The Chair, Invited Guests, Outgoing UDS-MSA Executives, Incoming UDS-MSA Executives, Members of this noble association, Ladies and Gentlemen. Good evening.
Wilma Rudolph once said, “Never underestimate the power of dreams and the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion; The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”
First of all, I will like to say a very big thank you to our outgoing executives and congratulate them for a good work done. I can only hope that my administration does better and with the support of the entire membership of UDS-MSA we will achieve greater heights. The time has come for us to take over the mantle of leadership and I assure you that this administration is ready to relish the challenge ahead of us.
It goes without saying that I will always call on the outgoing president for advice as he has gathered a lot of experience in the field of leadership and also in the handling of affairs of this association. I hope your doors will always be opened for me sir. At this juncture I will like us all to give the outgoing executives a standing ovation for all the sacrifices they have made for our association.
Before I proceed, I will like to thank you all for voting for me and entrusting the leadership of the association for the next academic year in my hands. However I cannot embark on this journey without your help and support. I will therefore need all the help and support from each one of you regardless of whether you voted for me or not to better and efficiently run this association. I will like to also call upon my competitor during the elections, Hon. Joseph Andoh to come on board as I believe some of his policies will help the association.
During the last General Assembly meeting, the outgoing president lamented over the apathy of members towards MSA programs and I strongly agree with him. That is why the patronage of MSA program will be one of the key issues my administration will tackle. I have always believed this is partly due to the bad timing of program. During my tenure, together will my other executives, I hope to properly time programs and hopefully there will be nothing like “Ghana man” time so that programs start exactly at the slated time.
Of course, this will require that we are all punctual to programs. I will therefore entreat us all to be respecters of time and always be on time for all programs and activities. As upcoming doctors who will have lives entrusted in our hands, it is very important that we recognize that time is of the essence and we can only start now and become better respecters of time as we progress in our field of study.
Unity is paramount in running every organization and UDS-MSA is no different. In view of this, I will personally spearhead the settlement of disputes that have remained unresolved between certain classes and put to bed all misunderstandings between individuals because we need this to be able to stand together as a united front to fight for what we truly deserve. As the old adage goes, “United we stand, divided we fall” and I hope all parties involved will be ready to sit and resolve their issues.
Since I came to this school, in my candid opinion, the best rivalry I have seen is between the current Pbl 2 and Pbl 3 classes and it is something I admire. These two classes have pushed each other to do more in almost every field and that is quite admirable. But sometimes rivalry can get unhealthy and become destructive. I will therefore want to encourage only healthy rivalry and thus the organization of a number of competitions which will bring out the competitive sides of individuals and encourage such healthy rivalry and also make our association more vibrant.
“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” I will like to end here. I will entreat us all to give this administration all the support it will need just as we did for the outgoing administration. If at any point your services or inputs or advice are need, please avail yourself to serve our dear association.
I know we are all pumped up for the after party especially our dear Pbl 3s who just wrote their last exams in pre clinical earlier today and in light of this I say congratulations and welcome in advance to the clinical phase of your training because I believe you have all passed this exam.
The pessimist complains about the wind, the optimist expects it to change but guess who adjusts the sails, the captain, and that is what I hope to be, the captain that adjusts the sails. Before I take my seat, I will stress that this association belongs to us all and not just a select few therefore if any of us have ideas and suggestions that will help the association, do not hesitate to contact any of the executives to share it with us. Thank you for listening and May God bless UDS-MSA and bless us all.