DARY BAWA TAMINU- Former UDS SRC President
In my humble opinion, I think some of the “useless” entities I have seen in Student leadership in recent times are NATIONAL UNION OF GHANA STUDENTS (NUGS) AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (USAG).
These were not the once vibrant bodies that were handed over to us by our forefathers. In the last 10 years, what can these bodies boast of achieving? These very bodies that used to be the beacon of hope and voice of the ordinary Ghanaian student has rather sadly become a breeding ground for future ‘politrickcians’ thereby rendering these powerful bodies voiceless
It will interest you to know that most of the National NUGS and USAG aspirants can’t even win elections on their respective campuses. For some too, they make NUGS and USAG their next target and last hope once they lose their campus elections. They are the trouble mongers in these bodies.
Today you can’t win a portfolio in these bodies without aligning yourself to a caucus (NDC/NPP). All that National NUGS and USAG are interested in is CONGRESS. Even with that, it is only the voting that induces most institutions to attend. Shamefully, they can not behave like Intellectuals and vote in peace. They will fight till official time for Congress elapses. Elections are impeded even at Emergency Congresses all because of partisan politics: NDC and NPP. I got to know Education has very little impact on our character at NUGS/USAGS CONGRESS. Sometimes you can see a whole SRC president of a campus fighting in public. Instead of arguing with facts, they prefer to argue with voices at Congresses.
If had my own way, I will stop the “UDSes” especially UDS Tamale Campus from attending Congresses down south. It’s waste of resources. Today a single Congress will not cost less than Ghc15,000.00 to attend. And for a Senate or Central Committee meetings, it will cost not less than GHC 5,o00.00 to attend.
You can imagine if you were to attend all the useless emergency Congresses. The more there are emergency congresses, the more the local campuses spend to attend. Not to talk of Central Committee and Senate Meetings, a minimum of 2 each.
A single SRC administration will spend not less than a whooping Ghc 50,000.00 on NUGS AND USAG related activities within their tenure in office.
NUGS emergency Congresses
NUGS Central Committee meetings
USAG emergency Congresses
USAG SENATE meetings
For those of us at the UDS campuses, the amount quoted here is almost a quarter of the total revenue generated by some of our councils: Nyankpala and Navrongo SRC to be precise. And what do we get in return? Absolutely nothing! Except a divided leadership at the national front.
NUGS AND USAG are not getting any better. They are becoming more polarized than ever. They seem not to agree on anything. Maybe, the local campuses who are stakeholders in these bodies can boycott their activities. Until they put their house to order, we should not patronize their services/activities.
Even, Their unity Congresses end up in disuniting them further. Why should we have two NATIONAL NUGS PRESIDENTS in this era.
Dary Bawa Taminu, Former UDS Tamale Campus SRC President (2016/2017 Academic Year) and a sixth year medical student.