12th UPSA Parliament Inauguration: In a remarkable demonstration of democratic ideals and the power of student leadership, the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) celebrated a momentous occasion on August 16, 2023: the grand inauguration of its 12th Student Parliament.
12th UPSA Parliament Inauguration
Under the theme “Empowering Voices, Shaping Tomorrow: The Power of Student Leaders and Their Role in Shaping the Future,” this event served as a vivid embodiment of civic engagement and dialogue, reflecting the heart of Ghana’s governance.
The Student Parliament House, a prominent club within the UPSA campus, stands as a living testament to democracy’s essence and civic participation.
With a design that emulates the esteemed National Parliament of Ghana, this platform brings together the academic and practical realms, fostering vibrant engagement and stimulating discourse among the university community.
Mr. Michael Avenorgbo, the esteemed Patron of the UPSA Student Parliament House, set a tone of enthusiasm and unity as he warmly inaugurated the ceremony.
In his welcome address, he underscored the pivotal role of student leaders and applauded the outgoing executives for their dedication to fostering an environment of dialogue and progress.
Avenorgbo’s words resonated with unity and support, emphasizing the collaborative spirit essential for effective leadership.
A Bridge Between Theory and Reality
Dr. Joseph Gerard Nii Tetteh Nyanyofio, a distinguished guest and New Patriotic Party (NPP) Parliamentary Candidate for La Dadekotopon Constituency added depth to the occasion with an insightful lecture.
As a Senior Lecturer at UPSA, Dr. Nyanyofio’s unique blend of academia and practical experience bridges the gap between theoretical learning and real-world application. His words highlighted the transformative potential of student leaders in shaping society.
He emphasized, “The essence of leadership is embedded in the power to inspire, advocate, and drive positive change,” urging students to recognize their potential as agents of change.
Surveyor Maxwell Kwame Lukutor, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Parliamentary Candidate (PC) Elect for South Tongu Constituency, brought a unique dimension to the event by drawing parallels between precision in land surveying and responsible governance.
Lukutor’s speech highlighted the importance of accuracy in decision-making, drawing a captivating connection between surveying instruments and the conversations that unfold within the Parliament House.
Influencing Policy Through Youth Voices
Mr. Osman Ayariga, Deputy National Youth Organizer for the opposition NDC, introduced a thought-provoking element by delving into the NPP government’s proposed 10% tax on sports betting and lotteries.
His speech underscored the significance of youth voices in policy advocacy and the role of student leaders in influencing government decisions.
A Tapestry of Empowerment and Progress
The 12th inauguration of the UPSA Student Parliament House was more than an event; it was a resounding celebration of democratic principles, unity, and the boundless potential of student leaders. Academia, politics, and practical expertise converged, weaving a tapestry of empowerment and progress.
As attendees departed, they carried with them a renewed sense of purpose and an eagerness to contribute to a future that mirrored their ideals.
In essence, the UPSA Student Parliament House’s grand inauguration marked a new chapter of empowerment, unity, and democratic discourse. As it continues to empower young voices and shape tomorrow’s leaders, this dynamic platform reflects the essence of democracy and the potential of student leadership to drive positive change.
Source: Ghana Education