By: Samuel Agyakwa Okodie
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts in heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.” (Dr Martin Luther King Jr.)
Established in the year 2002 by Professor Kojo Yankah, the African University College of Communication (AUCC), is a private tertiary university in the capital city of Ghana, and strategically located in the heart of Adabraka, Accra.
The school has had students who availed themselves for students leadership roles through the ‘Student Representative Council with the aims and objectives of;
- Creating an effective liaison between the student body and the management of the University in matters concerning academic work, discipline, welfare, etc.
- Promoting unity among students.
- Organizing and Promoting student activities and participate in external programmes with other institutions and affiliates in matters of mutual interest.
- Promoting African values to project the ideology of the University.
However, as much as credit can be given to the various administrations of the SRC since the inception of the University, for contributing and touching on the aims and objectives aforementioned, none surpasses and comes close to the performance and the achievement of the 2021/2022 AUCC-SRC administration headed by the ‘amiable, gentle, result oriented’ former President SAMUEL AGYAKWA OKODIE. A man who took the mantle of leadership of the AUCC-SRC not only to satisfy the motto of the African University College of Communications “discover yourself from here” but re-echoed the last line in the chorus of the AUCC school anthem “we will strive hard to make our people proud,” indeed the people are proud.
The 2021/2022 AUCC-SRC administration, successfully and ecstatically handed over power and the mantle of leadership to newly elected and sworn-in executives of the 2022/2023 AUCC-SRC, on Saturday 2nd July 2022. In what could be described as a ‘well organized, coordinated and brief event’ was the handing of tangible and intangible projects and achievements of the outgoing administration.
Some of the projects (tangible and intangible) handed over to the new administration to the admiration of all available were as follows:
A newly constructed ultra-modern eight-unit thirty-seater study bench and also renovated the old constructed study bench.
The first-ever ATM booth, through a strategic partnership with Cal Bank Ghana, we provided an ATM booth on campus to facilitate business, financial transactions and payment of fees for the students, lecturers and other individuals.
Scholarships and Internships, Awards in Sports and Entertainment and many others were some of the projects and achievements engaged in and handed over to the new administration.
These projects among other things is to provide comfort and ease the burden of students, management, teaching and non-teaching staff the hustle of walking long distance to withdraw cash and provide available space for students to engage and interact with one another and their guests when they visit campus.
Sincere appreciation to the President of the University-Professor Isaac Abeku Blankson, Vice President-Dr. Nufertiti Populampu, Registrar-Dr. Mrs. Juliana Owusu Ansah, the director of students affairs-Mr. Reginald Arthur, management, teaching and non-teaching staff, my distinguished executives, Chris Ocloo Ego, Dorcas Debrah and especially to the contractor- Dew Pryme construction and Mr. Duke Williams for the unending support in ensuring the completion of these projects.
With the aforementioned tangibles and intangibles, swift and conclusive victory and the commitment to be available not only for advice if the new administration deems it fit, but also to be scrutinized or investigated about my administration, it is fair, proper and fitting to be bravely arrogated to the popular Latin phrase attributed to Julius Caesar, “Veni, vidi, vici,” to wit, I came, I saw, I conquered.