Never before in the archives of Kumasi Campus of the Valley View University (VVU), was it ever recorded that a female student ever ascended the Presidential throne of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC).This male-dominated record has, however, been broken by a Level 300 female student of the above-named university, Miss Esther Mensah.
In an election held on Thursday, 25th April, 2019, Esther polled 275 of the valid votes cast as against her major contender, Mr. Addo Enock, popularly called Onipaba, who polled 257. Other successful candidates included Messrs Amankwah Stephen (General Secretary), Boateng Bediako Asare (Public Relations Officer) and Alex Kofi Opiord (Financial Officer). Others were Mr. Ohene Duah Clement (Men’s Organizer), Miss Wereko Gifty (Women’s organizer), Mr. Asamoah Peter (Welfare Officer) and Mr. Peprah Evans (Editor).
What many students are wondering about is whether Esther’s Presidency is only going to be a record breaking exercise of a change in gender, or it is actually going to be dedicated to formulating measures that would translate into tackling the real issues that confront students in the final analysis. This is especially where past presidents have come under heavy criticism for sleeping on the job. Esther’s administration is going to be brought under serious check to possibly avert the mistakes of past occupants of the seat. She will not achieve it alone though, one fact worthy of note is that at VVU, ultimate responsibility is key as everything is blamed on the President. This is because the final decision rests with the SRC President, and not necessarily with the collaborated effort between the President and the other members of the executive board.
It is the hope of students of the university that a change in gender would lead to a corresponding change in vision, and a new focus of student leadership, and not necessarily a continuation of the status quo. Long live Esther’s Presidency, long live VVU, long live Ghana.
Felix Nyarko Acheampong reports for ghanaeducate.com.