The Law Students’ Union President of the University of Professional Studies, Accra says one of his “major challenges” is finding people to fill committee positions.
Thomas Quansah has revealed he was often turned down by many of the law students he contacted to take up various positions within the Union.
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But their response was largely due to the pressure and stress that come with the law programme, he told UPSANEWSROOM.com’s Papa Nyan Andoh in an interview Tuesday.
“Sometimes too [those who] come to take up responsibilities are unable to fulfil the work that comes with it,” he narrated, adding it compounds the workload on the LSU executives.
“[But] you have to do things yourself. It’s all part of leadership,” he noted.
The LSU is one of the newest student groupings on campus established to champion a common voice and cause for law students.
Mr Quansah is the second president of the LSU since its founding and although he has been faced with several challenges, including irregularity in the payment of dues by members, he has been able to record some modest successes.
He cited his work with LSU Presidents from the other Law Faculties across the country which led to the major Law Students demonstration held last year.
The demonstrators advocated for legal reforms and changes to the admission requirements at the Ghana School of Law.
“Thankfully, it is yielding some results – there are some changes… [and] Parliament has sat on our matter and proposed [the way forward],” Mr Quansah said of the demonstration.
At the Faculty level, the LSU President said microphones used at the lecture halls have all been changed and students have been provided with a space to study in the night.
“Some of these advocacies have yielded results,” he said, adding the LSU under his leadership has been able to provide some branded souvenirs to fresh law students.
Also, the Union has been liaising with the Faculty to run various academic seminars to sharpen the capability of students.
“That’s not all but these are some of the things we have done,” he said.
Asked what legacy he wants to leave behind, Mr Quansah said he wants to be recognized as the LSU president who came to elevate the status of UPSA Law students through diligent and selfless service.