A delegation from the University Students’ Association of Ghana (USAG), which included Mr. Kingsley Sarpong Akowuah (President), Mr. Aaron Franklin Kyeremeh (Financial Controller) and Miss Janat Issifu (Press and Information Secretary), on Tuesday 2nd April, 2019 visited the SRC and Management of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) over alleged blackmail cases on the campus. The visit was necessitated by a documentary aired on one of the broadcasting Television stations of Multimedia, Joynews, concerning a gentleman (name withheld) who happens to be a student of the said university, allegedly invading the privacy of some ladies on campus.
The delegation from USAG, first of all, met the Students Representative Council(SRC) to get first hand information on the alleged case. The SRC in its statement rendered their dissatisfaction as to the delay of the case, looking at the evidence adduced against the accused. In furtherance to their statement, the SRC President, Murdock Kwame Yeboah opined that a quick action be taken to serve as deterrence to students who may have conceded such thoughts to engage in such illegality.
The delegation proceeded to meet the PRO Vice Chancellor, Professor Opuni Frimpong, who commended USAG for the pragmatic steps to see to the welfare of students of University of Energy and Natural Resources, a member institution of the Association. The President of USAG, Mr. Kingsley Sarpong Akowuah questioned Management on the steps taken to end such acts on campus. Management revealed that, their move to punish the accused after his (accused) confession at Police custody has been stalled by the injunction placed on them to act on the matter, and consequently, the court action triggered by some of the victims of the blackmail. Management further stated that, very soon, the matter would be brought to an end, and the appropriate action would be taken to ensure sanity in the reputable University. The President of USAG asked about the measures taken to safeguard the peace and dignity of the victims. Management revealed that the victims are taken through counselling sessions in order to help them uphold their womanhood.
The Association thanked the entire Management for the reception, as well as the SRC, for notifying us. The Association is of the view that, the victims and the accused are people of great interest to us because of our core mandate, which is to safeguard the interests of University students in Ghana and Ghanaian students abroad. Therefore, our position would not in any way defend any of the parties to the matter. In the Association’s response to the revelation from two meetings, the President stated that, the Association is committed to substantiate the truth or otherwise of the case levelled against the accused. That, the only institution to determine such truth is the court where the matter finds itself. It is the position of USAG that the court expedites its processes to bring finality to the matter, as laid before its competent power. The Association is keen to know the final determination of the case on 16th April, 2019 in order to end this whole shameful act which tends to muddy the name of the University.
We retreat our students, especially ladies in UENR to be calm and resolute as USAG remains committed to the interest of all students. Leadership will continue to follow the matter to the end, therefore we need calmness on our campus. We further urge Management to stay committed to student affairs, and not do anything that may be prejudicial to the proceedings of the competent court of jurisdiction, since conviction and acquittal is in the bossom of the court. We finally entreat our students to patronize counselling units, especially in times of distress in order to end any further unfortunate incident.
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