Student activist and General Secretary for the National Union Ghana Students (NUGS), Julius Kwame Anthony has described the move by the Senior Hall Tutor of the Alexander Adum Kwapong Hall, Dr. Seth D. Boateng, to ban five (5) aspirants from further participating in the hall’s 2021 Junior Common Room (JCR) elections as “unfortunate” and “out of place”.
The senior hall tutor in a letter addressed to Ms. Nana Yaa Gyamfi, Mr. Kelvin Osae Quansah, Pierretta Alaglo, Ms. Randa Grace Ekuban, and Mr. King George O Amuaben indicated that they have lost their credibility as JCR aspirants for subjecting the whole Alexander Adum Kwapong Hall electoral process to legal suits, counter-suits, and injunctions at the JCR and SRC legal departments resulting in the hall’s inability to conduct its 2021 elections as scheduled.
Dr. Boateng further cautioned the five aspirants to conduct themselves credibly in their barns.
He warned that “failure to conduct yourselves well will leave me with no option than to revoke your residential status in the interest of peaceful student governance in the hall”
Reacting to this on the Campus Exclusive Show, Julius Kwame Anthony stated that the actions of the senior hall tutor were rather disappointing.
He believed that the rights of students to engage in legal tussle should not be curtailed.
“It was rather an unfortunate statement from the hall tutor of the Alexander Adum Kwapong Hall yesterday [July 28, 2021]. I really really hoped that that kind of statement wouldn’t have come from the hall tutor. I don’t think it should be a problem if students want to litigate. Student should be able to litigate where they feel that things are not in order. It’s not a crime if you feel someone is sending the wrong cases to court. Even if they are the wrong cases, it’s the person’s right to go to court so sincerely I’m a bit disappointed in that sought of statement which seems as though litigating is a nuisance…it is not” he exclaimed
Julius Kwame Anthony also noted that the five aspirants are justified in their quest to seek legal redress stating that “if you feel that something is not right you try to put it in order”.
He stressed that the Senior Hall tutor should have considered other alternatives in addressing the current impasse at the hall rather than the draconian measures taken against the five aspirants.
“As tutor, if he feels that they going through these processes are not right whatsoever….other actions are there…other avenues are there but to simply ban people just for litigating is out of place” he stated.