4 December 2013

Ghana: Unemployment to Hit the Roof If...

Unemployment is expected to rise in the country in the coming years, if concrete measures are not put in place by the government and tertiary institutions to train the youth to acquire knowledge and skills to be self-employed, the Director of Global Connect Consultancy, Mr. Paual K. Drapson, has observed.

He said unemployment was not a national issue, but a global phenomenon and that statistics by the International Labour Organisation indicate that unemployment in the country hit 4.2 million in 2012.

The Director of Global Connect Consultancy made the appeal during Pentecost University College (PUC) Student Representative Council (SRC) media launch of trade and entrepreneurship fair, dubbed "Unveiling, Nurturing and Networking Tomorrow's Business Leaders for Global Impact".

According to Mr. Paual K. Drapson, he was surprised that some youth had formed Unemployed Graduates Association, questioning "where is the knowledge and skills they acquired from the four years of higher learning.

"The aim of education is to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to identify and solve problems. Very soon, a lot of tellers in the banks will be redundant because technology has made room for a machine that can aid one to pay in, as well as withdraw money."

He, therefore, appealed to the youth to use the knowledge and skills they acquire from school to develop their talents. Every employer would go for this machine because it is less costly and more efficient. And the aim of a businessman is to maximize profit and reduce cost.

Rector of PUC, Rev. Dr. Peter Ohene Kyei said the institution had introduced entrepreneur courses and programmes that would inspire students to be creative and develop their talents.

He stated that PUC has introduced science courses that would also aid students to run along with globalization, urging students to "experiment what you learn and translate and transform it into the society".

He also beckoned the government to create friendly environment for young people to experiment their talents and ideas.

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