Olive Okala on self control and always leaving your phone on.
The exiting BHU SRC female P.R.O shed light on what the last year taught her and how her office contributed to students welfare.
Private Campus – So this is the longest tenure spent by any set of officials right?
Olive – Yes it is
PC– How different were your expectations (before you were elected) from reality (the one year in office)?
O– Well, My expectations weren’t really different from the reality. This is because I had made enquiries about the post before actually deciding to run so let’s say I had a great head start. Although there have been times that I had to do stuff other than my actual responsibilities, but it wasn’t something I couldn’t handle.
PC – Hmm your preparedness showed. Your office did a great job.
And this is arguably one of the tenures with the most efficient set of student representatives the school has seen.
So what specific contributions did the office of the P.R.O make to this success?
O – Information is a vital thing. And how fast the information is passed, indeed very important.
One thing the office of the PRO made an obligation was ensuring that students be aware of what was happening as soon as it happens. Memos were sent out online and were physically pasted on the notice boards of each hostel. I can confidently say 95% of the students were reached everytime information was passed.
One thing the office of the PRO made an obligation was ensuring that students be aware of what was happening as soon as it happens.Olive Okala
PC– That’s so true. I think that students appreciated the memos sent round especially those that seemed as “trivial” as info on issues with the generator and things like that.
How were you guys able to come up with a system that worked so well?
O– Of course it took the grace of God lol. Also, I believe it was the fact that we were all so passionate and committed to our work. We all understood that we weren’t just working for the students but for ourselves as well so whatever we did would affect us too.
PC – Well the office of the P.R.O is sort of a bridge between the student body and the school management and so you had to be a mouthpiece for both ends.
What was it like communicating with the female students particularly?
O– To be honest, it wasn’t entirely easy, especially with having two female hostels in school. And of course I can’t be in both hostels at the same time. I tried my best to visit both hostels as often as I could. And luckily for me, my phone number was made available for all students to call at anytime. So I definitely got a number of calls.
PC– Okay so you mentioned using your phone number for communicating with the students, well what other kinds of media do you think the school should employ for effective communication with students?
O– Well, I can’t really say much concerning that because of the school rule on the use of smartphones. So I guess we would just have to make do with what we have now.
PC– So does that mean the smartphone ban hinders smooth communication? To an extent at least
O – Without it, we’ve been able to communicate with a large number of students. But in all honesty, it does hinder it to an extent.
PC – We’re always advocating for gender equality especially in positions of authority/power and even in leadership positions, sometimes females are still marginalized.
Did you ever face any issues of sexism during your time in the office?
O– Well, I wouldn’t say I faced any precise issues on sexism but there were definitely times that I felt I was being segregated and being the kind of person I am, I spoke up about it and adjustments were made thereafter
PC– Oh that’s great.
Pending on how things go based on resumption, we are expecting the best campaign season to kick off pretty soon.
What is one thing you’d like to tell your successor, whoever they may be?
O– I would like to say self control is an attribute you should develop not just in office but in your everyday life, Avail yourself and most importantly, always leave your phone on lol 🙂
PC– haha! that’s good advice
So should we expect to see you running for any office in the future?
O– Oh most definitely!
PC– Nice! You know we’ll be rooting for you all the way!
O– I’m really glad to hear that