The Dean of School of Graduate Studies at the University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), Dr. John Kwaku Mensah Mawutor has urged leaders of Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana (GRASAG) National Secretariat to be nationally oriented when it comes to issues.

He said, this will ensure that the association as a student body becomes relevant stakeholder in shaping the destiny of this nation.

Dr. Mensah said this in his capacity as the Chair of a brief ceremony to launch GRASAG Extraordinary Congress at UPSA on Saturday, 21sth January, 2017.

The congress was on the theme: “Comprehensive Assessment of GRASAG; The Way Forward”.

He stated that previous administrations of the association did not participate in national issues probably because they were focused on different struggles on the students’ front which perhaps paved the way for a smooth transition to this new era of student activism.

He called on the leadership of the association have a national orientation in order to be relevant. He further appealed to the leadership to also make conscious efforts to champion the interest of graduate students in private universities across the country.

On his part, the President of GRASAG National, Mr Rashid Kwesi Etuaful intimated that, unlike the previous emergency congresses which were usually characterized by impeachment of executives, elections etc., this extraordinary congress was called to review certain aspects of the association’s constitution, adopt relevant document for smooth running of the association and forge a way forward for GRASAG. “One major thing I want to say is that emergency congress has been characterized by impeachment, elections etc. but this emergency congress saw nothing of a sort. It was peaceful and fruitful, and we had an excellent discussion,” he told after the congress.

GRASAG Presidents on various university campuses also presented their reports at the congress.

The congress was attended by delegates from nine (9) out of the twelve (12) member institutions across the country and a representative from All African Students Union (AASU).

Participating institutions include University of Ghana (UG), University of Cape Coast (UCC), University for Development Studies (UDS), University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Education, Winneba (UEW), University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA), Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) and University of Mines and Technology (UMaT).

By: Senanu Nyadroh

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