The National Union of Ghana Students, (NUGS) risked being dragged to court for a seeming silence on a suit served.
According to Master Memphis Gyau Baffour, a suit challenging the directives of the National Executive Committee of the Union has been left unattended since Monday, August 11, 2020 after they (Union) were served.
NUGS on Saturday August 8, 2020 issued a communique informing blocs heads, SRC Presidents, local NUGS Presidents and other stakeholders of its decision to extend mandate stipulated in the 2019 NUGS Constitution by the next two months. NUGS in the circular attribute its reasons to the outbreak of the covid-19 pandemic and the imposition of restrictions of large gatherings by Nana Akufo Addo and the closure of schools.
NUGS adds that such limitations have deprived the various blocs from undertaking their transition processes at the students leadership front and fulfilling their financial obligations (DUES) to the Union.
Meanwhile, a suit challenging the legitimacy of such powers by Memphis Gyau Baffour, plaintiff claims against the defendants (National Executive Committee and Isaac Jay Hyde, Chairman, National Executive Council) the following reliefs;
a) A declaration that the circular released by the defendants is unconstitutional and hence void.
b) A declaration that any attempt by the defendants to extend the tenure of the National Executive Officers is in breach of article 13(e) among others.
Following the suit on Monday, the plaintiff, has given the Union until Monday, August 24, 2020 to respond to their reliefs or risk being dragged to the High Court of the land.
The plaintiff contends that, there is a deliberate attempt by national executives to overstay their tenure of office where as there are several measures to be drawn to conduct the 54th Annual Residential Elective Congress of the NUGS without compromising the health and safety of its stakeholders.