MESSAGE ON THE STATE OF SRC ADDRESS BY THE FEDERAL PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENTS’ REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL , ABRAHAM NORMAN NORTEY, ON THE STATE OPENING OF UHAS PARLIAMENT HOUSE, ON SUNDAY, 1ST DECEMBER, 2019, AT THE MEDICAL BLOC, TRAFALGAR.
Mr. Speaker, it is with great honor and gratitude to be here with you in this august House, the UHAS Parliament House, for the second time, to perform and fulfil my constitutional mandate, by giving Honorable members and the UHAS student plebs a message on the state of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC).
In accordance to protocol, it is with an attitude of gratitude to see that Vice President H.E. Emmanuel Brobbey, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Lawrence S.K Nyalemegbe, Chief Justice, His Lordship Evans Asenso, Federal and Provincial SRC Executives, LNUGS Executives, Executive Committee Members, Judicial Council Members, Committee Members, School Presidents and fellow health and allied sciences students.
Mr. Speaker, first of all permit me to use this opportunity to wish all a Happy Prosperous New Month, by the Grace of God we have had a productive one month in office and today marks exactly a month when I was inducted into office as Federal SRC President by the history made by the student fraternity by electing the first- ever Biomedical Science student offering Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the School of Basic and Biomedical Science.
Mr. Speaker let me start by appreciating all SRC/LNUGS executives and committee members in the Norman-led administration, for working assiduously for the interest of student fraternity. Frankly speaking, their contributions, by far have been the best of all times in the history of UHAS SRC Parliament. The Latin expression, ‘acta non verba’ which simply means actions not words has been the core tenet of my executives. Also, ‘cui multum datum est multum sperandum’ that is to say ‘to whom much is given, much is expected’ and I stand today before to let you know that, you have lived to expectations in this meagre space of time. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I say Woezor. To the distinguished guest here with us today for this moment in our SRC, the first in history State of SRC Address (SOSA) in UHAS.
Mr. Speaker, just a month ago I took office as Federal SRC President with the vision to see an SRC beyond intimidation, an SRC without political infiltration, and an SRC with true dedication to the needs of students. We were inducted into office with zero SRC account. We were tested. There is no document giving the SRC the sense of responsibility prioritizing the pressing needs of students. For the past years, we have seen the SRC dive into oblivion, we have witnessed the struggle of our studentship with great contentions with managerial infiltrations, and we have seen the disunity created by SRC amongst its stakeholders (students) and the parochial interests of students that occupy various positions in SRC. Our genuine and selfless predecessors fought very hard, we were not left behind, and we will also fight beyond imagination and intimidation.
In light of our parliamentary agreements and debates in the step of right direction to be accountable to our fellow students in the struggle State of SRC Address, SOSA was necessitated which gives me the platform to recount on salient happenings in different segments of the UHAS SRC community, stretching from welfare, academics, security, health, sanitation, SRC rebranding, sports, vocational training, intrasemester practicum, to accommodation and to the state of finances.
Mr. Speaker, the issues of welfare, closure of registration portals, repetition, study areas during examinations, autocratic attitude of lectures towards students, security, health, sanitation, SRC rebranding, sports, vocational training, intrasemester practicum, scholarships and accommodation issues have caused anxiety amongst students. These issues are not new. These struggles I have witnessed over the past years. These struggles are the main reasons I run for Presidency.
For many who voted for the man of integrity, the beacon of UHAS SRC, the man beyond intimidation, the man ready to consolidate the gains of the past and the man who believes in the equitable distribution of resources to benefit both Ho and Hohoe Provinces as stipulated in the Supreme Law of the SRC are very watchful and optimistic. This is just a tip of an iceberg.
Mr. Speaker, let me share with the house our achievements within just a month and our intentions for next semester.
Mr. Speaker, immediately we were inducted into office, we fast-tracked the release of the Vodafone Sim Cards for the level 100s and we ensured the reflections of the reduced Vodafone packaged fee (from 144gh cedis to 120gh cedis) in the students accounts as we promised during our campaign.
Mr. Speaker, the projects and programs committee of the SRC was able to organize seminar which aimed at empowering future leaders for development. This seminar invested and improved the lives of students to build a better UHAS and Ghana as a nation. The seminar of new concept in the area of welfare, academia, entertainment, health, trade, housing, information, and employment have given an alternative lifestyle of success to students.
Mr. Speaker, the entertainment and organizing committees have organized a classic dinner party for the student populace on both provinces. This Classic and glamorous dinner party was necessitated to relieve students from their academic stress. Indeed ours is ‘all learn and no party makes UHAS a dull varsity’!
Mr. Speaker, the ICT committee have designed a modernized mobile application with features like useful links, useful contacts, SRC constitution, students’ portal, news, events, announcements, academic calendar, school fees, library/archives, executives, students’ feedback, admissions and many more. This UHAS SRC MOBILE has been developed and it will be launched officially for it usage.
Mr. Speaker, under my leadership, the editorial committee has by far been exceptional in lifting the image of UHAS SRC. Through the editorial committee and other executives, we now have official SRC and Parliament emblems. The committee have established UHAS BASE TV and have started Television series to put smiles on the faces of both junior and senior members of the university. My leadership has also been involved in discussions of national issues on television (Ghana Television Morning Show). Permanent active social media platforms have been created and linked to the SRC website. The committee had struck a close collaboration between campuses based media platforms such as Hypenewsroom and Hyperciti Ghana to sell and market all activities of the SRC.
Mr. Speaker, the academic committee of the SRC was able to help about 456 students in registration of their courses just this semester. This includes typing, printing, and submission of permission letters to the Registrar on behalf of students. It under this administration that saw the need to review the repetition policy according to clause 8.21.4 in the students’ handbook about repetition which states ‘a student who fails to obtain the requisite pass in a core course after supplementary examinations shall be asked to repeat the academic year’. I am proud to mention that we have constituted the executive committee of the SRC in pursuant to Article 16 (1) (a) which seeks to assist the executive officers in the performance of their duties.
On this day, we would like admonish students who haven’t made efforts in registering their semester courses to do so as soon as possible to prevent their futility of writing end of semester exams.
Mr. Speaker, the public relations unit of the SRC have been liaising with the newly established directorate of public affairs of the university in the public functions of the Students’ Representative Council and the University. The Public Relations Unit in conjunction with the editorial committee have carried out an aggressive preservation of SRC Institution memory where relevant activities and documentations (such as SRC minutes, legislations, budget and reports) would be published for ease of accessibility by students.
Mr. Speaker, the welfare committee under my administration has also been exceptional in the day to day welfare of our fellow students. Within the week, the welfare committee chairperson paid a visit to one of our students who got injured whilst bathing at the Ho Teaching Hospital. Also, solicited for funds for our fellow sandwich student who is undergoing surgery.
Mr. Speaker, in terms of security, my administration has strengthen and tasked the university security unit to be watchful of both student and university properties. Also, anyone or student without student identification cards will not be allowed into hostels after 11pm.
Mr. Speaker, we also did our best in the just ended mini GUSA games placing 8th position of 10 universities. We liaised with management and made available resources for the sportsmen and women. I stand on authority and it is with a pleasure that I announce to the house that UHAS will participate in the upcoming GUSA competition at the University of Ghana and the SRC have advocated for better incentive packages for our sportsmen and women to induce performance and to make the discipline attractive to all. Also we have establish a Committee for Physical Fitness under the SRC headed by the Sports Committee Chairman to address all matters related to students with respect to sports.
Mr. Speaker, the transport committee have made special provision for shuttling services during IA and Examination Week. Also, increase in the number of Metro Mass Transit busses on campus to reduce the overcrowding of students.
Mr. Speaker, the Health and Sanitation committee organized hostel-based clean-up exercises as part of the measures to ensure sanitation a day after I was declared as the Federal SRC President.
The Intelligence & Students’ Affairs committee under my administration paid assessment visit to the health facilities students were having their Intrasemester practicum to ascertain challenges their were having and the measures to put in place.
I think the SRC deserves some yeaaah yeaaah.
Mr. Speaker, our tenure of office has just begun and our doors are always opened to all, we are ready at all times to embrace your support, critics and encouragements.
Ladies and gentlemen, the future has arrived! And I am glad to announce it; UHAS SRC will be better.
We will face challenges, but we shall get to the mountain top. We will make sacrifices, we will be beyond intimidation, we will remain disciplined, and we will win! So help us GOD
Long live SRC!
Long Live UHAS!
Long Live Ghana!