Graduates urged to be creative

Mr. Bernard Oduro Takyi, a Sunyani-based businessman, has advised graduates to be creative and innovative in creating jobs for themselves, to help reduce unemployment in the country.

Mr. Takyi, Chief Executive Officer of Omanbapa Ghana Limited, gave the advice at the 18th graduation ceremony of Don Bosco Technical Institute at Odumase in the Sunyani West District.

Mr Takyi, who was speaking on the theme, “How to become entrepreneurs,” advised technical vocational students to come out with creative and innovative skills to make them self-reliant.

A total of 92 students,  comprising 60 males and 32 females, graduated in a three-year course on Computer Technology, Building Technology, Secretarial Studies, General Agricultural and Creative Arts.

He observed that the graduate unemployment, which was hindering efforts at reducing poverty, posed a threat to national security.

“We are all guilty of the unemployment situation because  a structural defect that is being promoted by the current  educational system  places emphasis on white collar jobs at the painful neglect  of technical education  that encourages  self-employment  and business   ownership,”  he said.

Mr.  Takyi urged  students to have  positive   attitudes and be solution-oriented  and   provide   workable solutions  to problems of social impact, adding that    graduates must   be passionate about their ideas.

Reverend Father Mark Anthony, Principal of the institute,   enjoined the students to assist through effective campaign, to promote made-in-Ghana goods, to reverse the trend of mass importation of products into the country.

GNA

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