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It is a great honour and privilege for me to assume the role of President of this Association.
The NSA plays a critical role in helping to address societal problems through the use of the University's capacity. Therefore I commit to provide the leadership the Association requires in order to achieve its objectives and implement its strategies, and I also commit to listen and respond to your needs as members and work very closely with our Executive Board.
We have come a long way since the NSA officially began on the 4th of May, 2007 and since then the scope of the Association has broadened considerably in this relatively short time with our increasing numbers, and this corresponding expansion demands more from us as Association members.
Those who have steered the Association along this dynamic road have done so in a responsive and measured way, ensuring appropriate adjustment and continuity in Association affairs. Many people have contributed to this outcome, far too many people to mention here by name.
However there are a few individuals I must recognize - OluKunle Samuel Sogeke, for his leadership and friendship during his term as the pioneer President of this association, Harun Dauda for his dedication and vision over the years, Kevin Abayomi for his commitment, and Samson (the outgoing president) for his input and contribution in the planning and organization of the activities of the association and for ensuring the continuity of the NSA in this critical time.
. I believe the essence of what we do in the Association is to help create an enabling environment that enhances outcomes in societies. as incoming president I would like to take this opportunity to thank our university. We hope that we are able to focus our energies on investigating and sharing how we can apply our expertise to build bridges across disciplines and borders to make our academic and social lives better here in Cyprus and beyond this shores as we go through life's journey. So. The betterment of individuals is one of my major goals as President. The numbers that have turn up here today for this first general meeting of the 2011/2012 Fall semester. points to the relevance and level of interest we are building to work together and lift the face and voice of our people in this university and the community at large. economies and the global environment.I would also like to recognize our outgoing Executive board members: I would like to congratulate and welcome our new and re-elected board members. We have a strong strategic focus in this Association. This shows we are an organization strong on teamwork and an organization on the move. We stand as a body here to commit to building Bridges between our people and the university as well as the society in which we live. which happens to be the body through which we find expression as an association.
"No matter what you want to do with your life I guarantee that to reach your potential NSA will help in whatever way it can. the diverse . The skills you gain from taking part in NSA activities. but you might not know it until you join the GAU TV production team. but you might not know that until you run for the NSA Presidency. of your involvement in NSA.For the new students Every single one of you has something that you’re good at. maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper but you might not know it until you write for our student magazine. I know what it’s like. Maybe you could be Governor someday or an important leader of an organization. overwhelmed by what lay before me. will decide nothing less than the future of this University and this Association. What you make of your time in Cyprus. Your success will be NSA’s success. Every single one of you has something to offer. The hopes of NSA depend on you. That’s the opportunity NSA can provide. Maybe you could be a great writer. Maybe you could be a cameraman or a director. media and governance will determine whether we as GAU students can compete with the very best. " This isn’t just important for your own future. You have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. I get it. maybe even good enough to film Nollywood blockbusters or direct Award winning movies back home or abroad. I know that this is all new to you. Five years ago I sat where you are now. NSA’s achievements will be your achievements. it can seem scary and daunting.
Don’t let anyone ever tell you ‘you can’t do something here. how confident or shy you are – none of that really matters anymore. and the whole Executive. but now I've understood it all much better. Yes its tough and living expenses is on the high side. you write your own story. for others it's a completely new experience. Where you have come from doesn’t determine where you’ll end up. We all do it every day. Some of you already know about Cyprus through friends or relatives who are here already. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Here in Cyprus. No one’s written your destiny for you. Throughout my first year I thought to myself "what in the world am I doing here?" it took me a while. But from now. become an active member of the NSA community. That’s why today I’m calling on you to stand up and be counted. But I can only stand here and ask this comfortably because I. Make your voice heard. They will be an Advice and Support Centre on our website to be your first point of call when you have an issue or if you’re in need of guidance. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness. join this society. how much money you have. For many of you this will be your first time living away from home. but so is everywhere for the lazy people! You must take ownership of this University. Don’t sit idly by whilst others lead NSA. you must take part in your student association. If you have any problem then your Executives are here for you. what you look like. the circumstances of your life. where you come from. NSA is here to do its best to help you at every stage. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You build your own home. at this university. have promised to give our utmost best in service to you. nominate yourself. or this place isn't any good. It might seem I’m asking a lot from you. it’s a sign of strength because it shows .cultures and the thousands of people.
Today I want to ask all of you. but you can reach you on facebook or on your website. Once again congratulations on choosing GAU and welcome to NSA.you have the courage to admit when you don’t know what to do. I believe in NSA. Remember It's all about you! Which one of you will be standing here making this speech next year. academics. the next four years will be the best years of your life. Advice and support. students. You have to play your part. and that allows you to solve your issues. But to succeed. There will be difficult times ahead. but as a community we must be as one. opportunities. I believe in the students of this University. . that’s what we give to you. There will be times when you face challenges. It's a shame we live in a society that doesn’t fully understand the benefits of Cultural integration. debate. societies. the University. That doesn’t understand that we (students) are the key to the survival and future success of the economy. I believe that without question. you have to face them and we are right behind you. what’s your contribution going to be? I don't expect answers now. or the year after or the one after that? Which one of you will walk out of here and nominate yourself for service? How many of you will use NSA to get the most out of your time in Cyprus? Now more than ever we have to come together.