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UDS Undergrads Empowered With Entrepreneurial Skills


2006-10-27 11:26:36
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In an attempt to arrest the problem of unemployment among university graduates in the country, which sometimes discourages most qualified students from entering into universities, the local National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) of the University For Development Studies (UDS) in Nyankpala has organized a two-day entrepreneurship seminar for all final year students of the university.

The seminar was aimed at unlocking the potentials of the students and empowering them with innovative and entrepreneurial proficiencies to determine their own futures. It was under the theme, “Entrepreneurship-Key to Unlock the Wealth of the Nation”.

In his welcome address, the UDS local NUGS president, Anyiam K. Aloysius, regretted that the university students, particularly those from the UDS, often became frustrated in search for productive jobs to earn a living after completion of their studies.

According to him, this situation had brought about not only abject poverty and social difficulties amongst some families in the country, but had also increased over-dependency rate, particularly in the three northern regions where some graduates still depended on the same families that had spent their last Pesewa to educate them.

The NUGS President was of the singular view that people would soon look down on them and describe university education as useless if the trend continued, and thus appealed to the government to make quick amends by making jobs available for all.

Mr. Anyiam was optimistic that the seminar, which was going to be organized annually, would prepare the final students of the UDS to withstand all challenges in life, start up their own ventures and contribute meaningfully to the economic development of this country.

The local NUGS president also advised his colleague students to be disciplined and live consecrate lives that would bear good fruits for their communities and the country as a whole.

The Deputy Northern Regional Minister, Mohammed Adam Amin-Anta, in his keynote address expressed grave concern about how some intellectuals in the region lead the poor and ignorant youth to cause mayhem and disorder for their personal interests.

He reminded that the students could achieve their goal of wealth-creation like other investors only when there was relative peace and stability in the country.

He therefore entreated them to build “peace advocacy” into their activities and talk to community leaders to compromise on issues so as to create an enabling environment for effective socio-economic development.

Mr. Amin-Anta outlined some of the plans put in place by the NPP government to encourage young entrepreneurs, which he said included ¢1 trillion for the implementation of the National Youth Employment Programme.

He also advised them to form groups and associations to enable them attract loans from the commercial and investment banks in the country.

The workshop attracted almost all the final year students from all the departments and faculties of the institution.

In an interview with The Chronicle, one of the participants, Miss Susana Kusi, described the seminar as a lifetime opportunity for all the final students particularly those who would realize the need to utilize it. She encouraged her colleagues to always think of what they could do for their own sustainability before thinking about how the government or an organization could support them.

“What is in your hand is what belongs to you. I know therefore that my friends will share this sentiment with me so that we will not become burdens on our parents and communities after our studies,” she said.

source: Chronicle

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