Speaker of parliament justifies delays in State of KNUST SRC Address as students oppose SADR Bill
After a month of failure by the president of the Student Representative Council of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST SRC) to address the general student body on the state of the council, Speaker of the KNUST SRC Parliament, Right Honorable Asamoah Agyemang Hanvila has given reasons leading to the delays.
The State of KNUST SRC address is an obligation which enjoins the President to account to the student body of the university through Parliament at the beginning and end of the semester in line with Chapter five of the SRC constitution 2011 as amended, (8) which states that the President shall in consultation with the Executive Council and acting on their advice: (a) At the first week of the beginning and at the end of each semester deliver at the General Council meeting an address of the state of affairs of the SRC.
Speaking in an interview with Focus FM’s Maxwell Asante Danquah on the Community Watch show, the speaker said, the house is considering dealing with some pressing issues which he describes as prior successfully before the state of SRC address is delivered.
“We have a lot of things that we are dealing with at the moment such as the Obuasi Bill which is very delicate because we just had first time students in the new Obuasi campus so we want to get the things that are very important to the parliament before we finally get to the state of SRC address,” he said.
The speaker also alluded the delays to the passage of the 2019/2020 SRC budget that has still not been passed by the house to allow the SRC to carry on with its activities, adding that his office has written to the office of the Dean of Student to hold all spending of the SRC until the house passes the budget.
According to the SRC parliament, the new bill is to increase the financial capacities of college associations so their projects and programs can suffice all students in their college, adding that it will add value and respect to the college association as the mother association and mouthpiece of all students and student associations in the college among other reasons.
But, according to the president of the Faculty of Social Sciences Student Association, Prince Opoku Foffie, said the parliament failed to involve and solicit the full consent of most of the Department and Faculties presidents in the process.
“With respect to the disbursement of funds at the College level, it needs to encompass the faculty presidents, the department presidents and the College presidents for which we are all stakeholders and as a matter of fact if a bill as such needs to be passed we need to arrive at a consensus and an agreement, but we were only called once and there wasn’t agreement,” he stated.