The Graduate Students’ Association of Ghana – UMaT Chapter, held its maiden executive council meeting on the 9th of November, 2019. The executive council as by the dictates of the GRASAG – UMaT constitution is the highest decision-making body of the association and concerns itself with determining the strategic direction of the association. The meeting brought together elder statesmen, immediate past executive committee members, past and present chairpersons and members of committees and commissions, representatives from the various departments and finally representatives from the international student’s fraternity to deliberate on issues affecting members of the association and to find long-lasting solutions to the raised concerns.
The president of GRASAG – UMaT, Mr. Jacob Atewin Abaare in his welcome address commended past administrations for laying a detailed blueprint for his administration to build on and stated that their good work will forever be remembered in the annals of the association’s history. He further rendered an apology to the house for not convening the executive council meeting six weeks upon assumption of office as enshrined in the association’s constitution. He added that delay was due to some major difficulties his administration encountered and not just mere intransigence on the part of the executive committee. He finally admonished all members of the executive council to be sound and impartial in crafting meaningful legislation for the association.
Presenting the State of GRASAG Address, the assistant secretary Miss Shiphrah Ohene Adu highlighted the achievements of the Abaare – Maame Boamah led administration as follows within the period under review: Partnership with other professional bodies such as Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE) to help members acquire professional membership, Institution of the weekly research tip to enable members of the association to advance their research work, formation of the executive council to allow extensive consultation on pertinent issues affecting the association, reaching gender parity in terms of representation in the executive committee and other major committees and commissions.
Some of the concerns that ensued from deliberations included accommodation difficulties for postgraduate Ghanaian students, the need to engage the postgraduate school’s account during weekends to enable students who are on the weekend stream make transactions, etc.
The president responding to the concerns sympathised with the students who were affected and promised to engage management on the issues raised to find long-lasting solutions to them.
Source: GRASAG – UMaT Editorial Team