Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Deputy Minister of Education, in charge of Tertiary, has advised graduates from tertiary institutions to explore various avenues to create employment for themselves.
Mr Ablakwa said self-employment should be the option for the unemployed, especially graduates, to contribute to national development since the formal, public and private sectors were unable to absorb the high number of graduates every year.
He gave the advice at the Ninth Congregation of the Kumasi Polytechnic (K-Poly) at the weekend.
Two thousand, two hundred and fifty-five students graduated with Bachelor and Diploma degrees in Civil Engineering, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Business Management, Applied Science, Computer Science, Built and Natural Environment among others.
Two of the graduands, Mustapha Murphy Mubarak and Abdul Rasheed, have set up a joint venture christened “Positive Carry Breakfast,” to provide breakfast for workers in the Kumasi Metropolis who often skipped their breakfast in the house.
Mr Ablakwa lauded K-Poly for setting up the Institute of Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development and the Business Incubation Unit to impact critical skills of entrepreneurship in students.
He urged them to also identify and solve problems to add up to the socio-economic development of Ghana, saying; “every obstacle is an opportunity for an entrepreneurship, thus, by so doing, you would not only meet your needs but those of others”.
Professor Nicholas Nicodamus Nana Nsowah-Nuamah, Rector of the Polytechnic, said a 300-acre land has been acquired at Kuntenase, through Government’s public-private partnership, for the development of the main campus to contain the growing population.
Among dignitaries at the function were the Akyempimhene of Kumasi, Oheneba Adusei Poku, and Mr Samuel Yaw Adusei, Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister.
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