Nana Oye Gyimah,GNA
Cape Coast, Feb 13,
GNA – Professor George Oduro, the immediate past Pro Vice Chancellor of the
University of Cape Coast (UCC) has called on students leaders to remain
committed to their core mandate and resist all attempts to infiltrate their
rank with partisan politics.
He noted that the
habitual politicization of all issues in Ghana was not merely a concocted
perception but a veritable phenomenon with serious implications on
developmental priorities and policy strategy.
not inevitably bad but the often needless politicization of every issue at the
expense of strategic prioritization of national development dogmas must be
Speaking at a
‘leadership dialogue’ organised by the Atlantic FM, a UCC campus broadcaster on
Wednesday, the former Pro Vice Chancellor further charged students leaders to
move beyond partisan interests and focus on the quality dimensions of all
initiatives of national interest as that would hold individuals together as one
people aiming for a common goal.
is gradually taking a turn to partisan politics and in the process shifting its
main objectives and goals to improve the lot of the student body.
According to Prof.
Oduro, currently, issues of interest to the general student body were overly
analysed, criticised and thrown to the bin because those ideas and thoughts
sometimes came from colleague opposing students who may not share their
leadership style and political orientation.
“The practice, is a
bad start and a threat to the Nation’s development”, he indicated.
views, he stated that “destroying a nation does not require the use of
bombs, it only requires lowering the quality of education, then, patients die
in the hands of doctors, buildings collapse in the hands of engineers, truth is
killed in the hands of judges, and money lost in the hands of
leaders must see things from the lenses of students and for political
orientation, everybody has a choice but that should not affect their sense of
analysing typical national issues,” he added.
He underlined the
need for tolerance, harmony and peaceful co-existence among student leaders and
the entire student population devoid of character assassination and political
machinations that were geared towards terrorising people of different political
collectively build in tandem and raise
the standards and progress we would want to see in our Universities other than
allow political orientation to take our minds off what could do us well.”
He encouraged the
youth and all students leaders to work hard to move the nation and various
universities forward through hardwork, strategic planning, humility, tolerance,
respect for human rights and individual differences.