Let me first of all congratulate you on your election to the office of the SRC President of our young university. A history has indeed been made. You need not be reminded that you are the first female president of our noble university. You never have it on a silver platter. Your victory has come as a surprise, especially having battled with three strong men in a community where female leadership is not something that is openly celebrated. Your hard work, resources, and sacrifices have really paid off.
Madam President, the elections are over now. And thankfully, you successfully took the oath of office a couple of weeks ago. You are now the leader and the chief spokesperson of each student in the school. Just to borrow your campaign slogan ‘mother for all’.
Dear President, it is obvious that you are a member of the University Council. You become a member because the students have given you their power and authority to represent and speak for them by electing you. Very soon, you will be invited to your first council meeting. The major agenda item may be the determination of fees for the 2021-2022 academic year. Undeniably, this will be one of your major first tasks.
In the discharge of the above duty, Madam President, be humbly reminded that we have two categories of students currently in the school; the UDS students and the SDD UBIDS students. Also, be reminded that the UDS students are on what is termed the flat rate fee policy and that any attempt to vary it would be problematic. Be on guard. There were attempts to increase it last year. Be further reminded about the economic difficulties that we are experiencing due to the effects of the COVID 19 pandemic. In all things, remember that your presence at the council is first of all to seek the welfare of your constituents, who are your fellow students.
If there are reasons why people were skeptical about voting you into office, the perception that a lady can easily be walked over by an administration can not be ruled out. The burden is on you to prove us wrong. Be strong and firm in your decisions. No one person possesses all the wisdom in the world. Seek good counsel if need be.
Madam President, I must say that you are a strong and resilient leader. You already know the task that is ahead of you and I am very much convinced that you are ready and fully prepared for it. However, permit me to say a few things.
If you really want to achieve the unimaginable in your tenure, then you must at all times aspire to be a great unifier. You are the boss and proving that will be needless because everybody already knows. Try as much as you can to get the unflinching cooperation of the various departmental leaders as well as the leaders of the various halls of residence. Do well to carry them along. As I said earlier, elections are over and there is no more opposition, hence no ‘enemy’.
The humility and sense of respect with which you approached and wooed people to vote for you are needed now more than ever. I am delighted to note that you are already making efforts to work with some people who worked with other teams during the electioneering period. A pat on your back. That is the mark of a true leader. You have done what many can not do. Never let the camp that someone belonged to prior to the election deter you from engaging him or her. As long as the person has the right attitude, competence, and desire to serve, you are good to go.
Madam President, your name has been perpetually written in the book of history. You have opened the floodgate for other well-meaning ladies to follow. But not without a price. You can not afford to disappoint the many ladies that you have given hope to. Your efficiency, effectiveness and sound judgement are undoubtedly the price that you have got to pay for your ladies and other upcoming leaders.
Wishing you a successful tenure in office. Congratulations once more.
Asase Emmanuel Komla
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