Most recently, the students of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) (KNUST) voted and elected one Samuel Sesah as its KNUST SRC President. According to his personal Twitter account, he describes himself as "a good public servant sponsored by Grace!" He was sworn into office on the 4th of February, 2020, as the 60th KNUST SRC President for the 2020/2021 academic year.
The Students’ Representative Council is the official student government association of the KNUST. The Student council serves to engage students in learning about democracy and leadership, as originally espoused by John Dewey in Democracy and Education (1917). The Student Council is a representative structure for students only, through which they can become involved in the affairs of the university, working in partnership with university authorities for the benefit of the university and its students.
The SRC is a representative body of all students of KNUST; graduate and undergraduate. It has continuously championed and safeguarded the right and interest of all students of this university and in equal measure, aided the University in enhancing student privileges and it makes representation on most university boards and committees that take major policy decisions affecting students, an example of such is the university council and academic board on which the SRC president serves. The SRC’s core function is to represent, promote and champion the rights, interests and views of students in all matters to ensure students well being. In essence, we’re there for your welfare.
Since his assumption of office, he has for instance, he together with the KNUST SRC Parliamentary Council and his executives have paid a working visit to all the traditional halls of the University. Where in their visit, they met with the floor and lane representatives of the various halls and had discussions on the SRC HEALTH SUPPORT FUND BILL.
The delegation thence charged the floor representatives to make conscious efforts to support the collection of donations of a minimum of Gh¢5 per every willing student to support the money which would be donated by the SRC to one, Miss Rita Abodoh in support of her surgery, much publicized on campus, as the money required to conduct this surgery successfully is very huge and therefore, extra assistance is needed.
Aside from this, his leadership in strategic partnership with MasterCard Foundation has donated two (2) shuttles to the disabled students on KNUST campus with the view to specifically support their movement and transport to and fro, to eventually assist them to have a barrier free atmosphere, as they pursue academic knowledge. He wrote in a Facebook post, adding that, "As your leaders, we will continue to dialogue for the best for our students."
Interestingly none of these seeming good initiatives have brought him to the limelight nationally, except pictures of a most recent event, where the mimicked how special protocol treatments are offered to our national leaders and president.
These pictures have gone viral, and largely, commentary proceeding it has been pure backlash and trolls. The special event held at the floor of the 12th parliament was to give the First State of SRC Address, a very important occasion for the student body of probably, the nation's most respected university or among the top 3 in the country and sub region.
Whereas on his personal Facebook page, he received high commendation, Kirls Barnes simply commented, "Wow", Amartey Jerry wrote "It has just begun,,,You will one day be on the National Seat of Ghana", Moses Boakye Agyemang Blackson wrote that "Very nice bro keep on", Grace Chapel writes, "Go high my brother", commentary on other posts were no where this inspiring to him.
On a post by one Hon Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng, which received well over 200 comments, these are a few of them:
Yaw Boafo wrote "Hon Rodney Nkrumah-Boateng I believe we aren't being fair to these students. How old are they? They were all born and have grown up under a constitutional democracy. That's all that they know. These things are the perks of the democratic era. In your days being a student leader was synonymous with detention and constant harassment by government. It's their era. It's the New Testament dispensation. Let them enjoy. I also don't seem to understand the reasoning that such ceremonies is evidence of corruption"
Selorm Branttie wrote "But in my time at tech I was an airforce cadet and we had guards of honor when we were doing our hall weeks"
Oppong Kyeremeh wrote "Kumasi Legon and concert."
Nana Kwasi Boakye wrote "Menuanum the big man nsem sem is deep rooted. We are in trouble. Smh"
Kwabena Antwi Ernest wrote "What is wrong with it ? If we can have people who have not worked before after university suddenly joins politics and makes it big, what do you expect of young graduates who sees great opportunities in politics. Allow them cos we have already set a bad precedent, so they are also following same"
Divine Kpe writes "You'll think this generation will offer some different leadership when they have the opportunity. Not at all. Just the quest for power, as usual"
Osei Assibey wrote "This generation ankasa games dey demma eyes paa lol"
Kwaku Azar quizzed "In Ghana?"
Amet Amet writes "These people have started early oo. In the next few years they will be promising free 3 square meal for all Ghanaians. By that time, VAT will be 50%"
Nii Ayi Komey wrote "In Legon we are very serious people we don't have time for fun fare.."
Stefan Governor wrote "And they start practicing corruption before they get into the mainstream"
Sampson Koku Darko wrote "Did they hire the Military people or what. If this guy no chop M.P. I go bore waaa. See the swag. Mahama kinda of swag"
Kwame Marfo wrote "Instead of "cracking" their brains to build the next super intelligent computer looking at them practicing some Idi Amin things !!!"
Nana Kwasi wrote "It starts from here oo and they will grow and become power drunk and corrupt gov officials in future. Nanka SRC nso de3 salute fa moho ben?? The tech president koraa de3 he dey bore me pass walking like there’s an egg in his anus no ..siasem!"
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