President of the National Union of Ghana Students(NUGS) Mr. Michael Paa-Quecy Adu has said the Union will be immunized from the control of political influence under his watch. The union is widely said to be beleaguered by political parties – with its leaders often dancing to the political rhythms of their pay masters.
But speaking at a hand over ceremony that saw the swearing in of new executives for the Union, Mr. Adu rued the phenomenon and underscored the need for financial independence of the Union, a situation he argues will immunize the union from external control. He promised to position the union in a manner that will attract funding to curb the situation.
“A Key issue that we as a national secretariat would be addressing would be the financial independence of our Union and the positioning of our structures to be able to attract funding and generate funds much enough to run our affairs. As your President, I am committed to bring sustainable solutions to this issue; in so doing, we immune our Union from any external control and limit the participation of inordinate aspirations in NUGS” Mr. Adu stressed.
He called on his compatriots to remain the conscience of the nation in order to build a political instrument dedicated to the true values of nation building, patriotism and students solidarity.
The election that elected Mr. Adu and his six other national executives was fraught with controversies, court case and long standing disputes.
The Vetting Committee disqualified Mr. Adu from the race on grounds that he failed to provide sufficient documentation attesting to his status as a student. However, the judicial board of NUGS presided over by Justice Paul Addah overturned the results.
The controversy lingered even on the day of swearing in as a caucus believed to be from one of the leading political parties in Ghana, sought to place an injunction on the swearing in ceremony. This delayed the ceremony for more than forty-five minutes.
Mr. Adu popularly known as P.K was sworn in together with Paul Gyan as Coordinating Secretary, Justina Panford as Financial Controller, Maud Korah as Women’s Commissioner, with Yusif Ali as Treasurer, Slyvester Obeng as Projects and Programmes Secretary, McMartey Lawer as Education and Democratization Secretary and Gideon Odame as International Relations Secretary.
Paa-Quecy Adu takes over the reins of power from Prosper M. Dzitse.