Ho Technical University (HTU) went to the polls on Monday, April 30, 2018 to give the nod for the first time, to a female to steer the affairs of the student body.
Vera Fafa Agbenya made history when she secured 1,245 votes signifying 51.6% as against his male contender, Bright Delali Atakuma’s 1,140 representing 47.2% to become the University’s first female President of Students Representative Council (SRC), 50 years after its establishment.
Elections in HTU had witnessed female SRC President Aspirants but unlike Vera, none came out victorious as males continued to carry the day after vote counts for the past 50 years.
However, by dint of diligence and determination, Vera won the position that has been construed to be the preserve for men.
Immediate Past President, Frederick Cobby Mudey was happy about the outcome of the election. He disclosed that he supports women empowerment and sees Vera’s victory as historic and a dream come true.
“It is an honour handing over as the jubilee President to a history President. I always fight for women empowerment and I think the time has come where people are hearing our voices because Cape Coast Technical University recorded their female President-elect few days to our history”
It is my belief that, she will deliver as expected from her in order to dispute the critics of women not being able to withstand pressure from such an office, ” he added.
Meanwhile, 2013/2014 HTU SRC General Secretary, Courage Christson Tetteh said, Vera’s victory was as a result of conscious efforts made towards the progress of women and not just by chance.
“In the month of May, the current Women Commissioner, Lily Dzamesi along with Global Shapers Ho Hub, LIFE-MAC Network Foundation, Feminine Star Africa and Barcamp Ho, launched a Woman Acceleration Summit to commemorate the International Women Day and pressed for the progress of women. It is therefore, not surprising to hear that a female President has been elected following this event.”
He added the Institution had its first female rector four years ago and a historic first female SRC President was just what it needed. He therefore, urged the President to excel in discharging her duties to prove the point that the position of SRC President is not solely for men.