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Be creative and innovative, graduates urged

By Kodjo
Adams, GNA

Accra, July 29, GNA – Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori
Panin, the Okyenhene, has called on graduates to be innovative and create
realistic ideas to change the course of the country’s history.

He said knowledge is pivotal in every
dispensation and it is critical for graduates to apply the skills acquired to
transform the country and make it great and strong.

Osagyefuo Ofori Panin said this on Saturday at
the 17th graduation ceremony of Ghana Institute of Management and
Public Administration (GIMPA) graduate and undergraduate students.

He urged the graduates, who were trained in
governance, technology and business administration, to integrate their skills
to become change ambassadors and ensure that the knowledge gained would benefit
the entire society.

“You need to search your goals as graduates,
be persistent in the pursuit of your vision and strive hard for success because
we live in a world that is knowledge-driven and need to take advantage to
grow”, he said.

The Okyenhene said every country that has
developed was hinged on what they know and how well the knowledge was
effectively utilised to the benefit of all, saying development in Africa has
slowed down because of failure to apply the knowledge acquired.

He expressed worry about the spate of
unemployment in the country saying about 40,000 students would graduate this
year and this would add to the existing numbers.

He called for decentralisation to give
opportunities to others to take charge of responsibilities to spur
developmental in the local communities.

Osagyefuo Ofori Panin said the country must
continue to be seen as politically stable, good socio-economic indicators,
peace and unity and better education devoid of negative vices that militate
development.

He said there was hope for the country and
assured all to take full responsibility of our actions and rise above parochial
interests and focus on the interest of the nation.

Professor Jophus Anamuah-Mensah, Former Vice
Chancellor of Winneba University of Education, said tertiary education is
critical for economic and political development and this provided avenue for
the needed human resource development.

“We need bold and aspirational visions to
transform the tertiary educational system to respond to the direction for
change in the society through the production of highly skilled work force” he
said.

Prof Philip Ebow Bondzi-Simpson, Rector of
GIMPA, said the Institute was positioned to build on its strengths and take
advantage of existing opportunities and remain the centre of excellence in
leadership, management and public administration.

“GIMPA will continue to foster teamwork and
unity, focus on student services, learning environment and curriculum
development, have a vibrant and viable satellite campuses and focus on revenue
generation, cost control and accurate financial reporting”.

Prof Bondzi-Simpson said the Institute has
invested in the development of staff through a number of training programmes
both locally and internationally, and would continue to improve upon its human
resource development, performance and compensation issues.

He said students of School of Technology won
the 2017 Mobile App Challenge, an annual competition aimed at encouraging
computer science students to develop innovative technology solutions which
addresses real life business and societal issues.

The Rector urged the graduates to put to good
use the skills and knowledge acquired and make a difference in their field of
work.

GNA

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