The 2019/2020 Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG) National Secretary Candidate Sewornoo Arthur Perfect has, for the first time shared his experiences with the Association’s activities since his bid to lead TTAG has been shutdown.
Sharing his encounter with the first National President of the Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana (TTAG), he said, one is a waste of the association’s resources, without the requisite capabilities and knowledge to champion the cause of teacher trainees who are destress and yearning for quality leadership and a united front.
Sewornoo Arthur Perfect disclosed that, his vision to serve teachers trainees across the Forty-six (46) Public Colleges of Education, however, got thwarted by frivolous and self-seeking individuals who disguised themselves under the slogan, “For God and Country”.
In a statement Intercepted by Coverghana.com.gh, Sewornoo Arthur Perfect said;
Teacher Trainees’ Association of Ghana – TTAG; National Secretariat got this from me as a piece of advice to the current crop of leaders
I want to share with you something I have never told anyone, except my SRC President and good friend at the time: O.K.A
At one of the association’s Annual G.A Meetings in Asin-Fosu, about two years ago, I was privileged to have met the first ever president of TTAG. He was representing as the District Education Director as well as a special guest, perhaps thanks to his experience as regarded matters of TTAG. After having listened to the man deliver a speech with so much eloquence and articulation, I fell in love with his personality. When he was done and was about to leave, I decided that I would try to meet him and, at least, commend him for wonderfully delivering his speech and also ask him about- if providence permitted – how I could also appear before people with confidence and eloquence so much akin to his. It was not an easy task for me trying to meet him, as I had to maneuver my way through a lot of so-called bigwigs of TTAG. It was in meeting this man that I discovered that I could address the whole of Ghana, if, one day, the opportunity presented itself. He was also the same person who educated me broadly on the need for student leaders to take the business of activism so seriously as that, according to him, was the only measuring instrument for our fathers, of whether or not the country would be better-off or worse-of when they handed over to us or were no more. In the course of his long talk, I wondered if he knew he was speaking to an ordinary trainee. But it was palpable that the man took me for one of the bigwigs of the regime. I secretly enjoyed the privilege though
“One is a waste of the association’s resources, without the requisite capabilities and knowledge to champion the cause of trainees”
Back to the story of how I met the 1996 TTAG President, I want to say that, it was this man who first believed in my capabilities to contest a TTAG position, after I disclosed to him my true identity of not being a TTAG executive. It was also at this event that I made up my mind that I was going to contest as general secretary at the national level.
He said, as I quote, “If you are not an executive, you can become one, because you ask the right questions. People like you can lead TTAG”
This vision, however, got thwarted by frivolous and self-seeking individuals who disguised themselves under the slogan, “For God and Country”.
As I said earlier, the intelligence and eloquence of the 1996 President attracted me to his personality. Later in the course of events at the meeting, something bizarre and contrary to the aforementioned struck me, virtually giving me a cause for a second thought on my earlier personal conclusion that all TTAG activists were intelligent and smart people. Before I touch on some of the unfortunate incidents at the G.A, let me be quick to add that there were a few individuals, people like Thompson Owusu Baah, Nasrullah Ibn Mutawakil, Agboni Nicholas Kelvin, Apam Jonathan, Agbo Oscar Greenland, Seth Effah and others, who highly impressed me, thereby disputing the lazy and disgraceful impressions as were created by some of their fellows at the high table. I could tag all the names though.
From those shameful and embarrassing moments of some of the bigwigs: moments of TTAG executives struggling to put thoughts together in presenting issues, of them having to struggle for better words to use in addressing dignitaries, difficulty of speaking basic English, of them using vulgar language on their fellows, of them sleeping unnecessarily, of some just interested in food, and some only bent on chasing big titty WOCOMS and how they can hide in the night for them and some championing their parochial agenda, I concluded that, not all the people at the high table – for that matter – TTAG executives, were qualified or had what it took to be there. This is still the norm though. I concluded that not all of them were intelligent and smart as I had thought. Some got there by chance, and so only made folly of the opportunity given them to serve. Not all of them really took advantage of the opportunity to learn new things and skills. To a chunk of them, TTAG positions were portfolios for merrymaking and choosing a lot of girlfriends. There are people who have girlfriends in almost all the five administrative sectors of the association, and are still searching.
This, amongst many other reasons, is why I write this lovely article that each one of you carefully introspect thyself.
Are you being a lazy and disgraceful executive? Are you learning new things? Are you using the right words in addressing policy makers? Sometimes, you tend to compound the plights of trainees by just a simple use of the wrong expression. At the dialogue table, how do you appear both in manner and in appearance? Do you talk unnecessarily?
I want to end it here. I will come back with part two. As G.A approaches, make the right move, prepare your thoughts, read some leadership books and appear decent.
It’s obviously I have forgotten the name of my 1996 TTAG President. Anyone of you could kindly remind me of the name. He was my good friend on that day. Since that time, we have neither met nor spoken. He would love to hear from me same as I would, and I will tell him how my dream could not materialize. He has more great ideas to give to me.
This is a piece for you to meditate on, not to reply to.