Daniel Oppong Kyeremeh, a student from the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), has been sworn in as the new President of the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) following his election at the 56th Annual Congress of the association held in July 2023.
NUGS, the largest student organisation in the country, is renowned for advocating the rights and welfare of Ghanaian students both at home and abroad.
Mr. Kyeremeh, a graduate student pursuing a Master of Arts in Brands and Communication programme at UPSA, emerged victorious in a closely contested election that saw enthusiastic participation from student leaders from various institutions across the country.
Delivering his inaugural address at a colourful handing over ceremony held on Saturday, September 9, at the GNAT Hall in Accra, he expressed gratitude for the trust placed in him by his fellow students and outlined his vision for the upcoming year.
He emphasized his commitment to promoting unity and collaboration among Ghanaian students.
“Together, we will strive for a brighter future for all students in Ghana, regardless of their background or circumstances,” Mr. Kyeremeh said.
He also pledged to work tirelessly to address key challenges affecting students, including access to quality education, affordable housing, and employment opportunities.
Among his key initiatives are the continuation of the NUGS Basic School project, the establishment of a NUGS agro project, construction of a residential village, and the setting up of at least three ICT community centers in underdeveloped communities.
He also plans to engage with government officials and other stakeholders for the provision of buses for private universities while advocating for policies that benefit students and improve the overall quality of education in Ghana.
Two other UPSA students have been appointed to serve as members of the national executive council of NUGS. They are Kwadwo Sarpong Manu, NUGS officer for Special Education, and Mabel Obeng, who will oversee issues of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET).
The Vice Chancellor of UPSA, Professor Abednego Okoe Amartey, has congratulated them on their election and appointments while expressing his confidence in their ability to champion the cause of students.
“I have no doubt these students will be outstanding advocates for student rights and welfare,” said Prof Amartey. “Their leadership, passion, and vision will undoubtedly make a positive impact on the lives of students across Ghana.”