As the peak representative body for students in the length and breadth of this country, the leadership of NUSS made visitations to tertiary institutions across the north, with a view to foster students’ unionism and determine how the problems confronting it in that part of the country should be arrested. Given that our visits to Milton Margai College of Education and Technology, the duo-campuses of Njala University in the south and Eastern Polytechnic a couple of months ago have given students’ activism a new lease of life, the visit to the north is the by-product of that sustained enthusiasm coupled with the readiness to have students’ unionism flowered into a crescendo across the country.
In a blitz of meetings with students’ leaders from Port Loko Teachers’ College, Northern Polytechnic and University of Makeni - meetings received with a flurry of collective joy from students’ leaders in attendance - a road map for overcoming the legion challenges that tend to sap students’ unionism in certain campuses was formulated. The ground plan is to have students’ representation at every campus to give students an opportunity to have a campus-based student goverment that will promote their interest at every turn, with NUSS coming in only when it is necessary.
With the growing appetite among students for campus-based representation, there is a fighting chance to achieve this goal.
The collected reaction of students of Milton Margai College of Education to the suspension imposed on students’ union activities within their campuses - a suspension our intervention contributed in no small measure to see it lifted - shows that students are no longer interested in using reactionary violence as a means of proclaiming their identity. We give them a round of applause for heeding our call to resist the temptation of painting a terrible picture of students’ politics when the suspension was imposed. We also put our hands together for the administration of the said college for accepting most of our recommendations, especially the lifting of the suspension on students’ union activities.
Viewed from this vantage point, we humbly call on administrators of campuses where there is no students’ representation of any kind and the authorities concerned to facilitate the conduct of students’ union elections for the purpose of giving their students the long-awaited campus-based students’ representation. As shown by the composure of students of Milton Margai College of Education and Technology throughout the course of the negotiations to see the suspension lifted, the eschewal of violence among our constituents has gained a wide currency - something for which we are tremendously proud!
Our visitation ended with our attendance of the Law Dinner organized by the Law Society of University of Makeni at the ultramodern UNIMAK Auditorium, where the leadership of NUSS pledged one million two hundred thousand leones to the the society for the furtherance of society’s activities.
This executive will not shrink from its responsibility of giving students the top-notch representation they deserve.
Long Live Students’ Unionism!
Long Live NUSS!
Issued from Public Relations Office of NUSS.
9th August, 2015.
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