On Friday, April 1, 2016, the Grand Bassa University Student Association (GBUSA) of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion University (AMEZU) commenced a constitution review process which coincided with a-day planning retreat.
The event was held in the main Conference Room of the Montserrado County District 12 Offices, in the Bardnesville Township, on the Somalia Drive. The program, organized by the GBUSA’s Program and Project Committee under the theme: “Let the Light Shine,” brought together more than 70 of the association’s members, as well as, two guest officials of Grand Bassa Compound One Students’ organization.
During the interactive event, suggestions and recommendations were recorded to be inculcated in both final drifts of the plan of action and constitution of the association.
Giving an overview of the retreat, Mr. Theophanous Joe, chairperson of the committee welcomed the students and intoned that the retreat was meant to plan a calendar of event for the semester year 2016-2017 and also to review hoary provisions in the organization existence constitution to ensure its confront with present day reality.
He noted that developing a plan of action and review the organization’s Constitution was necessary to enhance growth, development and unity in diversity, as well as, increase transparency and accountability in the organization.
Also speaking, Dejonah Cooper, Chairman of Constitution Review Ahoc–Committee, said the development and finalization of the existence constitution was necessary because the appetite for governance was increasingly high. However, he noted that it has been realized that the law doesn’t confront with situations of today.
“We’ve been talking about this constitution review ever since. We have distributed the copies of the constitutions and solicited your views at gatherings. We need additional inputs, suggestions, and recommendations. This means you have to participate fully in ensuring that we achieved the review process,” Cooper challenged his fellow colleagues.
For his part, Solomon Watkins, president of the Grand Bassa University Student Association of Zion University called on the students to plan for the organization as well as review the institution’s constitution with an open mind.
Mr. Watkins said, Liberia is facing several problems ranging from road network, infrastructure development- education and health facilities due to the way past and present leaders intend to drive the developmental agenda of the country.
According to him, if Liberia must be a better place for all, the student community needs to project development beyond self-interest. “Remember, you choose the theme: ‘Let the Light Shine.’ If the light will continue to shine, it must commence with you, the decision you will make today for this and the next generation of Bassa students.
“We can’t move in the direction where policies are developed for either the few or for corrupt purposes. This is why we are students. Our task is to make the difference. That is not tomorrow but now,” Watkins maintained.
Meanwhile, at the end of the retreat, the constitution review committee, comprising Dejonah Cooper, Chairman; George G. Farneah Jr., Co-chair; and Darius Whendyu, Secretary, among others, was mandated to clean-up and finalize the constitution for presentation and subsequent endorsement by the general body during the association’s next general meeting. The general meeting of the association is expected to take place on the AME Zion University Benson Campus on Friday April 8, beginning 12pm.