EKGS Culinary Institute has held its 41st graduation ceremony in Accra with a call on government to provide support to the private sector in order to create the needed employment opportunities for the youth.
Educational Director of the Nouvelle Beauty College, Mrs Christiana Okine who made the during the graduation ceremony as the Guest Speaker noted government alone cannot provide jobs for young people hence the need for private sector participation.
According to her, government must make conscious efforts to resource whiles partnering vocational institutions such as EKGS to help curb unemployment in the country.
Mrs Okine also called on all stakeholders to contribute their quota in providing Technical and Vocational opportunities for young people through sponsorships and challenged government to develop policies that support vocational education and training.
She observed that all are not safe if all young people do not have employable skills therefore the need to show concern.
She also challenged the graduands to exhibit professionalism in the conduct of their businesses even as they avoid using inferior materials in order to maximize profits.
Director of the EKGS Institute, Mrs Afua Good Obeng-Kyei expressed concern about the unfair competition in the culinary industry due to the import of cheap materials.
She also raised concerns about high interest rate regime which does not encourage borrowing for local businesses to thrive.
Mrs Obeng-Kyei has therefore appealed to government to ensure a stable exchange regime that supports long time planning whiles providing a congenial business environment that encourages young people to venture into entrepreneurship in order to effectively contribute to the economy.
She also urged the Ministry for Business Development to focus attention on the culinary industry for support for the creation of employment opportunities for young people.
EKGS she said is committed to contributing to curbing the plastic menace which has become an albatross on the neck of the nation in leading by example through paper packaging.
The Director assured of her outfits commitment to inculcate best values in products of the Institute.
She announced that a new ultra-modern complex of the Institute will soon be open at Sakaman, Accra.
A total of 150 graduands includes six internationals, three each from Togo and Nigeria after six months of vigorous training in culinary skills.
The event was on the theme: " EKGS Culinary Institute: Creating Sharing Values for the Younger Generation".
The Nkabohene of Kumawu Traditional Area, Nana Otuo Owoahene Acheampong who chaired the event commended the Director for her visionary for the past 41years.
He exulted the graduands to excel beyond the borders of Ghana to help reduce Ghana's employment burden.
Nana who is also the Regional Director of Culture, Ahafo Region challenged the graduands to believe in themselves and avoid cutting corners to help them make great.
He also reiterated the Director's call on the Ministry of Business Development for support to the
The students in a school report pledged to exhibit good character in their line of work as good ambassadors of the Institute.