Sometime ago, I don’t remember exactly when, but I do remember it was during the judgement days of the academic calendar when I chanced on a publication on ehmkannde.com that sought to do the good job of revitalizing the urgency of the principal issue of insecurity that has left the students of UDS Wa campus with bitter experiences and in some cases untold harms. It has always been the raptness of the very few who deny silence hospitality when things seem to be falling out of place that provides the oxygen for our leaders to work. I applaud you for your efforts.
I must admit however, that the concern on a general note is a pressing one that requires attention similar to that required of a ‘kungfu’ student and a swift response similar to that required of an emergency service. It is however important for us to understand that these incidents although can be avoided are the resulting consequences of the current path that the University has chosen.
The history of the institutions that have come before UDS, Wa campus has had similar experiences. Even in this present day and age, records of such incidents are still been recorded albeit at minimal rate. One would have thought though that lessons be drawn from the experiences of these institutions that predates UDS in order to prevent same from germinating in the UDS story.
Now to the content of your open letter to his Excellency Mohammed L. A Jarrah
Let me first point out to you that it would have been fairer on your part had you mentioned that most of these unfortunate incidents happen not on the normal busy days but during the dark and dead of the night and sometimes in isolated regions. Far from the reach of any Good Samaritan and the infamous available security. Need I also remind you that the SRC of Wa campus has gone as far as engaging the service of the Ghana Police Service? (Emphasis on the effort). I’m struggling to convince myself as to why you failed to mention that in your open letter. The in toto emphasis of the problem without given credence to the measures taken, however infinitesimal is suggestive of biasness, image soiling, and voluptuous vainglory.
In respect of your claim that the SRC has not in any way attempted consoling the victims of the crimes. What you forgot to remind yourself of is that you aren’t privy to all happenings on campus. Besides, what is the most authoritative source of information from the SRC or the reliable terminal for information as regards the SRC? Going by the established order of how information is relayed and the fact that you cannot reasonably justify your claim, you cannot sufficiently say that nothing otherwise have been done. For your information the SRC has a heart and more importantly a heart that knows and feels pain.
From where I sit I am not convinced of the weight to attach to some of the issues. your open letter is an eye opener to the SRC president and others to follow in his steps- a reminder of an ever alert ‘citizens’. I am very convinced that most of the backlash he receives is due to his utterances before his assumption of office. It is not as simple as it looks on the outside until one has given enough thought to it. Moving forward we all must become a part of the solution and not ‘town criers’ announcing problems without suggesting ways of curbing them. In our own small way we can be a part of the solution. Nonetheless the SRC must recognize that it is superintending over a territory pregnant with problems in labor.
Yakubu Ahmed Fatogma