.
Ms. Seade recounted how she personally intervened and represented the views and interests of students at commonwealth hall when the school’s management wanted to take certain critical decisions. She accused the traditional outfit of Commonwealth hall of not being forthcoming with information when anything happens at the hall. She further advised students and the Junior Common Room (JCR) leadership to re-think their decision of not participating in the activities of the SRC since such a move could come back to haunt them.
Funding for Miss Legon
In a bid to dispel rumors that the SRC engaged in prodigality, Esinam stated emphatically that the Miss Legon beauty pageantry event by the SRC was a Memorandum of Understanding reached with event company, Twitchouse and as such the SRC did not spend on the event.
She revealed that the event company was to take full responsibility for the organisation of the event and the only help the SRC offered was securing a venue and getting permission to hoist banners around for the event.
Back-and-forth with EC over funds for 2017 #UGDecides
In a rather shocking revelation, the SRC President revealed her administration went in for loans to successfully conduct the 2017 UG-SRC elections. According to her the SRC executives had to go the extra mile to get funds to the elections.
The General assembly was not spared from the blame game. The SRC President mentioned that the deliberate attempt by some members of the general assembly to antagonize the budget resulted in the poor showing with regards to a proper organisation of the 2017 UG-SRC elections.
Swimming pool death incident
When asked by Univers News‘ Mensa Duncan why the SRC had not conducted any investigation into the death of Dennis Akoto, the final year student who was alleged to have been found unconscious in the campus swimming pool, the SRC President mentioned that the best she could do at that time was to reduce the tension by releasing a statement to commiserate with friends and family of the late student.
She also added that it was not the responsibility of the SRC to investigate the death of the student, she was however quick to add that the SRC will follow up on the autopsy report and help the University of Ghana Sports Directorate with the needed investigations.
The LOPA report
Earlier this semester, a student pressure group known as Leadership, openness and people’s accountability (LOPA) scored the SRC administration an ‘F’ grade with regards to their policy fulfillment after a period of 180 days.
Responding to the report, Ms. Esinam Seade revealed that her administration was unaffected by the results since it was not a true reflection of the performance of her administration. She accused the leadership of LOPA legon for not making the necessary enquiries before going ahead with the report.
These were some of the major issues the SRC responded to, during the open forum and press briefing. On her part the University of Ghana SRC general secretary, described as disheartening the apathy levels of students with regards to SRC programs.
According to her, the University’s management sometimes take certain decisions because of the erroneous impressions that the SRC is out of touch with students. She cited the poor turn-out at the ‘Meet the VC’ event during the SRC week celebration as one of those instances that gives a poor impression of the SRC despite the fact that the SRC put in a lot of effort with publicity for the event.
She further advised that students of the University of Ghana remain the strength of the SRC and called on all students to be actively involved in the activities of the SRC.
Editor’s Note: The SRC administration after assuming office were confronted with a lot of internal challenges. The administration in the initial stages had to deal with alot of internal wranglings including the resignation of the then Public relations officer, Schandorf Ayirebi Acquah. However it is fair to say, this administration despite the numerous challenges have performed quite well.
The Esinam Seade led-administration have undertaken certain projects that can be largely described as successful. The current SRC administration has less than three weeks to leave the scene to make way for Daniel Otting Awuah and his team to take-over the leadership of the student’s council. I can confidently, its been good so far.
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