Strategic harnessing of the industrial arts and design capacities of Ghanaians, could be a game-changer in tackling the vexed issue of unemployment in the country, John Lodonu, lecturer at the Industrial Arts Department of Ho Polytechnic, has observed.
He was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the official launch of the Ho Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design-Industrial Arts Department End of Year Exhibition.
The exhibition, featuring original works of the pioneering students of the Polytechnic in the areas of textiles, sculpture, graphic design, ceramics and painting, was dubbed, “The Genesis.”
Mr Lodonu observed that bits and pieces of materials in the environment, such as woods, stones, straws, bamboos, oyster shells, clay and fabric among others, could be transformed into breath-holding products.
He called for education on the importance of visual arts as a subject in schools, to pull in the many talents students are ignorant about and the livelihood prospects.
Dr Noble Dzegbor, Dean of the Faculty said the faculty could raise the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) capacity of the polytechnic considerably, if provided with a production unit.
Professor Emmanuel Kojo Sakyi, Rector of the Polytechnic after going round the stands said time was up to “do everything” to provide the needs of the Industrial Arts Department.
He said output within 18 months, “in an environment of scarcity of resources,” was gratifying and prospects “as I can see,” are very good, with some products of high market value.