Graduates urged to use talents to effect change in society

Ms Eva Lokko

A former Director General of Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), Ms Eva Lokko, has urged graduates to use their talents to develop ideas which will effect change in the society.

That, she said, would only be possible if tertiary institutions nurtured talents and encouraged students to choose courses in line with their talents.

According to her, talents were enhanced in tertiary institutions through the courses chosen by the students which would in turn make learning easier.

Addressing the 8th congregation of the Regent University College in Accra on Saturday, Ms Lokko said with acquired talents, graduates would enter the business world as already made professionals to achieve whatever they planned.

She added that employers sought to recruit graduates with not only classroom knowledge but also talents and skills which would grow their businesses, adding that they looked out for employees who were self-motivated, and stressed that “talent is what you need to develop and enhance yourself”.

Ms Lokko urged graduates with entrepreneurial skills to create opportunities for themselves and the society at large.

“Do not be lured”

Ms Lokko advised the graduates to be people of integrity to help develop the nation.

She added that although there was a high level of unemployment in the country, graduates should desist from accepting dubious jobs which would daunt their reputation in the future.

“Do not be lured into occupations which would land you in situations that would mar your future,” she added.

She called on graduates to enhance their working experiences by taking up internship programmes which would make their curriculum vitae (CV) attractive when they go out in search of jobs.

Raising cost

The President of the school, Rev. Prof Emmanuel Kingsley Kwabena Larbi, said despite the current economic crisis, they were keeping their fees low and added that “it has become imperative to make certain adjustment to stay afloat.”

He added that with effect from 2015/2016 academic year, local students would not pay less than 50 per cent of what foreign students paid.

Rev. Larbi stated that the 2014/2015 academic year began with an active undergraduate student population of more than 1,664.

“The current student population, which is around 1,600, is made up of 79 per cent Ghanaians and 29 per cent foreign students from various African Countries”, he added.

Mr Felix Kojo Aggrey, who received an award for being the overall best student, advised his colleagues to strive for excellence and avoid all corrupt practices as they entered into the business world.

More than 522 students graduated from the schools of Business and Leadership, Engineering and Technology and Informatics this year.