By Ike Dzokpo
Every year, tons of youth graduate into the labour market without a clue of their future despite all efforts made in creating more jobs, the unemployment rate is on the increase.
On another side, our political terrain has shown the enormous involvement of youths in politics. The outcome has not been the best since lots of youths are ill informed of what POLITICS entails, the role and responsibility of the younger citizens.
In a bid to advance the youths from the university level, The Youth in Politics and Entrepreneurship summit was initiated.
The summit was aimed at guiding and inspiring university students to excel as students, spend their time and resources in viable investments, seek avenue for entrepreneurship; and be positively involved in politics to the betterment of the economy and society at large.
The summit was jointly put together by GP Africana Concept Int’l, Finding The Future Ghana and the Students Representative Council (SRC) of Valley View University, Dodowa, Ghana with support from Databank Group.
Speaking at The summit was Mr. Joe Jackson, The Director of Business Operations of Dalex Finance.
According to him: “OVER 40% OF UNIVERSITY STUDENTS HAVE NO EMPLOYMENT PROSPECTS WHEN THEY GRADUATE’. He further said that Entrepreneurship is no longer a choice; but the only viable employment option available to lots of young graduates in the country.
Looking at the efforts and outcomes of past and present government, Ghana still has a long way to go in tackling the depressing phenomenon of joblessness because it is not creating enough opportunities for the teaming graduates.
Drawing the attention of participants to the disappointment in job searching, he said: “you are not going to get your dream job when you walk out of this institution. You may have to create one”.
Mr. Joe Jackson attributed the situation on partisan politics, widespread corruption, greed and recklessness in the country. He bemoaned the trend that if you are not blessed with people, parents and guardians with ‘connection’ to get you slotted into the very few jobs that are being created, you are in trouble.
Anchoring his presentation on the theme: “PRESS ON, he said there is good news! Entrepreneurship could earn you a lot of money but the journey is arduous and requires a lot of time. Just start and press on…and success is assured”.
Believe in your dream even when others do not, and be sure there is need for whatever you are doing. Being an entrepreneur does not mean you are opting for less; sometimes, you are opting for more.
Just be ready to fail and use the lessons from the failure to improve the rest of the journey. Self-belief, faith, perseverance, hard work are key characteristics that will see you through as an entrepreneur, he admonished the students.
The summit ended with questions answers and responses from various parties.
President of the Students Representative Council of the University said, “…the realities on the ground as revealed to us by Mr. Joe Jackson were staggering. He shared his real life experience with us as a successful entrepreneur. It felt so real, revealing and very interesting…”
CEO of GP Africana International, Mr. God’spower F, spoke fondly about the initiative and said “… our mission is simple, we want to whip up the interest of the youth in politics and entrepreneurship. The speaker was explicit, he gave us exactly what we were expecting as organizer and this reflected in the responses from the students and staff…”
The Program Director and CEO of Finding The Future Ghana expressed gratitude to Databank Group for her support as well as the entire university community. He further said that this summit was carefully plan to guide and inspire participants to take responsibility of their success in life. Getting involved in politics and being an entrepreneur are vital roles all youths shouldn’t neglect.
Also present at the event were Hon. Isaac Otu Zorh (Shai Osudoku Constituency) and Hon. Patrick Dei-Lartey, the Chairman Business Advisory Committee and Assembly Man (Salem Dodowa) representing the Honorable Member of Parliament for Dodowa Constituency and Staff of Valley View University.
Source News Ghana