This 51 year journey has not been a smooth one, especially in recent past. Last year, the Union, through it's executives witnessed a sharp division which eventually facilitated two congresses to elect two different sets of executives.
This, saw a petition to the High Court to ascertain and pronounce on the legitimate set of executives to restore calm. While the High Court of Ghana is yet to finally pronounce on the matter, the Union led by the General Secretary, who was authorized by the court to take over the running of the Union following the suspension of Presidents from the two sides, decided to go for Congress and the story this time was no different from last year.
The Central committee(CC) which comprises of SRC Presidents, Secretaries, Women Commissioners as well as Local NUGS Presidents and Secretaries of all member institutions met on Saturday, 21st October, 2017 at the University of Ghana to form the Vetting committee to vet aspirants and also prepare for Congress to elect new leaders.
Shortly after this, a petition seeking an interlocutory injunction brought before the Judicial Board by the Ghana Union of Professional Students (GUPS) saw the postponement of vetting from 9th-12 November to 20th-21st November.
This decision by the court was not accepted in good faith by a certain group of aspirants, hence they decided to go for their own congress, even though the National Executive Committee (NEC) had announce a postponement of Congress given the delay in Vetting.
This said group went ahead, flouting all decisions, to elect leaders at Methodist University College, Dansoman.
The legitimate congress which came days after (21st-22nd November) at the Vice Chancellors Ghana (VCG) Secretariat near University of Professional Studies-Accra (UPSA) saw the election of Mr Frank Amokohene as President, Mr Kabu Nartey as Secretary, Mr Derrick Abotsi as Treasurer, Mr Sylvester Marfo as Cordinating Secretary, Mr Eric Nana Agyemang as Press and Information Secretary, Mr Solomon Ananpansah as Programs and Projects Officer, Mr Victor Elias Seshie as International Relations Officer, Mr Dogbatsey Emmanuel Yaw as Financial Controller, Mr Kofi David as Education and Democratization Secretary and Ms Pearl Ossai as Womens Commissioner.
The coming days would be very interesting as already there appears to be a media battle over who and who constitute the legitimate set of elected executives.
Stay tuned to GhCampus.com for all the updates on this NUGS brouhaha