The Local Organizing Committee of the University Students Association of Ghana (USAG) has justified its decision to charge aspirants who want to hang their banners on the campus of the Islamic University College, where elections are ongoing for a new crop of executives for the Association.
The Association says that the move is geared towards limiting the number of posters on the campus.
Earlier, some aspirants expressed dissatisfaction with the decision and described it as illegal.
But in an interaction with UniversNews, Diana Green, a member of the Committee, explained that authorities at the Islamic University College had cautioned them against indiscriminate posting of fliers.
She said that money will enable them to regulate the number of banners that are used on the campus.
“This campus for instance have given their rules and regulations that they do not want too much banners on their walls. So this is to reduce the number of banner we have. This congress for instance, some aspirants brought more than six banners, he or she has planned to paste it all over the campus. Where will the others place theirs and how will the whole campus look like? So the monies we are charging them is to regulate the number of banners that they put on the campus,” she explained.
Diana Green further shot down allegations that the Local Organizing Committee of USAG were engaging in corrupt practice by collecting monies for the erection of banners of aspirants.
“Mind you, the monies do not go into any individuals pocket and in no way has any of the committee members or myself taken GHC 200.00 for one banner. So under no circumstance should anyone think that we are taking this money for our own gains. It goes back to the Association or Committee, they also pay dues and capitations,” she stated.
She thus urged aspirants and all stakeholders in the USAG elections to discard thoughts that the Committee was “trying to milk money out of you”.
Given details of the use of such monies accumulated, Diana Green said “after congress should anything happen to an aspirants, these monies will be used to forfeit [pay] for that.”
The 20th USAG Congress is being organized under the theme “Fulfilling the potentials of University education in the Covid era”
Story by: Linda Essilfie-Nyame & Daniel Sackitey | universnewsroom.com