Dr. Charles Brempong- Yeboah, acting Rector of the University College of Agriculture and Environmental Studies (UCAES), has urged the National Accreditation Board (NAB) to positively skew their accreditation process to favour agriculture-based institutions in the country.
According to Dr Brempong- Yeboah, there are too many humanity and business base institutions that are producing graduates who are not gaining employment after completion of their education which has resulted in increased graduate unemployment rate in the country.
Interacting with journalists in Accra, Dr. Brempong-Yeboah urged the board to consider accrediting one agriculture university in every region to ensure the requisite human resource for the agriculture sector to promote agribusiness that would help to reduce unemployment.
Dr. Brempong-Yeboah who was a former Member of Parliament and a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs asked parents and guardians to also encourage their wards to study agriculture related courses at the senior high school so that they could be absorbed into the agriculture university that may be established at the instance of government.
He expressed concern about graduates being unemployed after completion of their tertiary education, saying that the agriculture sector provides immense job opportunities for the youth.
“It’s most unfortunate that we have graduates in this country who call themselves Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana,” he bemoaned and appealed to government to establish an agriculture university that will solely award students with diploma and degree in agriculture studies.
“This country is an agriculture country, but there is no public university that is solely dedicated to the production of agriculture graduates to feed over 60 per cent of people who are working in the agriculture sector,” he stressed.
The former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs advised members of the Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana to enroll at UCAES for a top-up diploma program in sustainable agriculture so that they would be self-employed after completion of the course.
Dr Brempong-Yeboah announced that UCAES, which is an initiative of the Akyeam Abuakwa Traditional Council, would soon introduce new programmes in teacher education in agriculture and bee-keeping with the aim of offering quality training in those areas, adding that the university was awaiting accreditation for the new programmes.
BY Times Reporter