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26.11.2008 Education

Use entrepreneurial capacity to create jobs- KNUST Don urges students

By Isaac Akweetey, Koforidua - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Vice-Chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Prof. Kwasi Kwafo Adarkwa, has urged students of the various universities, across the length and breadth of the country, to use entrepreneurial capacity to create jobs for themselves, rather than going round, with cup in hand, for jobs after their education.

Speaking at the function, which was colourfully attended by relatives, friends and families of the graduands, the KNUST Don explained that in order to provide and enhance socio-economic the transformation of the country, it was imperative for students who graduated from higher the institutions of learning, to put into practice what they learnt to create jobs and wealth for themselves.

He made the disclosure at the Second Graduation ceremony of the All Nations University College (ANU), here in Koforidua last Saturday.

He lamented that the prevailing circumstances in the economy, offered tremendous job opportunities, as well as challenges, however, the way one handled such opportunities and challenges, would depend on how innovative that person would be. He, therefore, urged the graduands to take advantage of the tremendous opportunities that the economy offered, in order to fight against disease, illiteracy, poverty, hunger and corruption.

Explaining the essence of the function, Prof. Adarkwa said congregation or graduation ceremonies had been part of annual academic rituals, during which degrees and certificates were awarded to graduating students that satisfy graduation requirements of their respective universities.

The graduands graduated in Computer Science, Business Administration, Electronic Communication Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Bible Studies.

On the elections, the KNUST Prof. asked the students to use their level of intellectual ability, to educate the general public on the need for peace in the forthcoming December general elections.

He appealed to all well-meaning Ghanaians, to aim at building a harmonious society, which would lead to avenues for peace, rather than activities that would foment violence and misunderstanding.

He noted that for peace to prevail in the upcoming general elections, it required a strong, viable and assertive commitment and effort, on the part of stakeholders, to achieve that dream.

On his part, the Founder and President of the College, Dr. Samuel H. Donkor, stressed that the African continent was still chasing the shadows of the other continents, as a result of poor leadership skills and management.

He noted that in order to produce good leaders, especially in Ghana, to manage the affairs of the country's resources, there was the need to introduce personality development training programmes in all institutions of higher learning, across the length and breadth of the country, and not just dispensing knowledge.