The National Union of Ghanaian Students (NUGS) has commenced its 50th annual delegates’ congress and anniversary. The congress is set to discuss the educational highlights of all NUGS stakeholders across the country. This year’s congress portrays the theme “Building a Modernized Society with the influence of Quality Education; Challenges, Lessons and Prospects for the Ghanaian Policy Maker – The NUGS Perspective” and is taking place in the St. Francis College of Education in Hohoe, the Volta Region.
As this year’s congress marks the impeccable golden jubilee of NUGS, the deliberations on the theme are expected to propound solutions and answers to the Ghanaian policy maker on the influence of quality education in the country. “We have been around for at least 50 solid years, what can we show for it as a Students Union? Are students better off or worse off? Where have we succeeded? Where have we failed? Where can we do better in the next phase of our movement, especially in the core business of influencing policy decisions from the highest levels to impact on education in Ghana and on the Ghanaian students? That is the focus of the theme for this year’s congress.” – Mr. Mikdad Mohammed, the Local Organizing Committee Chairman commented.
Delegates from all member institutions are currently gathered in Hohoe to deliberate on this theme of the congress, which is also expected to end with the election of a new Executive Body to take over from the current Paa-Quecy led administration.
All executive hopefuls are quickened in their deeds and words in the congress as campaign posters and flyers flood several boards and social media.
Four (4) out of about an initial seven (7) hopefuls are standing for the duty of Presidency in the elections. These are Frank Amoakohene (UG), Luqman Abubakar (UDS), Israel Appiah (UG) and the only female, Julian Cobbina (GIMPA). The other portfolios being contested for are the General Secretary, Coordinating Secretary, Treasurer, Financial Controller, Education and Democratization Secretary and Press and Information Secretary.
The main elections are expected to be held on Saturday, 8th October 2016 at the premises.
Other Matters: Venue Caucusing
The venue for this year’s congress was initially in contention after some stakeholders of the union expressed their desire for the use of Accra instead of the current venue.
This had led to a release of a signed petition from the hopefuls to the National Executive Committee threatening a boycott if a final venue was not agreed on by a specified date..
“They said Accra was more convenient but we argued that we have to spread our activities” Mr. Mikdad said. “Given that we have had two (2) central committee meetings in Accra already and one (1) in Cape Coast.”
According to him, the issue was finally resolved after the intervention of the National Executive Committee and the Judicial Committee of the union, who finally vetoed for the congress to be held in Hohoe.
Students all over the country can follow the proceedings via the NUGS Facebook Page and on Twitter with the hashtag #NUGSCongress16, and also by call-ins.
All proceedings are expected to continue peacefully and successfully even until the end of the Congress on Sunday 9th October, 2016.
Daniel Amewor, ugfile