A group calling itself a Coalition of University of Ghana Students against the abuse of power by the Dean of Students Affairs have stated that processes for transfer of power need not be halted.
According to the Lead Convener of the group, Kwesi Atuahene, the constitution of the University of Ghana Students’ Representative Council (SRC) outlines legal provisions to be followed after the declaration of official results of an election.
His comments come at the backdrop of discussions surrounding a handing-over-swearing-in ceremony for the newly elected executives.
“The constitution mandates who should do what and at what time what needs to be done. It is not imperative to the Dean of student or the SRC president to decide whether to hold elections or not, it is constitutionally mandated activity. It is also not at the core of the SRC president or Dean of student as to when handing over should be. There is a constitutional timeline to handing over and such procedures,” he said.
Speaking on our morning show, Campus Exclusive, he argued some students leaders are not working in the interest of their constituents.
“ Some of us, I mean the concerned students of University of Ghana have noticed some of these trends and we feel that, it amounts to abuse of power by certain people who are supposed to be acting in the interest of the student, rather decide to use these positions to act in the interest which is more a bit self-centered,” he indicated.
Kwesi Atuahene added that the group will employ every legally mandated medium to address grievances if executives of the council continue to implement ‘their schemes’.
“We are going to organize a press conference for the entire country and alumni outside the world to know that the Student Union they suffered for is now in a state where we have an acting SRC president acting over one academic year and we have intermedia who is also caught up in the web and cannot help us,”
we are writing letters to the Ghana Police Office Headquarters and we will copy the police station close by to state our route for our demonstration. We would ensure that we go further to now even move out of campus possibly, if we do not find the solution here, to match all the way to the Parliament of the Republic of Ghana to submit our petition,”he stated.