The African culture is wordily complete and perfect in the sense that it has either a proverb, axiom or adage for almost every human endeavor. One of their sayings include “no matter how careful one is, the head must change its position while walking” and it is on this premise that some office holders rest their imperfections. Some even shield themselves under the umbrella that “to err is human and perfection is divine”. On the contrary, whatever is worth doing is worth doing well and that if at all one is beyond apprehension by fellow, God is there to judge.
Without beating around the bush, this piece is no any sweet talking but a riot act to all elected officials in all capacities. It is no longer satisfying to be silent at the excesses or shortcomings of these young politicians. Of a truth, this is not the first time issues are being raised but being swept under the rug, however, this time, it is going to be the last time such will repeat itself irrespective of who is involved.
Starting with, it is becoming unbecoming of elected officials to portray themselves as being superior to the other students because of the honorable or comrade that prefixes their names. Such guilty of the offence demand waivers from conditions, exemption from rules and preference in disguise. To a large extent, they breach protocols, violate rules and even disenfranchise students of their rightful rights and privileges. To those that have gone unpunished by authorities and untouched by students, karma is there to intercept them early or later in their life after school, but for those intending to do same, they should be rest assured of meeting their Waterloo.
The idea of taking what belongs to the poor for the rich and the rich for the poor is beginning to eat deep in the society. Student politicians now bask in the euphoria of seeing official seat as an avenue to enrich their pockets and/or further spread their ministry for their personal interest. Secretariats are more desirous than schools and some health facilities with anybody at anytime willing and ready to give up his career to aid politics. For this reason, every policy, development or law that is not student friendly or aimed at making life too comfortable for elected officials at the expense of the general public should be rejected on arrival.
Although, elected officials deserve to be appreciated, however, students have realized that the sole reason why the number of contestants is more than available, is not because the contestants have them in mind but for palatable conditions, fame and pocket-enriching opportunities available to them when they emerge. Even the self righteous ones become corrupt or silent in office. You will be shocked to the bone marrow to see no one coming out for post if the annual dues paid by students is scrapped or made voluntary.
Need anybody be reminded that the association runs and thrives solely on dues paid by the member students of the association and not that of anybody else. Some situations have emerged where some student politicians claimed that association is not thriving on the token paid by students, such office holders are dared to refund the dues paid and run the administration solely on the funds from sponsors they promised to get on manifesto night or the faculty/department leadership/management they claimed to be in support of their shady expenses. This is not an affrontation but a seized opportunity to crave indulgence to the fact that students will revolt against association dues being part of requirements for registration and clearance if office holders do not desist from just expending association’s money as they so wish.
Albeit the country is tagged as the giant of Africa and our citadel of learning is referred to the first and still the best university in the country, yet the administration of ‘worthy in character and learning’ students can’t be compared with that of students in tertiary institutions in Ghana, Kenya and the likes. Over there, there are enough student association project almost competiting with that of the university management’s but down here, it’s a sorry case. All that can be boast of are sitting sheds that does not shades students from neither the rain nor the sun; notice boards that remains useless even after the second set of team; and as if that’s not enough, some even at first disappear into the thin air with huge amount of students’ money. At this point, students are not only tired but sick of such insensitivity.
Again, with respect to the issue of substandard projects, it was argued that huge fortunes have been expended on students souvenirs. Students’ sanity, sanctity and intellectuality have over time been taken for granted with the choice of packages distributed. Students have at once been given ordinary sticker and constitution, small sized plastic bucket and even a ‘pillow bag’. What a pity! Be that as it may, nothing of such will be allowed. More so, the programs of the association will henceforth be strictly monitored not only by the eagle eye of the press but by program implementation and monitoring committee and conscious students.
At the faculty level, there are members of the hallow chamber. In the recent past, students have seen honorable members that have not spoken at the floor of the house during deliberation except when item 7 is distributed during recess. Some honorable even practice truancy, they attend sitting when it pleases them with the excuse that they have important things to do. The question is what if everyone else too have something important to do? This is what we want: since each department has three honorable members each, it is highly recommended that at least two must be present at the plenary session and any dormant council member will be recalled and replaced by the department.
Where there is no law, there is no sin, alas, a dog that will go astray will never hear the whistling of the hunter. Hence, to be fore warned is to be fore harmed.