Open Letter to KTU 2019/20 Elected Executives

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Concerned Student, Apedzego Emmanuel (AHASS EC)
Concerned Student, Apedzego Emmanuel (AHASS EC)

Efo Qweku Apedzego writes;

In the book of Matthew 22:14, our lord Jesus Christ told us “many are called but few are chosen”. This should give us the indication that, in every battle there will be chosen ones. I congratulate all the chosen executive. Eight thousand students have entrusted their lives in your hands by standing under the sun to vote for you. Therefore, we hope you will come and improve on the foundation laid by your predecessors.

For those that lost, you are not losers, rather, it was a battle well fought and I congratulate you all. Accepting defeat and congratulating your competitors shows a high level of maturity and a growth in our democracy. My humble plea will be that you should all come on board to help make KTU a better place for us all.

Dean of students Affairs, our out gone SRC executives and all student activists who made sure that 2019/2020 SRC elections was devoid of rigging of and made sure it was a free and fair election for all players, I congratulate and thank you for your support.

Many of our students are frustrated about their lives on campus, disappointed and angry at our leaders. They were frustrated, disappointed, and angry during the just ended SRC elections campaign. These students rejected the political establishment and criticized people they viewed as elites for being out of touch and self-serving. They showed a profound lack of confidence in the way our SRC has been operating. In my view, the most important thing for our current elected leaders is to restore confidence in our student’s leadership for the confidence and the believe to be built back.

Now that we have our newly elected executives, it is better we tell them what is at stake, than to jubilate for their victory only.  As we have given you the mandate to come and manage our affairs for us, you must know that you are here to serve us but not to rule us. We the students made you our leaders and we can as well unmake you. There is a proverb that, if you want to know the true character of a person, give him/her power and money. We believe you therefore, be a father and mother to us all.

In your line of duty, you will encounter many criticisms, some from close friends, perceived enemies of your administrations, and activists. You either learn from the criticisms or you allow it to kill you. It is popularly said in our local dialect that, “Nyansa nni ɔbaako foɔ tirimu”, therefore open your doors for advice, but not all advises should be taken. Unity and team play will make your administration a better one.

As students, we know that the gap between SRC and us is like the distance from GHANA TO CHINA. The SRC only communicate issues they feel we should hear but which should not be so. Im urging your administration to get close to the students. We need more interactions; enlighten us more on pressing issues and task your PRO to have more engagement with the students. Also, find more ways to interact with your subordinates, practice management by walking around, initiate conversations and be constructive.

Mr. President, our SRC has now become a milking cow for some executives and appointees. A place where most of the executives use to enrich themselves. If you really want to be recognized as one of the best leaders we have ever had, please, put in place measures to curb this disgraceful act.

No leader sets out to be a leader. People set out to live their lives, expressing themselves fully. When that expression is of value, they become leaders. So, the point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely all your skills, gifts and energies  in order to make your vision manifest. You must withhold nothing. You must, in sum, become the person you started out to be, and to enjoy the process of becoming.” – Warren Bennis

Mr. President and our newly elected executives, I wish you the very best in your tenure of office. Great wishes and prayers to you Mr. President, Vice President and the other executive. May you be guided by the grace of the Almighty to lead SRC out of perils and crisis and into prosperous future. May He grant you the wisdom and the foresights needed to mobilize the weary and burned-out workforce at the SRC governance and eliminate the bad apple.

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