Politicians Must Stay-Off Students’ Politics –Minister

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By Cecil mensah

The Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, has warned his colleague politicians on both sides of the political divide to stay-off students’ politics, because it poisons the atmosphere of academic achievements on the various public university campuses in the country.

He said, over the years politicians have clandestinely been dabbling in the election of student’s leadership across the nine public universities in the country, as if they were council members of the various public universities in the country.

The Minister, who was one-time President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) during his students’ days, gave this warning at the launch of a book titled, “When Men Fell Asleep” written by Miss Josephine Adwoa Torkonu, also a former NUGS President.

Dr. Omane Boamah, who had to exit his position as NUGS President after he had some frosty relationship with the then ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP)administration led by ex-President John Agyekum Kufour over some statutory payments to the Ghana Education Trust Fund(GETFUND).

The Minister made this interesting comment to the amazement of Prof Asenso-Okyere, a former Vice- Chancellor of the university of Ghana, Mr Vlademine Antwi-Danso, the Director of Legon Centre for International Affairs (LECIA), Mr Sameul Okudjeto-Ablakwa, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education at the book launch in Accra.

He maintained that the activities of these politicians on campus poisoned the academic atmosphere, thereby creating a situation of animosity among students belonging to the two main political divides in the country.

He said, NUGS activities on the various campuses derive its oxygen from the UG campus, hence the decision for politicians to seriously meddle in the election of leadership for NUGS.

Commenting on the bad relationship that has existed between students’ leaders and the various university Councils, he said this could be avoided if the councils engage the student’s leaders in terms of implementation of student base policies.

He said students on campus, have various expectations and the failure of the Council to engage the students’ leaders have resulted in the misunderstandings that rear its ugly head between the students’ body and the universities councils.

He commended Miss Torkonu for her leadership role as a female leader of the NUGS and urged the men to continue to support women in our society.

On his part, Prof Asenso-Okyere, also took the opportunity to commend Miss Torkonu for taking the time to recount her activities as a female student leader of NUGS.

He recounted how he had attempted to write his memoirs over the years, but was only able to write four chapters of the eleven-chapter memoirs.

He said, in Ghana people do not write books, because it is a difficult task; it is upon this premise that he commended journalists for writing news stories for the consumption of the general public.

Narrating her motivation for writing the book, Miss Torkonu said, she was urged on by virtue of the fact that she is a woman who was poised to succeed as a leader.

She said, the book has put together all her challenges in order to motivate women who want to aspire for leadership roles in the country.

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