THE UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ASSOCIATION OF GHANA (USAG) SLAMS THE NDC PARLIAMENTARY CANDIDATE FOR AYAWASO WEST WOOGON CONSTITUENCY, DELALI BREMPONG OVER HIS CLAIMS THAT UNIVERSITY STUDENTS ARE MINORS
The leadership of USAG has learnt with great shock and bewilderment, comments made by Mr. Delali Brempong, who happens to be the NDC parliamentary candidate for the Ayawaso West Woogon Constituency suggesting that most of the students of University of Ghana are MINORS and therefore didn’t have to participate in the just ended limited voter registration exercise.
He made this claim on an Accra based radio station, Citi fm on 11th May, 2016 in his forlorn attempts to justify the rather disappointing turn of events at the University of Ghana registration centre where the Electoral Commission consciously disenfranchised some 8,000 registrable student population who could not participate in this all important exercise for no fault of theirs. Delali Brempong proceeded to applaud the EC for doing an excellent job by registering very few students at the University since he contends that most of the students are between the ages of 16 and 17 which didn’t qualify them to participate in the exercise.
The leadership of USAG is completely appalled by this claim which does not only sound factually incredulous but also laughable and preposterous. It is absolutely unbecoming of someone who wants to represent these students in Parliament as the MP for the area. If he cannot be trusted to defend the constitutional rights of these innocent students, then what is the guarantee that he can protect their rights and welfare in the event that he becomes their representative in Parliament?
For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state without equivocation that it is almost highly impossible to find a single student at the University who is less than 18 years. The nature of our educational system, where students spend at least 17 years before they get to the University, would only make nonsense of his claims that most of the University students are minors. How absurd could that be!
In the light of this, USAG is calling on Mr. Delali Brempong to retract his unfortunate statement which has justifiably incurred the wrath of University students across the country and for that matter USAG with immediate effect. Consequent to this, we also demand an unqualified apology from the NDC parliamentary candidate for this unwarranted disservice. We the University Students would advice ourselves accordingly in case he refuses to heed to our legitimate demand. We wish to conclude by assuring Mr. Delali Brempong and his likes that USAG shall fight this manifest injustice including seeking legal redress with or without his support until we are victorious for the love of God and country.
Long live the University Student
Long live USAG
Pamela Ohemaa Sarpomaa Dwomo
General Secretary, USAG
Henry Nkosuo Boakye
National President, USAG