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Sat, Aug

Adopt innovative ways to be employable

Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin addressing the congregants

The Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin, has urged the youth, especially, young graduates not to rely solely on their academic qualifications to make them successful.

He said the fact that an estimated 40,000 graduates chased 4,000 jobs annually, "is an indication that one cannot rely mainly on degrees to be successful."

At the 17th congregation of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (ACCRA) last Saturday, Osagyefuo Ofori Panin said the only way the youth could take control of their own future was for them to adopt innovative ways to make them employable.

"Ghana will not be a great nation unless the young minds are put to work," he said.

This year's graduation was held in two sessions during which the first batch of postgraduate students graduated last Friday while the undergraduate students had their turn on Saturday.

In all, about 1,000 students received various certificates with outstanding students honoured.

Structures

Osagyefuo Ofori Panin stressed the need for the right environment to be created for the youth to take advantage of in order to build their own future.

He said the right time had come for the nation to place priority on science and technology since without it, there could be no meaningful development.

Osagyefuo Ofori Panin added that it would be suicidal on the part of Ghana to belittle the role science and technology could play in the country's quest to attain its development goals.

"We need to shift attention and focus on science and technology to drive home the question for sustained development," he added.

GIMPA determined

The Rector of GIMPA, Professor Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, said over the past 17 years, the institution had trained and equipped many people in the country who were now occupying top positions both in the public and private sectors.

He said more investment had been made to ensure that students from the institution received the right training to become productive.

Prof. Bondzi-Simpson emphasised that in the coming few years a lot more investment would be made to create the needed environment for students to gain the right skills and knowledge.

He also said the institution intended to focus more on its infrastructure to accommodate the increasing number of students seeking tertiary education, adding that currently GIMPA had a student population of more than 5,000.

Prof. Bondzi-Simpson, therefore, commended the graduates for their commitments during their time in school and urged them to use the knowledge they gained to improve their own lives.