COVID-19: The pandemic is to be blamed for our slow start – Amin Sabato

Mr Y. M. Amin Sabato, PRO – AAMUSTED SRC

Following the donation by the Member of Parliament for Kwadaso Constituency, Dr Kingsley Nyarko, to the management of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development at the forecourt of the Administrationblock on Wednesday May 19, 2020, the Student Representative Council (SRC) has been speaking, commending both management and the MP for the occasion.

The donation, worth thousands of Ghana Cedis; made up of ten pieces of LED Street Lights, 500 bottles of Hand Sanitisers and 1,000 nose masks, will have the capacity to boost the school’s lighting system and also combat the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic which has grossly affected educational institutions.

In an interview on the Major News, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the SRC, Amin Sabato has said, students of AAMUSTED should be rest assured as they are half-way through negotiations that will lead to significant improvement in security issues as the street lights donated by the MP will be installed at vantage points.

“For now, it [donation] is in the hands of the administration and that partnership that has begun, because this donation came strictly through the SRC and once it has been donated to the school, we would continuously work hand-in-hand to see that immediately, it is put up at the right places that it is meant to.”

“We assure the good people of AAMUSTED that, we’re almost halfway done because it is an issue of concern that must be tackled immediately” he explained.

According to the PRO, numerous appeals which include boosting security as well as procurement of a bus have been laid with the MP for consideration.

“Some of the things that would need public-private partnership and entire societal responsibility that has to do with security around this area [AAMUSTED], so issues of security are on the MP’s table as we speak. We want him to augment the security issues within Kwadaso Municipality even extending it to Abuakwa and the rest so we’ve engaged all stakeholders. So issues of security is one issue we’re looking at.”

“Secondly, we’re also looking at, he lobbying for us through the Ministry of Education to get us a bus aside what we plan getting for the school and adding that one will help us also in other activities and help a lot of students and we can use some for commercial purposes, among others” he added.

Mr Sabato further indicated that the SRC is fully focused on elevating MYND FM, the university’s radio station to one that will incorporate television programmes.

“We’ve also talked about revamping the radio station that we have and see if going forward, we can have it as a partnership together with a TV Station on campus here that will be efficient and sustainably utilized by the student body.”

Reacting to the question on fixing pertinent needs of the students, the SRC’s PRO said, had it not been for the Coronavirus pandemic and the youthful nature of the school, things would have been for the better.

“I think that if I may, one of the best student-management relationship or partnership in ensuring the betterment of student has to do with this administration. We’ve been able to establish a good rapport with the management and they are giving us a listening ear” adding, “The only hurdle we have is the financial issue. This is a new institution on its own that is why we’re praying harder that things will go normal, given the fact that COVID-19 has crippled us, financial issues have been a burden and that is the main impediment.”

Meanwhile, the SRC is preparing to organize its Week of Celebration coupled with the maiden edition of AAMUSTED Got Talent and the organization of symposia and educational talks.

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