In the early hours of this morning, Thursday, 27th December, 2018, a news article from GhanaWeb; a popular online news portal told the story of how the Students Representative Council of the University of Ghana as a collective unit and in its entirety has openly declared support for one Madam Lydia Alhassan, a contender in the NPP primaries for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-elections. The publication suggested that the mass of the student populace were ready in arms to ensure that Madam Lydia Alhassan becomes the next member of Parliament for the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency.
Further checks and thorough enquiries into the publication have however proven that its contents were exaggerated and blown out of proportion.
Now the facts.
On Wednesday, the 26th of December, 2018, the wife of the deceased member of Parliament, Madam Lydia Alhassan organised a mini get-to-together to host sympathisers and well wishers who had come to commiserate with her loss and celebrate the Christmas festivities. The said event was attended by an array of persons from the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency and beyond; including some well wishers from abroad. Given that the late member of Parliament, Hon. Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko had an unalloyed rapport with the University of Ghana students, an invitation was extended to the SRC President, in the person of Mr. Sylvester Owusu Amoako to attend the said gathering.
It is also on record that following the shocking demise of Hon. Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, the University of Ghana SRC, with support from sister institutions within the constituency such as GIMPA have jointly held a vigil and a remembrance service in honour of the late legislator. It is therefore not foreign that the SRC President was present at the said get-to-together.
The SRC President’s remarks on the day.
At the said gathering, a number of new year wishes and felicitations were uttered by participants to the widow and the family of the deceased, including Mr. Sylvester Owusu Amoako; the SRC President of the University of Ghana. On his turn, he thanked the august gathering for the opportunity and expressed his well wishes to Madam Lydia Alhassan in all endeavours.
It is this gesture of his, borne out of personal ties with the family of the late MP that has been wrongly construed as an open declaration of support and endorsement of the candidature of Madam Lydia Alhassan by the Students Representative Council of the University of Ghana.
The SRC and its decision making process.
The Students Representative Council of the University of Ghana is the body mandated by the University to act as the intermediary between management of the University and the students on issues relating to welfare and other pertinent grievances.
As a non- partisan entity, its decisions are concluded on by a legislative unit known as the General Assembly which comprises a total of about 150 representatives from various halls, departments, associations etc. Such decisions are further sanctioned by the Dean of Student Affairs with due recourse to the University’s policies as an academic institution.
Subject to the above, the SRC has not officially or informally communicated its support or otherwise for any candidate in the upcoming by elections for the constituency; as it is barred by its policy guidelines and regulations of the University from engaging in such a venture.