The essence of orientation for new members of a community can never be undermined. It can be said to be an eye-opener to the beneficiary or attendant considering the end result it births. This has been at least, an annual culture especially in Ghanaian universities.
The Women’s Commission of University of Energy and Natural Resources’ SRC organised an orientation for all first year ladies of the University on Friday, 19th February, 2021 at its auditorium
Dr. Dominic Otoo; the Dean of Students, who was a main speaker at the event in his presentation admonished freshwomen to be circumspect in their overall dealings on campus.
“Each and everyone is coming from a different home and you can attest how your parents brought you here. When we come here and meet as a group, sometimes we are easily swayed by our friends…make a desison that will benefit your own life. Just like the fingers are not the same, when you come to the University as an academic, you are definitely going to need help… It can happen that it will be from a male. It does not mean that you should give your body to him. You only need knowledge”, He said.
The SRC President; Mr. Wiafe Richard who seemed very much concerned about female participation in student leadership in an interview with Hyperciti.com expressed the commitment of his administration in empowering the female student fraternity of the institution in that area.
“What I want to do together with the Womens Commissioner is to raise their consciousness. After my administration, I want to see more women in leadership. I remember asking a lady to run for SRC President onetime and she said that position was only reserved for men which is never true. It is for everybody. We need to challenge that status quo and make sure that women are part of decision making. This is not the end. We will be doing lots of programs to encourage women to take up leadership positions and have high self esteem.”
Other facilitators at the program were Rev. Isaac Ishmael (University counselor), Mrs Augusta Adjei Mensah (University pharmacist),Madam Charity Roberts (Lecturer), Miss Lawrencia Konama (Former SRC General Secretary) and representatives from the UENR Ladies Association who gave talks on sexual health, harassment and others areas.
The event forms part of a series of activities lined up by the women affairs division of the Students’ Representative Council under the captainship of Miss Agnes Oforiwaa Acheampong that envisions to “ensure increasing effective participation of women in the administration of the junior common room (JCR) to prepare them to become responsible and participating citizens and leaders of the state whiles developing their self-esteem as individuals and a stable commission.”
Report by: Emmanuel Swanzy-Baffoe