Professor Martin Morgan Tuuli, Deputy Rector, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), has urged the Government to create an enabling environment for graduates to venture into entrepreneurship.
While supporting calls on graduates to consider establishing their own businesses, he said it would be difficult for graduates to successfully undertake any business activity if the right support systems were not put in place.
“For instance, we can create Science Parks that allows start-ups places where they can start their own businesses.
“So long as an enabling environment is provided, where resources are made available, opportunities are created for graduates coming out of school, then they will be able to build or start companies and be able to employ others,” he said in an interview at the 5th Doctoral Graduation Ceremony of the Nobel International Business School (NiBS) in Accra.
Prof. Tuuli appealed to corporate institutions and industries to offer internship opportunities to students to enable them acquire employable skills and experience, and to help bridge the gap between academia and industry.
A total of 67 students graduated at the event, after pursuing various Doctoral and PhD programmes at the NiBS.
They comprised PhD in Business Administration, 12; Doctor of Business Administration, 34, and Doctor of Business Leadership, 21.
Notable personalities among those graduating included Rev. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ms Janet Tulasi, a former Municipal Chief Executive for Ga East Municipality, and Mr Adam Bonaa, Security analyst.
Prof. Tuuli urged them to use the tools and skills they had acquired to pursue a life of significance to benefit mankind.
“The education you have received is not necessarily enough or the end and you need to continue to develop your personal, professional and practical capacity to learn and unlearn, innovate, adapt and reinvent yourselves constantly as much as possible in an ever evolving world,” he said.
Prof. Professor Kwaku Atuahene-Gima, the Founding President and Executive Dean of the NiBS, expressed concern over what he described as lack of cooperation among institutions in the country, stressing that such tendencies could undermine the country’s development.
He urged the graduands to share ideas and work together to address the challenges confronting the country.
“There is so much competition in the system and if we are not careful, we are sowing the seed for our own destruction,” he said.
Dr Daniel Addo, the Director of Finance at the National Petroleum Authority, encouraged them to write for publication to contribute to knowledge and development.