Shedding light on the value of the National Union of Ghana Students(NUGS) ,Hypeghnewsroom.com had Yiadom Boakye Emmanuel a.k.a YB on to tell the general public his view of the current state of NUGS as he happens to be among the Presidential candidates for NUGS 2019.In stating his views, made precise purposes of NUGS then and now as it is to serve the students. Being among influential leader, Yiadom Boakye shows to have the potential to prevent NUGS collapsing.
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Yiadom shares his view concerning NUGS
“The NUGS had its origins in the Union of Gold Coast Students in West Africa in the 1930’s (Angel 1990, 234). The union’s goal was to dismantle the British colonial rule and to achieve independence. After Ghana achieved independence in 1957, the union adopted its present name in 1962 Originally, the union strongly supported the Rawlings regime,however, in 1982 it began to represent an opposition with students demonstrating for the release of political detainees and the transfer to a civilian government (Degenhardt 1988, 136).
The current objectives of NUGS are to discuss student problems, coordinate student activities and to formulate student opinion on matters of mutual concern (Angel 1990, 234).
NUGS, as an embodiment of the democratic rights of Ghanaian students and the mother body of all student associations in the country,is charged ,among other things, with the responsibility of promoting unity among Ghanaian students and championing the welfare of Ghanaian youth in general without prejudice to any cause.
To a very large extent, NUGS has been one of the finest reservoirs and preparatory grounds for the production of some of the requisite human resources that the nation can boast of; many of whom have become the crème de la crèmes of our past and contemporary social , economic,and political milieu.
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A typical example is the establishment of the Student’s Loan Trust Fund ( SLTF) which in no uncertain terms will NUGS never credited for as well as many others
The likes of Dr. Arthur Kennedy( leading member of the New Patriotic Party) Hon. Haruna Iddrisu, ( Former Minister of Employment and Labour Relations), Shamima Muslim (media practitioner) Mr. Kwabena Agyapong (Former General Secretary of the NPP)
Hon. Okudjeto Ablakwa (Former Deputy Minister of Education) ,Hon. Maxwell Kofi Juma( DG ,GIHOC Distillery), Dr. Omane Boamah(Former Minister of Communications and a host of others are all proud products of NUGS.
That notwithstanding, it is regrettable to note that the NUGS of today is comparatively becoming less famous and is hardly able to hold the fort for Ghanaian students as its antecedents professed.More disturbing is the observation that contemporary NUGS seemingly appears to have relinquished its hitherto enviable influence in shaping of educational policies and it is gradually becoming what can best be described as ‘a political breeder’ for the various political parties in the country.
This development has negatively affected the corporate image of NUGS,with the ordinary Ghanaian students being the ultimate brunt bearers for no fault of theirs [Bilkis Nuhu,2014]”
ALUTA CONTINUA !! VICTORIA ASCERTA !!!
Angel, William D. 1990. Youth Movements of the World. Essex, U.K.: Longman Group UK Ltd.
Degenhardt. Henry W., ed. 1988. Revolutionary and Dissident Movements: An International Guide. Burnt Mill, Essex: Longman Group UK Ltd.
Angel, William D. 1990. Youth Movements of the World. Essex, U.K.: Longman Group UK Ltd., p. 234.
Degenhardt. Henry W., ed. 1988. Revolutionary and Dissident Movements: An International Guide. Burnt Mill, Essex: Longman Group UK Ltd., p. 136