The attention of the above dignified association has been drawn to a publication in your Wednesday 4th January 2011 edition of the Daily Graphic, page 11 captioned “Graduates advised not to stay unemployed”.
I wish on behalf of the Unemployed Graduates Association of Ghana (UGAG) to react and make clear to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KAMA Group of Companies, Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo for making disagreeable remarks such as “graduates should resist the temptation of joining the Association of Unemployed Graduates”.
First and foremost, the association has on numerous press releases emphasized the fact that it is a non-political organization which is seriously seeking and pursuing visionary goals towards graduate employment in Ghana. If Dr. Addo cares to know, at the just ended entrepreneurship fair held at the Kofi Annan ICT Center (10th – 11th November 2011) which was organized in collaboration with the Ministries of Local Government and Employment & Social Welfare, the sector Ministers and the Vice President – His Excellency John Mahama applauded the Association for not hitting the streets to demonstrate but always suggesting pragmatic policies seeking to help address the problem of graduates unemployment. This I wish to ask Dr. Addo, if indeed it is good to advise unemployed graduates to resist joining the association.
The motivation as being shared by Dr. Addo is that there are no jobs out there in theses challenging times and as expected graduate unemployment will surely rise. The association through this motivation has created awareness to enlighten more than 5000 unemployed graduates to seize limited opportunities in the country in order to create jobs for themselves and others.
A critical question the association wishes to ask Dr. Addo is that on what basis would Dr. Addo have for him to argue that becoming a member of the association could consign one to perpetual unemployment? I leave the answer to all members of the association and Ghanaians.
Currently, the association has over 100 associate members who even in the busy schedules of their professions still make time to join and contribute meaningfully to the goals and aspirations of the association.
We would like to appeal to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KAMA Group of Companies, Dr. Michael Agyekum Addo that our doors are always opened for any enquiries regarding our operations and supporting activities towards the promotion of graduate employment. As a matter of fact, this year 2012 will see a lot of entrepreneurship programs and job creation fairs for all unemployed graduates in Ghana and it is my prayer and hope that Dr. Addo does not turn his back on us when we knock at his door for any support and assistance.
Happy New Year to UGAG Members and Ghanaians!!
Justice Kojo Antwi
Ag. President of UGAG
Email: [email protected]