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The newly elected UCC executives for the 2020/2021 academic year were sworn into office on Wednesday 17th February 2021. In his inaugural address, the SRC President Mr. Christopher Dadson promised a strong relationship between the SRC and Management to face the challenges of covid 19.

Below is the full speech

INAUGURAL SPEECH FOR THE UCC SRC
It’s been a long journey, and as we stand here, we’re reminded of the words of an English Author, Graeme Base, he says and I quote “the Waterhole is a story of hope and that even though nature goes through cycles, we prevail in the end.”

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Professor Chair, Pro Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Dean of Students, Professors, executives both past and present, colleague students, Ladies and Gentlemen, our standing here this afternoon, is a testament to the words of Graeme Base, that no matter the cycles we go through, hope prevails in the end! It has been years of asking, particularly for me, and finally here we are.
Prof Chair, this journey has been a very long and difficult one for all of us; the covid-19 challenges, leading to a protracted electoral calendar, meant that we had to spend more time on campaign trail, at times drowned in the dew of the night, nights without the comfort of pillow, depriving our eyes the pleasure of sleep and many sacrifices, particularly for me, because of years of seeking this office, and I believe same to be true for all of us executives. But ladies and gentlemen, we do not have a sense of arrival; we believe this is the time we would be called upon by the task we’ve taken, to make even greater sacrifices, for the overriding interest of students. As God grants us grace, we shall neither shake nor falter.


This day would not have been possible without God’s grace that has seen us through the winding path of this quest and it certainly would not have been possible without you; the good students of this institution. You believed in this vision of ours and supported us through it all. I am grateful to you for your prayers and the massive confidence you have in us. Abraham Lincoln once said “if my name ever goes down into history, it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it”. Today, before you all on this occasion, we make it known to you that our whole soul is in this. Our whole soul is in to bring you the Hope we promised and we ask each and every one of you to join us in this cause.
Dear students of UCC, do not at any point in time perceive the SRC as being just the executives. We are all members of the SRC and together, we can do great things. We promise you this will not be business as usual; we are already on the path of uniting all student voices and all student governance structures, and rally them around the common good. A former office holder or not, whether you were hitherto aspirant and contested with us or not, whether you are an ordinary student, you have something you can do for the interest of students, and we call on you to contribute to the front.
We wish to boldly assert that if the beacon of hope for the student front at any point in time seemed dwindled, then we assure you that Hope is here, and that we are here to rekindle it.
Now to the other SRC executives, we have been entrusted with a mandate of steering the affairs of the SRC and as scripture says “to whom much is given, much is expected”. We are duty bound to provide honest and inspiring leadership that will light the path and motivate the student populace to contribute their quota to the development of this institution. Let us not take this privilege for granted.
I would like to say a few thank you. I am grateful to my counterpart in this journey, the vice president, Ms. Rashidatu Saafu, who has been instrumental throughout this journey. I also want to recognize my lovely family; I owe a great debt to you for being a constant source of encouragement and support to me. Now to the most resilient and dynamic campaign team in student politics, team Topher, you made this happen. You believed in my vison and made immense sacrifice of time and energy to make sure this vision of Hope saw the light of day. For that, thank you all so much. There are many people who played a crucial role in my life and during the campaign, time does not allow me to mention everyone by name, but each of you know I will forever be grateful for your support. May God bless you all!
To the school management, we believe that both the SRC and Management seek the same thing; the common good of the university, just that, management seeks that from a managerial point of view and the SRC seeks that from the student point of view, in that regard there is unity of purpose. The historic handing over in the Academic Board chamber alone tells us that we are not in normal times, the covid-19 situation is challenging the status quo, we believe that if there is ever a time for more collaboration between management and SRC, then now is the time, if there is ever a time for more engagement between SRC and management, it is now more than ever, if we want to manage the covid-19 challenges well, it must be together. We ask that the SRC is not seen as just a conveyor belt to pass information to students, but as an active partner and a key stakeholder for the good of the university. We will endeavor at all times to seek such partnership in respect, and we believe strongly that management will extend same courtesies to the SRC.
Prof Chair, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation to management for the expediency in addressing our plea to reopen the registration portal to enable our colleague students who were unable to register during the regular registration period the opportunity to do so. If you will indulge us, just like Oliver Twist, we ask for more and wish to take this opportunity to make some preliminary requests; with regards to concerns about the Information Technology Skills, we pray management speeds up the processes to ensure the level 100s are able to completely exhaust the course. We are also informed by the past SRC President and the Chief Justice of the SRC Judicial Board that the reviewed SRC Constitution has been forwarded to the academic board. Upon their word, we would be following up right after here to ascertain its current state and how its promulgation can be expedited. It has been almost six years since it was first reviewed yet has not seen the light of day.
Prof Chair, as it has been a long day, we wish to therefore conclude that, with humility we have accepted the mandate of the students, we accept the leadership role of UCC SRC. We press forward with urgency for we have much to do in a rather historically short tenure.
Long live UCC,
Long Live Student Activism
Long live the SRC.
Thank You!

The newly elected UCC executives for the 2020/2021 academic year were sworn into office on Wednesday 17th February 2021. In his inaugural address, the SRC President Mr. Christopher Dadson promised a strong relationship between the SRC and Management to face the challenges of covid 19.

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Below is the full speech

INAUGURAL SPEECH FOR THE UCC SRC
It’s been a long journey, and as we stand here, we’re reminded of the words of an English Author, Graeme Base, he says and I quote “the Waterhole is a story of hope and that even though nature goes through cycles, we prevail in the end.”

Professor Chair, Pro Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Dean of Students, Professors, executives both past and present, colleague students, Ladies and Gentlemen, our standing here this afternoon, is a testament to the words of Graeme Base, that no matter the cycles we go through, hope prevails in the end! It has been years of asking, particularly for me, and finally here we are.
Prof Chair, this journey has been a very long and difficult one for all of us; the covid-19 challenges, leading to a protracted electoral calendar, meant that we had to spend more time on campaign trail, at times drowned in the dew of the night, nights without the comfort of pillow, depriving our eyes the pleasure of sleep and many sacrifices, particularly for me, because of years of seeking this office, and I believe same to be true for all of us executives. But ladies and gentlemen, we do not have a sense of arrival; we believe this is the time we would be called upon by the task we’ve taken, to make even greater sacrifices, for the overriding interest of students. As God grants us grace, we shall neither shake nor falter.

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This day would not have been possible without God’s grace that has seen us through the winding path of this quest and it certainly would not have been possible without you; the good students of this institution. You believed in this vision of ours and supported us through it all. I am grateful to you for your prayers and the massive confidence you have in us. Abraham Lincoln once said “if my name ever goes down into history, it will be for this act, and my whole soul is in it”. Today, before you all on this occasion, we make it known to you that our whole soul is in this. Our whole soul is in to bring you the Hope we promised and we ask each and every one of you to join us in this cause.
Dear students of UCC, do not at any point in time perceive the SRC as being just the executives. We are all members of the SRC and together, we can do great things. We promise you this will not be business as usual; we are already on the path of uniting all student voices and all student governance structures, and rally them around the common good. A former office holder or not, whether you were hitherto aspirant and contested with us or not, whether you are an ordinary student, you have something you can do for the interest of students, and we call on you to contribute to the front.
We wish to boldly assert that if the beacon of hope for the student front at any point in time seemed dwindled, then we assure you that Hope is here, and that we are here to rekindle it.
Now to the other SRC executives, we have been entrusted with a mandate of steering the affairs of the SRC and as scripture says “to whom much is given, much is expected”. We are duty bound to provide honest and inspiring leadership that will light the path and motivate the student populace to contribute their quota to the development of this institution. Let us not take this privilege for granted.
I would like to say a few thank you. I am grateful to my counterpart in this journey, the vice president, Ms. Rashidatu Saafu, who has been instrumental throughout this journey. I also want to recognize my lovely family; I owe a great debt to you for being a constant source of encouragement and support to me. Now to the most resilient and dynamic campaign team in student politics, team Topher, you made this happen. You believed in my vison and made immense sacrifice of time and energy to make sure this vision of Hope saw the light of day. For that, thank you all so much. There are many people who played a crucial role in my life and during the campaign, time does not allow me to mention everyone by name, but each of you know I will forever be grateful for your support. May God bless you all!
To the school management, we believe that both the SRC and Management seek the same thing; the common good of the university, just that, management seeks that from a managerial point of view and the SRC seeks that from the student point of view, in that regard there is unity of purpose. The historic handing over in the Academic Board chamber alone tells us that we are not in normal times, the covid-19 situation is challenging the status quo, we believe that if there is ever a time for more collaboration between management and SRC, then now is the time, if there is ever a time for more engagement between SRC and management, it is now more than ever, if we want to manage the covid-19 challenges well, it must be together. We ask that the SRC is not seen as just a conveyor belt to pass information to students, but as an active partner and a key stakeholder for the good of the university. We will endeavor at all times to seek such partnership in respect, and we believe strongly that management will extend same courtesies to the SRC.
Prof Chair, we would like to express our sincerest appreciation to management for the expediency in addressing our plea to reopen the registration portal to enable our colleague students who were unable to register during the regular registration period the opportunity to do so. If you will indulge us, just like Oliver Twist, we ask for more and wish to take this opportunity to make some preliminary requests; with regards to concerns about the Information Technology Skills, we pray management speeds up the processes to ensure the level 100s are able to completely exhaust the course. We are also informed by the past SRC President and the Chief Justice of the SRC Judicial Board that the reviewed SRC Constitution has been forwarded to the academic board. Upon their word, we would be following up right after here to ascertain its current state and how its promulgation can be expedited. It has been almost six years since it was first reviewed yet has not seen the light of day.
Prof Chair, as it has been a long day, we wish to therefore conclude that, with humility we have accepted the mandate of the students, we accept the leadership role of UCC SRC. We press forward with urgency for we have much to do in a rather historically short tenure.
Long live UCC,
Long Live Student Activism
Long live the SRC.
Thank You!

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