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02.10.2008 Politics

NUGS President on peaceful election

By The Statesman

The new appointed president of the National Union of Ghana students, Ishmael Tweneboa-Kodua has called on the various political parties to put an end to their act of squabbling and the petty quarrels they always create with each other.

He said, political parties must desist from the double standards that we have seen in this past few months where they pontificate the need for peace while their private utterances do not promote peace.

The president outlined that, instead of generating chaos, they should rather exercise their civic responsibilities by helping the EC for a peaceful election to prevail, because Ghanaians know themselves very well to be able to flush out people who constitutionally are not fit to decide who wins or loses the December elections.

In view of this, he also called on the Electoral Commission to live up to its billing once again and deliver a credible election for the country in this coming election.

These were disclosed last Tuesday in Accra at the handing over ceremony of the 2007/2008 NUGS executives which was chaired by Nana Steve Sobotie, head of the University of Education, Winneba-Kumasi Campus.

He noted that, the youth in this country are the future leaders, therefore every youth must stay clear away of violent confrontations, because the union will not hesitate to expose anybody who engages in violence before, during and after the elections.

"Where the fundamental values of our belief in democracy and the rule of law are threatened, we shall agitate and when we do so, we expect that our partners see our persistence in agitation not as ingratitude but as an attempt to ensure that the tenets of democracy to which we all pledge are not violated and ruined', he stated.

He therefore appealed to the government and other corporate bodies to continue to see NUGS as a stakeholder in national development rather than a mere pressure group interested in needless agitation.

Tweneboa-Kodua, assured the out-gone president that he and his executives are going to work very hard to build upon what they left behind and add more to it.

The out-gone president, Kweku Tuoho Bombason outlined some of the achievements of his tenure, including the acquisition of a bus through the instrumentation of the late Finance Minister Kwadwo Baah-Wiredu.