Saturday 30th September 2017, marked the birth of Student for Liberty in Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology thus SFL-KNUST. The occasion was colorful and graced by the Vice President of Students for Liberty, Mr. Emmanuel Antu, who said an opening prayer for the commencement of the outdooring event. This was followed by a welcome address from the President (SFL) Mr. Daniel Attiso; in his welcome address, he touched on some activities that have been organized by SFL-KNUST prior to our inauguration. He said, “SFL-KNUST has enjoyed some success throughout the years.
Last academic year SFL in collaboration with the International Association of Agricultural Students and other Related Science (IAAS) organized a debate for the IAAS faculty presidential candidates. Let me hasten to add, that was the first time such an event was organized for the faculty. Students of the faculty were giving the opportunity to listen to the policies the candidates have for them and also to ask them questions. Introduction of Chairman and guest speaker also followed suit”.
The occasion was elevated with a competitive and glamorous debate (Undergraduate debate organized by the Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation -ILAPI) between Reps from SFL KNUST and the KNUST Writers Association (KWA). Nathaniel Dwemena, Local Coordinator for SFL and Frederick Yankey, spoke for the motion and Benjamin Opoku Arye (KWA President) and Emily Otoo Quayson from KNUST Writers Association spoke otherwise. The motion for the debate was Job creation; the role of the individual not the government. The debate brought up intensive and thrilling arguments between the two parties as well as students who were in attendance. Students were made aware that what goes on in the private sector which is perceived to be exploitation of consumers is preposterous but what really happen is voluntary exchange. Series of captivating events went on during the occasion some of which were spoken word from Crippendela the Poet.
After the debate, many students attested to the fact that private sectors create more and better jobs unlike political jobs that renders many jobless when there is a change of government. Another student also made a submission that, “if government can provide us with enabling environment with a flexible tax systems and exemptions for locals, all of us can create jobs and employ others because I am getting scared of my fate after school’’
Mr. Eric Coffie, a local coordinator for African Students for Liberty gave the solidarity message in support of the work put in place thus far. The occasion was blessed with Mr. Peter Bismark Kwofie, the president of Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI-Ghana) as the guest speaker. Mr. Peter Bismark Kwofie set the stage ablaze with his passion for Liberty admonish members to take up opportunities in Liberty. He added how competition within certain areas in Ghana’s economy including Telecom, has helped low prices to better the welfare of the citizenry. “The future is complex and posterity is today not tomorrow, you have the chance to change the future economically if you are liberated from forces of the two hands of government’’ he said.
Mr. Kwadwo Afriyie a lecturer, who doubles as the Chairman for the Occasion and Patron for SLF duly launched the Students for Liberty, KNUST in his inaugural speech. SFL-KNUST is blessed to have such a patron who is a lover of liberty. The inauguration saw an impressive attendance and at the end of the day students saw the need to advance liberty to building a free society which made many registered to join Students for Liberty – KNUST.