NUGS Suspends President

National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) – the largest student body in the country – has asked its National President to step aside until a court case against him was finally determined.

The decision to suspend Paa Quecy Adu was taken by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of NUGS at its meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015.

This was contained in a press statement issued on Friday in Accra, jointly signed by NUGS’s Press and Information Secretary and Coordinating Secretary, Thomas Takyi-Bonsu and Paul Gyan respectively.

According to the statement, ‘The National Executive Committee has from this day forward (18th November 2015) ordered Mr. Paa Quecy Adu to step aside while the National Secretary makes an appearance in court to pursue the interest of the Union.’

Paa Quecy Adu’s legitimacy to the NUGS presidency is being contested in court in two different cases by two members of the Union.

In accordance with Article 40 (d) of NUGS’s constitution, Mr. Adu as the president is supposed to represent the Union in court in the event that any suit is filed against it.

However, the contention according to the statement, has been that Mr. Adu cannot be expected to act in  good faith in the case without sacrificing the interest of NUGS since the matter borders directly on his illegitimacy, thus the decision to have him step aside as the president to enable him defend himself in court independently.

Aside the issue of conflict of interest, NUGS claimed also that ‘Adu has consistently told blatant lies to the National Executive Committee concerning the Union and himself in court over his legitimacy.

It further claimed that the embattled president ‘has always sought to disregard the court issues as if they didn’t exist.

‘As we speak, NUGS is incurring cost each time the Union fails to make an appearance in court.’

It added, ‘The National Executive Committee holds the opinion that the continuous absence of NUGS in court to defend itself could lead to gross fines, amounting to financial loss to the Union.’

This, it said, ‘has prompted NEC to take this action to forestall this likely event in the interim to mitigate the seemingly looming crisis.

Thus, NUGS has announced that its National Secretary, Ferdinand Boakye Boateng, would act in the capacity of acting president until the court case was determined.

BY Melvin Tarlue

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