UPSA Law Student drags NUGS President before Judicial Board over Congress Suspension


A final year law student of the University of Professional Studies, Accra has sued the National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) and its President, Isaac Jay Hyde, over a decision to suspend this year’s Congress.

In a circular dated August 9, 2020, the Union said it would delay plans to organise this year’s Congress because of the Covid-19 situation in the country.

“Owing to the difficulty to organize logistics and mobilize students in the present conditions, the Secretariat has elected to focus its limited capacity on COVID-19 related responses and also help campuses in their smooth transfer of power,” the statement co-signed by NUGS Secretary, Divine Edem Kwadzode and NUGS President, Isaac Jay Hyde read.

In line with the new focus of the current leadership, the executives have resolved that “Congress and CC activities of the Union and all Blocs should be SUSPENDED for the NEXT TWO MONTHS due to constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, i.e. THE 54th ANNUAL RESIDENTIAL ELECTIVE
CONGRESS of the Union.”

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But a visibly aggrieved Mr Memphis Gyau Baffour said the decision by the Union undermines the operation of NUGS Constitution which does not make provision for the postponement of Congress that will see to a change of baton of leadership.

In the suit copied, the National Executive Committee was cited as first defendant with Mr Jay Hyde as the second defendant.

Mr Gyau Baffour is seeking among others for a declaration that the said circular is unconstitutional and hence void.

He is also asking for a declaration that any attempt by the current executives to extend their tenure of office is in breach of article 13(e) of The NUGS Constitution, 2019 and hence unconstitutional.