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Prof. Darkwa urges higher educational institutions to produce employable graduates

By
Iddi Yire, GNA
   

Accra, June 18, GNA –
Higher educational institutions which train the labour force have a role to
play in ensuring that their products are well-equipped with employable skills,
Professor Osei Darkwa, the President of Ghana Telecom University College, has
said.

He said successive
governments had rolled out several models and initiatives aimed at job
creation, however, those policies and programmes had yielded little or no
impact.

Prof. Darkwa said this
at the weekend during the eighth graduation ceremony of the Pentecost
University College (PUC) in Accra on the theme: “Economic Growth and Job
Creation: The Role of Private Universities”.

A total of 285
students graduated from the Faculty of Theology and Mission, Faculty of
Engineering, Science and Computing as well as the Faculty of Business
Administration.

Prof Darkwa said
private universities had even much greater responsibility to turn out the
calibre of graduates required by industry by ensuring that they acquired
entrepreneurial skills to remain relevant.

Her said one area the
universities, particularly the private ones, could explore was Information
Communication Technology (ICT) to contribute meaningfully towards economic
growth and job creation.

He noted that ICT
stimulated economic growth and boosted job creation and it was important for
government to put in place the necessary policies and infrastructure for
educational institutions to leverage on ICT to make their products employable.

Prof Darkwa urged the
graduands to believe in themselves, confront the opportunities and challenges
in the world, and bear in mind that the choices they made would determine where
they would be in future.

“We believe your
training here at PUC has given you knowledge and moulded your perception about
life and its experiences and we have every confidence that this training will
be put to excellent use,” he added.

Apostle Dr Daniel
Okyere Walker, the Rector of PUC, said the current unemployment situation in
Ghana could be described as alarming which was threatening the stability of the
nation.

He said this, therefore,
called for the mobilisation of all segments of society to combat the menace
through job creation.

Dr Walker said the
Government had indicated that there would be ‘One-District One-Factory’ aimed
at enhancing the livelihood of the citizenry, however, it was worth nothing
that if the jobs were created, qualified, competent and skilled workers would
be needed.

He said government
alone was incapable of training the nation’s labour force and called on the
private institutions to join in the provision of skills that would be useful to
the ‘One-District One-Factory’ policy.

Dr. Walker said PUC,
over a decade, had produced a substantial number of graduates who were
excelling in the fields of business, politics, academia and health.

He urged graduands to
give back to society adding “shun nepotism, corruption, lawlessness,
laziness, impatience and injustice, and embrace virtues such as hard work,
innovation, creativity, teamwork and integrity”.

GNA

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