Nana Kwame Baah, a final year student of the University of Ghana, was on Friday September 4, elected as the new speaker of the SRC General Assembly.
The General Assembly has been without a speaker despite handing over ceremony taking place last academic year. This was due to the failure of outgone Speaker, Seth Boahene to dissolve the House.
Kwame Baah polled a total of 56 votes out of 106 votes cast, while Joshua Boadi obtained 50 votes. Speaking to Univers News after his election, Kwame Baah has promised to ensure that the student front remains united adding that the General Assembly will work closely with the SRC Executives to ensure that the conditions of students are improved.
“The very essence of the General Assembly is to facilitate the work of the SRC administration, every GA member must understand that we are to work together as a team, pushing a similar agenda which is a united student front for improved student conditions and service”, he stated.
Alice Amegah, a resident of Volta Hall, was also elected as the Deputy Speaker of the General Assembly.
Alice Amegah obtained 41 votes while Emmnuel Tabil obtained 26 votes. Alice Amegah described the victory as a relief indicating her preparedness to ensure that all proceeding of the House are in order.
“It feels great and a relief, I submit myself to serve students and I will ensure that all proceedings of the House are in order as I assist the Speaker”, Amegah stated.
The Assembly hearing was not without controversy. Some members of the House from the onset took strong exception to the Chief Justice been sworn in by the former Chief Justice (no longer a student of UG). The outgone Chief Justice, George Anti, however explained that the constitution requires the outgoing Chief Justice to swear the new one in.
“The situation is as it is because, the former House was not dissolved”, he added.
State of the SRC and Budget
The state of the SRC address which should have been delivered by the SRC President, Davis Ohene Fobi was suspended following an amendment of the agenda.
The proposed Budget for the semester was then read by the treasurer. Following concerns by members of the House regarding some items and figures on the budget, the budget was withdrawn by the Treasurer, Perry Johnson.
The Treasurer will thus be expected to lay a new budget before the House at the next sitting.
Some members of the House shared their impressions about sitting
“Its been a long sitting, as usual, there has been a lot of petty issues, I think we could have made a lot of progress, if there was some leadership, standing up and stamping their authority”- Kofi Opare Hagan
“Today what happened was not new to me, I was expecting some Honorable members to know better and act accordingly”- Daniel Obeng (Barrister Danny)