Launch of SRC UDS-TLC week celebration
The Students’ Representative Council of UDS Tamale Campus yesterday, the 19th of March, 2018 duly launched its Week Celebration at the ICT Auditorium. This year’s Celebration is themed “Igniting the entrepreneurial spirit of Students: a prerequisite for National Development”.
The launch was chaired by Professor Agnes Apusigah, the Dean of the Faculty of Education. She expressed her displeasure about the late start of the program. in fact, the Deputy Regional Minister had to take his leave because as at the time he came, the venue was virtually empty. The program was scheduled to start around 9am but actually started around 10:30 am. She called on students to have a positive change of attitude towards everything in life – this she believe is an important determinant of success.
Madam Mavis, the Deputy Zonal Manager of Zenith bank spoke extensively on the theme. She underscored the need for students to venture into entrepreneurship. She revealed that being an entrepreneur does not necessarily mean having your own business but as long as you are employed to use your skills to manage resources, you are an entrepreneur. She noted that risking taking and innovativeness are the hallmark of entrepreneurship.
She admonished students not to let the the quest for money be their drive when they set up enterprises but the passion to solve problems and provide value for society – when this is the drive, the money will follow suit -she added. She also advised students to live within their means, start small, work hard and at the end you will make it. “when you fall hundred times, rise hundred times”- she said. She encouraged every student to take reading seriously making emphasis on materials outside the individual’s area of study. She added that most of the great successful business people are great readers. “if you lack knowledge, you will work hard instead of working smart” she added.
Also in attendance was Professor Israel Dzomeku, the Dean of Students. He commended the council for choosing a very important theme. He also expressed his displeasure concerning the skyrocketing indiscipline especially concerning the respect for time and the apathy students show towards programs. He stated that the council has over the years failed to fulfill their true purpose. He advised the council not to neglect their responsibilities of harnessing student power for development. He also encourage the council to work hand in hand with the administration. “we need your ideas, we need your support” he said. He also revealed that the Medical students do not have time for the SRC presidency especially those at the clinical school so he does not understand why year after students continue to vote for them. “I’m not campaigning” – he added quickly. He concluded by advocating for a renewal of mindset and a change of attitude of Students and the leadership of the council.
Prof. Agnes and Prof. Dzomeku were honored by the SRC/NUGS. Citations were presented to them by President Norbert Kipo and the vice president, Madam Zainab.
In his vote of thanks and in trying to respond to the comments by the Dean of students , the SRC President, Norbert Kipo mounted a legitimate defense of the SRC suggesting that the central administration is part of the cause of the ineffectiveness of the council. He revealed that the council has not received a dime from the administration for the week celebration for this reason the celebration had to be postponed on two different occasions. The Dean of students appeared not too happy about Hon. Kipo’s assessment and requested for a meeting with the president after the program. Students present were very happy about Norbert Kipo’s comments.
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