A student leader at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Kadri Alhassan, has urged students in the various tertiary institutions to desist from the practice of partisan politics on campuses.
He condemned institutions which offer their platforms for partisan politics, stating that such practice breeds corruption.
He said in an interview on the Big Bite Show on X-fm that students who engage in active partisan politics become objects of influence for political parties.
“I have consistently said that I am terribly disappointed in the fact that we have allowed partisan politics to become a feature of our student politics and this is admittedly quite widespread,” he stressed.
Kadri Alhassan, the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) President of GIMPA, explained that student leaders have the mandate to project the image of their schools but not serve the interest of political parties.
He argued that “once you accommodate partisanship in your student politics, you defeat the purpose of it. For instance, I have the mandate of GIMPA students and my fundamental role is to promote the interest of GIMPA students. Now, if you have that mandate and you are using that mandate to promote the interest of for instance; the NPP, the PNC, the NDC and so on, you clearly defeat the purpose of it. ”
He blamed students for allowing political parties to infiltrate politics in institutions. He further noted that politics on campus have become an expensive venture as students demand money from political parties to support their agenda.
This he decried makes the students susceptible to the parties and as a result, they carry out their duties in compliance with the directives of the parties.
He therefore advised students to wean themselves off the control of political parties.
“We can make progress. We just need to begin to appreciate that our mandate does not include the mandate of political parties. And so with this type of attitude, I’m sure we will make progress.” he concluded.
Source: Ameyaw Adu Gyamfi/Xfm 95.1/Accra/Ghana
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